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    Default Unable to see vet till mon. Non urgent.

    Bernie, my mature GSD has had a change in behaviour. Bernie, has never been into food really. Fine on his own. But with me. Not interested in food. As im "ball lady". And he's addicted to balls.
    Now suddenly is:
    begging for food
    eating all of his food: and still hungry
    Stole food for the first time in years and years

    What the hell is going on. He was never interested in food before, why now?
    any ideas

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    There could be many reasons why Bernie is like this now.

    Can you pinpoint when it started ?

    Was it soon after Brian was re-homed ?

    How are you handling things with Brian not being at your place anymore ?

    Worming and vaccinations up to date ?

    For the vet visit on Monday – I would be taking a urine sample from Bernie – close to the vet visit time – and take both to the vet.

    I would also be asking the vet to take a blood sample from Bernie – for a full panel test and also thyroid test.

    Good Luck for you and Bernie’s vet visit !

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    tape worm? or just worms - they have a reputation for making a dog extra hungry. Tho that could also be a myth. Or my mum complaining about me eating so much when I was a teenager... my nickname for a couple of years was " 'mungry" (which would be a good dog name for most dogs).

    Is he getting fat? Or not? How long has he been like this?

    I'd be concerned if he was eating like this and not getting fat and doing lots and lots of extra poops...

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    How did the vet visit go for you and Bernie ?

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    hello, we go back on friday for results. Id taken a urine sample with me to vet, that id checked with a dipstick and nothing wrong there. Vet did same, nothing in urine dip stick, sample sent off to lab, 'to be sure'.
    Impatient nurse here, so i checked his blood sugar level to rule out diabetes. All results (i took 3 tests throughout the day: before food in morning , after food, and just before his dinner again) were within normal range. The highest was 6.6. So its not diabetes.

    Ive wormed him regularly all his life, but gave another dose just in case. As we've been out bush most weekends over summer. But nothing came out. So not worms, and heart worm.

    Ive searched him for parasites. But i'll be honest, with a long haired double coated dog, IM sure id miss a tick for instance. Or other critters.

    My vet is checking thyroid in the bloods. And im guessing this is where it is at. Except, there is no increase in energy level which i would expect if it were thyroiditis, or over active to the point of requiring intervention.

    He is losing weight (assessed by more prominent spine and hip feel) but not alarmingly unusual, as he's always been skinny. And goes from underweight to normal range as a base line. Tending to be more normal now he's exercised less. In fact, exercises much less now Brian has gone. As he's now taken out with pohm swimming instead of walking, as both are old cripples these days.

    The onset of the ravenous appetite coincidentally, was at same time we rehomed Brian. So there could also be a link there. Another change, is the baby is crawling and they are sharing biscuits and apples or anything else the babe has and will share with him. So environmental changes have occurred around here. Though vet didnt think environment could change an appetite < im was one of 9 in my family, and therefore totally disagree that competition does not alter appetite!

    Just have to be patient. The bloods come back on Wed, but last test not till friday. Vet will ring me if anything shows in first results.

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    Hi Bernie

    Thanks for the update.

    All I can think of is 10 minutes of swimming (for a dog) burns as much energy as 30 minutes (or more) of walking so if you're swimming them instead of walking - for the same amount of time as you used to walk them - there could be a huge increase in energy burn right there so they'd have to eat more.

    But that would affect both dogs? And only one has gotten hungrier?

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    Thank you for your update 'bernie' !

    I really hope you get some answers from the tests the vet has done !

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    It appears its the swimming substitute for a walk. Advised vet of the different exercise type. He agrees. More calories used in swimming than a rough terrain romp/run/trot. But i only swim them for 30mins, whereas they walk for a hour, including a rabbit hunt most mornings. I would of sworn that was expending more claories than swimming for a ball. Go figure? Get your dogs swimming people. Half the time in the dark mornings. For those with access of course.

    All vet bloods normal, thankfully!

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    Dogs have to put a lot of work into swimming...

    I know my personal knee injury rehab involved pool work and some of that worked me like nothing else did. Faster too.

    eg put some short fins on and try to ride a bicycle in the deep end - faster... pull up and push down with those fins and wind your hands and arms around and around too... Or shallow end walking - all that water resistance. Like running up hill in soft sand against a gale while carrying weights.

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    Perhaps i should join them lol

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