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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-03-2020, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 10 1/2 year old neutered male dobie. The last year or so he has not been able to gain weight. He is eating good, still runs and plays, and doesn't seem like anything is bothering him, he is just skinny. I have dewormed and changed his dogfood a few times but I can't get any weight on him. You can see his ribs and even his backbone shows. Do y'all think it's just his age?
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Seniors often need more calories as they age as their metabolism changes. That's not to say that there can be underlying medical causes for weight loss as well. How many calories is he getting per day? Has he seen your vet regarding your concerns about his weight?
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Hi ren! And welcome from the Pacific NW.

One of our boys is also a 10 1/2 yo neutered male. Other than the life long repercussions of a congenital cervical (neck) issue that he was born with, he is also perfectly happy and healthy. No medical problems what so ever. His appetite is great.

When he was younger, we had to watch his weight, because he has been on steroids his entire life and one of the long term side effects was weight gain. Now, in his senior years (or in Dobe terms, his very senior years) he tends to be extremely lean. Down right skinny, in fact.

His musculature is still good, as is his energy and agility (considering his disability).
He is simply thin.

His vet, who is very familiar with Doberman's would rather see him thin as opposed to overweight .

This was a dog who as a puppy was given very little chance of living a normal life or surviving at all. So at pushing 11, our boy is a bit of a miracle and skinny is just fine for us! LOL

In any case.I hope your guy remains healthy. And as greenkouki said, If you haven't, you may want to discuss how weight with his vet. Internet diagnosis is hit or miss at best and nothing to be relied on.

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Has he had any blood tests recently?

I'm thinking of liver, kidney and blood sugar levels in particular.
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Did you consult your vet? That would be the first thing I did. It could be all sorts of things and a vet would be best equipped to help you figure it out (like others mentioned, bloodwork, etc).


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