my rottweiler is 15 and he lost to much weight

by Jake

my rottweiler is 15 and you can see his hip bones and his ribs i know it’s not healthy but i just need a couple of questions.

he will look at you like he’s just dazzing into space. i’ve had him since i was 1 in about half i’m 16 now and i’m worried about him, and he eats like crazy but he doesn’t gain weight. he has a lump on top of his ear and every now and then it’ll pop off.

he’s energetic most of the time but he’s always bugging to drink water and i’m just asking for advice.

thanks Jake

Hi Jake
At 15 years old your Rottweiler is really a very old man and it’s not unusual for elderly animals (or people) to lose weight, both muscle and fat.

However, it sounds as though he’s more hungry, and more thirsty, than normal and I strongly recommend that you have him examined by your veterinarian as soon as you can.

It sounds as though he’s doing well overall for an old dog, but there may be some underlying health issues that need to be taken care of. Only a vet can make an accurate diagnosis of that and recommend treatment if necessary.

There are special dog foods made for older dogs and they have a specific ratio of nutrients to help them stay strong and healthy. You may also want to look at some of these.

A check up is first on the list for your dog though so please get him an appointment as soon as you can.

Good luck and I hope he stays healthy for some time to come.

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Nov 13, 2011

15yr old Rottie NEW
by: Debby Kendall

You are so blessed to have him live this long so it shows you took good care of him. Please get him to a Vet ASAP he could have worms & this thing on his ear could be cancer. I wish you luck God Bless Him.

Nov 13, 2011

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It sounds to me that he may have a tapeworm. This is common problem when dogs feel always hungry & thirsty. Your dog can starve to death without realizing it. You will need to worm him. Read the packet to make sure that it kills tapeworms and every other nasties.

Had a friend i once went over and i noticed that her dog was quite underweight. So i told her to get a tape worming medication and within a week and half he went back to his weight. Tapeworms are nasty whenever your dog eats it goes straight into the tape worm, so practically you dog does not feel full because this thing eats whatever he eats.

Nov 12, 2011

Hi Jake NEW
by: Anonymous

That’s a grand old age for a rottie! Just shows how well you’ve been taking care of him. 😉

A simple question, when last did you deworm him? Worms can really take it out of an animal, particularly an older dog. I agree, take him to the vet to be checked out and ask about deworming anyway, it’s easy to overlook the obvious.

Good luck! Let us know, OK? :))

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone