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    I have a one year old olde English pup. I am concerned about his weight. He is more than just skinny. I am able to see his spine and rib cage. His coat is dingy and he has balding spots. I have tried changing his diet; and I have taken him to the vet. The vet said the balding spot was due to allergies and or a superficial staph infection. He received a cortisone shot and antibiotic pills for the possible staph infection which he has been taking accordingly. Our vet put him on prescribed food. But he is still not doing any better. I am very worried because his litter mate brother has very good muscle tone/ girth, is healthy looking, and his coat is full and shines. I feed both the boys the same amount. Which is a cup and a half of Pure Balance dry food. Well the thin one is now on Iams veterinarian formula;It is a wet canned food. Neither male is neutered. And the thin one's energy levels fluctuate. He can run around the yard but he easily becomes tired. I also noticed he is always excessively thirsty. He will drink and drink and drink until he vomits if given the opportunity. When he was about 14 or 15 weeks he jumped off our front stoop and broke his elbow and shoulder. I don't know if that has anything to do with anything but I want as much information in this thread as possible. These are my babies and I am terrified something is seriously wrong. I know it's isn't anything as simple as worms because the vet has done two stool samples and they have come back clean. Please help me. I feel like enough isn't being done. Thank you for your time and efforts in advance.

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    I forgot to include he weighs only 28 lbs while his brother weighs 40. And if crated for a period of time while I am at work he will urinate while the other pup won't. At first I thought it was behavioral but now I am just dying with concern.

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    I would not necessarily follow the vets recommendation for the food change; vets don't typically know alot about nutrition and usually put you on some version of food that they sell which is usually pretty poor, which I assume is the case with the Iams product. I am not sure what the direction for amounts to feed are on the food you were feeding, but 1.5 cups sounds like a very small amount of food. If its simply a matter of the 2 dogs having different metabolism, maybe you should just give more food. I give my guys approx 1.5 cups (Fromm 4 Star), topped with about 1/2 cooked roast beef and 2 squirts of Alaskan Salmon Oil (a must !!) TWICE A DAY. They are really good weights (not overweight). Good luck.

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    I agree with the above statement about the food- I'm not sure I would use that food either. But, his symptoms sound similar to diabetes. I'm not a veterinarian, but those are all common side effects of diabetes, and I would have his blood sugar tested. As for his thinness, we have a Boxer that has always been really underweight- no matter what we do, she stays so skinny. We fed her puppy food for a long time to get the extra fat- he might just have a really good metabolism. But, the peeing and drinking that much water- sounds like diabetes to me.
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    Has your vet checked thyroid and/or other endocrine issues? Excessive thirst, frequent urination, hair loss and weight loss/gain issues can point to thyroid or insulin problems in humans. My boxer was on thyroid medication from the age of 4, though she was the opposite; gaining weight and lethargic. I also agree regarding vets and nutrition information. As long as they profit from their recommendations (selling food) I take it with a grain of salt. My son has an Olde English Bulldog (she and my Lucy are best of friends; though the OEBD is twice Lucy's size. Lucy is the dominant dog.) and I think he keeps her too thin. His vet says she's the perfect weight; but then my vet said she should be able to feels Lucy's ribs without pressing. The breeder says no, that EBs are supposed to be thick.

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    Can you post some pictures of your baby? Aslo, agree with others, vet do not spend any time on nutrition when in school and they just push what they sell.

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    Has your vet done any bloodwork on him? If not, I would request a full CBC and urinalysis be run to rule out Cushing's or some other cause.

    How big is this balding spot? Can you post a picture of it?

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    I think we need @Bella'sMom here. Leslie has experience with digestive problems and I'm sure she will have an idea where to start..

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    Hope all gets better. You will receive very good advice here

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    Oh man I feel bad for you and your baby. the previous advice is very very good, and vets don't know anything about nutrition. blood work should be done and urine tests. has the vet done a scraping?
    The idea of diabetes is possible as is a thyroid problem. I don't know how much stock you put into your vet, but you might like a second opinion or just demand the necessary tests. blood work and urine really should be checked. just IMO
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    Thank you all so so much for your responses! Truly. And I am sorry I feed them a cup and a half twice a day. I wasn't clear about that. No the vet hasn't done any blood work. He always says he will do it next time but I am going to make an appointment AGAIN and demand it this time! You are all so wonderful and I appreciate it so much. I will post recent pictures as soon as I get home tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    Oh man I feel bad for you and your baby. the previous advice is very very good, and vets don't know anything about nutrition. blood work should be done and urine tests. has the vet done a scraping?
    The idea of diabetes is possible as is a thyroid problem. I don't know how much stock you put into your vet, but you might like a second opinion or just demand the necessary tests. blood work and urine really should be checked. just IMO
    Just what I was gonna suggest, blood tests, urine tests, and another vet x

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