[Gpdd] Cuddles' weight loss

Ginger Fitzsimmons matildalucet at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 5 18:38:34 EDT 2010

I think they can do those blood tests. I want to get through the  
Panacur course (no side effects I can detect, yay!) and see how his  
weight is before taking more steps. We took him off Metacam at the  
vet's advice to see if he still needed it. (We started him because he  
looked like he was moving uncomfortably and he did seem to perk up  
some. Didn't change his weight issues.) We are thinking of putting  
him back on because he isn't moving around all that much now, but  
that could be the weather or general laziness - he CAN move swiftly  
when sufficiently motivated, say by a brother's nose in his butt.

As the vet said on the last visit, it would be so much more  
convenient if they'd just tell us what they are feeling instead of  
making us guess.

Thanks for more ideas!


On Oct 4, 2010, at 12:00 PM, gpdd-request at gpdd.org wrote:

> Ginger,Two things come to mind when a piggy is eating but still  
> losing weight:
> Diabetes & Hyperthyroidism. In both cases, the piggy eats  
> ravenously, drinks lots of water and urinates profusely. Does your  
> vet have the capability of doing a blood test for these? For a  
> preliminary diabetes diagnosis, you could do a urine strip and test  
> for glucose, but the thyroid check needs to be a blood test.
> Hope this helps,Stacy and the Squee Squad (yeah, I've been away  
> from the Digest for a long time...)

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