Q. Dog has lost major weight and has no energy can barely get up

Sun, Nov 27, 2022

Think he might have diabetes...he looks like he's about to die
What are causes & treatment?

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Thank you for reaching out to us. First of all, you need to bring him to the clinic to confirm your doubt about his diabetes. In general, CBC, serum biochemistry, and urinalysis are carried out to confirm diabetes. Once it is confirmed, insulin therapy and a restricted diet are likely to begin.

Furthermore, you still have to bring him to the clinic regardless of the possibility of diabetes. This is because significant weight loss often indicates ongoing severe medical conditions. An appointment with a vet for a differential diagnosis is required in this case. Common differentials include cancer, infections, and metabolic diseases(e.g. kidney, liver).

Please make an appointment with a vet ASAP. Also, please use a portable crate during transport to the clinic as he is very lethargic.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us!

Thank you.