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Old 07-11-2018, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default New momma to overweight Yorkie

On Friday I was blessed with a beautiful, chunky7 year old girl. A woman who works with my daughter mentioned to her that she had a Yorkie that was given to her about 6 months ago by a neighbor who knew someone who had passed away. She was planning on giving her away on Facebook and my daughter planned on taking her but her rental denied her,so I grabbed her up. The woman had no idea of her age, spayed, shots, she only knew she barked at every sound and was housebroke and “fat”. I met up with her and was surprised to see this little round fur baby jump out of the car. I was informed she was fed “the cheap stuff but the kids fed her everything they eat”. I took Chloe home and called the vet from the tag on her”collar” not harness. The office emailed me her records and I was pleasantly surprised that she was up to date on all of her shots until the end of 2017 as I was sure it would have been much longer. I was also surprised to see she is 7 1/2 years old, has been battling weight since about 3, was told to cut down on calorie intake. I weighed her and she is 16 pounds. And what I thought was just a waddle when she walked was a limp at closer view after reading her report, her limp is due to the patella in both legs, the right is permanent. She was to be on pain/ inflammation meds. This afternoon we have her vet visit and I am very happy to be sure she is healthy otherwise. I will discuss everything with them including her higher amount of shedding than expected in a Yorkie and the small white lump on her left eyeball. Any info your willing to share I will be very appreciative.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:29 AM   #2
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Awesome of you to take the baby in. Her knees should get a bit better once she has lost some weight. Swimming is really good exercise for pups with LP because it’s low impact. I would try to keep her from jumping as much as possible. Definitely spay her if she isn’t already spayed. Green beans can be added to her food to bulk it up but are very low in calories.
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Last year I adopted a seven year old Yorkie. He was eight pounds, too much according to the vet. The vet nutritionist wants him down to 5.5. A month after we got him he needed double luxating patella surgery. Now he is running like the wind. He loves cauliflower and broccoli for treats. I measure out his food and take some from his bowl to use for treats during the day.

I wish you as much joy as our little guy has brought with your new little girl.

Congratulations.

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Training treats are tasty and (usually) low in calories and will go a long way in getting the two of you 'connected.' Swimming is a great idea, along with very gentle walks; as she loses weight, as with us, her overall health will improve. Have fun w/Chloe!!
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Congrats on your little one!

So, she is shedding...? Do you see thin areas on her body? With fur/hair loss, you always want to test thyroid, especially too with that weight!

Also, browse thru the symptoms of Cushings bc unfortunately fur loss is a major and common sign of it. As is "pot belly". Most generalist Vets are not skilled at recognizing, fully diagnosing properly, or treating Cushings bc -as you can see- it's a disease with a TON of diffuse symptoms that first seem unrelated - but they actually are! It's a very complex disease and if you need to go down the path of exploring this disease -- PLEASE talk to me or LoveToDream (Taylor) bc there are very specific things you should know and ask for of your Vet to get a proper diagnosis.

Symptoms of Cushings

Some dogs with Cushing’s disease show the classic symptoms, while other show only a few vague symptoms. The classic symptoms are:

-Polyuria/polydipsia (PU/PD)- This is excess urinating and excess drinking of water. It is one of the first signs of the disease, and usually precedes the other symptoms by a significant period of time. Several other important diseases cause these symptoms also, notably liver disease, kidney disease pyometra, and diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes).

-Pot bellied abdomen to the point a dog might look pregnant. It is due to hepatomegaly and abdominal muscle weakness (the mechanism of which was described above in the physiology section).

-Thin skin and usually symmetrical hair loss along the trunk. The hair might grow in lighter in color or lose its luster. It might not grow in well at all. Calcium deposits under the skin, called calcinosis cutis, occur on occasion. Secondary skin infections called pyoderma are common also. The skin might also be hyperpigmented.

-Muscle wasting over the head, shoulders, thighs, and pelvis.

-Polyphagia- excess appetite. This is often interpreted by clients as being healthy, since most people think of a sick pet as not eating well. In this case your pet is over-eating, which is consistent with Cushing’s.

-Other occasional symptoms include:
Pruritis (itchy skin)- due to secondary bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections of the skin
Panting- due to affects on the lungs or the respiratory center in the brain
Obesity
Anorexia (poor appetite)
Straining to urinate or blood in urine due to urinary tract infection or bladder stone
Weakness
Depression
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Lethargy
Corneal plaques
Irregular heat cycles in female dogs
Testicular atrophy in males and clitoral enlargement in females
Emesis (vomiting) due to pancreatitis
Ataxia (incoordination), blindness, circling, and seizures due to a large pituitary tumor or spread of a malignant adrenal tumor
Lameness due to a ruptured cruciate ligament
Intra-abdominal bleeding near the kidneys (retroperitoneal space) resulting in anemia, weakness, and abdominal pain
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