My dog lost a lot of weight, although he still has the same diet and drinks large amounts of water. He also sometimes shows signs of water retention. What could the problem be?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Dogs experience some seasonal weight changes, as do most animals -- including humans. These changes are usually quite minor, however. Since you say that your dog has lost a lot of weight, presumably in a short period of time and without any feeding changes, you are right to be concerned.
You didn’t mention what specific signs of water retention you’ve noticed, but this can be a very serious condition. It could signify an edema in the legs, which is swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluids. Another possibility is ascites (accumulation of fluid) in the abdominal area. Both of these problems are associated with heart and liver concerns.
Any time you notice a major change in your dog’s weight, eating and drinking habits, you should schedule a visit with your dog’s veterinarian. I’ve mentioned some of the medical possibilities, but a thorough examination of your dog is needed to fully diagnose what could be wrong.