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Old 01-24-2018, 10:28 AM
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My 8 year old dog (akita/elkhound mix) has had a significant increase in appetite over the past 4-6 months. She wants breakfast, 2nd breakfast, snacks, munches, dinner, late night snacks, etc. Not that I give her that much food!

She typically gets about 1 cup of dry food in the morning, and we've used the same brands since we adopted her 6 years ago. She also gets her daily morning treats, again, same routine for years.

In the evening, she gets a can of food, usually mixed with table food or a little bit of dry (or both). Plus we share late night snacks if we have some ourselves.

In the past few months, she's up to 1.5 cups of dry food in the morning, a cup of dry with the canned in the evening, late night snacks and she's been digging in the kitchen trash or recycling bin in the overnight hours. She takes the dog food cans out of the recycling and licks them clean, she's done the same with empty tubs of cream cheese.

There's been no weight gain, no change in energy levels, no change to toileting habits. It's as if my middle aged spayed dog has had a pms fueled feeding frenzy going on, for months.

We mentioned this at the last vet visit, and the vet didn't seem concerned. But then, this particular vet didn't seem competent either. I'm searching for a new one.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:45 AM
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Dogs are like us and need a certain caloric intake to ratio their body weight, age and activity.

When it comes to canned food, mine get that as a treat only as it is low fat and low protein, not truly enough for feeding.

I would use extreme caution with the table scraps and snacks that you share as some can be harmful.

May I ask what kibble you feed?
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:56 PM
Location: Bloomington IL
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My Dachshund suddenly became very hungry a year ago. However, she did gain weight. A couple/few months after the hunger began, she became suddenly blind (over the course of a weekend). She has and autoimmune disease called SARDS. (Average age of onset - around 8 years old.)

Just something to be aware of.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:40 PM
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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My parents had a dog that around middle age started stealing food and acting hungry all the time and had no other obvious changes at that point turns out she had developed diabetes. She had not yet developed the increased thirst or peeing you tend to see with diabetes. So it might be worth mentioning the increased appetite to the vet.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:56 PM
Location: North Idaho
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As long as she isn't gaining weight if she starts getting fat, your have to apply your will power and cut her back.. I'd probably deworm her and have her thyroid tested.
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Old 01-25-2018, 07:46 AM
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Did they run a full thyroid panel?
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