My Cocker Spaniel Won't Eat
I Just Know There's A Rabbit In Here Somewhere!
Our 16 year old cocker spaniel has started loosing weight and his appetite has diminished.
We have tried different dog foods including one recommended by his vet but to no avail.
He has always eaten Proplan and has always done well.
He's in good health but we are concerned he has lost 5 pounds in the last 6/7 months.
Any suggestions please?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
I’m sorry to hear your dog is losing weight and is losing his appetite.
It sounds like your faithful old hound is moving into his winter years and is taking life more easy – just like we humans when we retire.
Your dog is 16, which is old for a Cocker Spaniel. When dogs get older they don’t need to eat so much (just like humans) so it’s natural for them to eat less. When dogs, and humans, eat less they lose weight. I don’t think losing 5 pounds in 6/7 months is too much to worry about, especially if he still looks and acts in good health. However, I must stress that I’m not a vet and would recommend that if you have any real concerns about your dog, you take him to see your vet immediately.
You obviously love your dog very much. If you are really that worried, why not allow your vet to put your mind at rest and have him checked over? When your vet gives you the all clear, you can go back to enjoying having you dog around, but without the worry!
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