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Old 04-05-2019, 03:13 AM   #1
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Question When to be concerned about weight loss

My ham usually weighs in around 130g but for the past two weeks her weight's dropped first to 126g then to 122g. I'm just wondering if this is a seasonal thing/nothing to worry about as she is acting normally otherwise, or whether I need to visit a vet? I obviously don't want to take her unecessarily to the vets but I am willing to if people think it's necessary!
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 04-05-2019, 03:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: When to be concerned about weight loss

How old is she? Also have you checked her front teeth recently? Sometimes as they get older and don't eat so much hard food, their bottom teeth get too long and then they can't eat properly, which can lead to weight loss. If they get too long they can actually grow into the palate and prevent eating or cause pain. Usually they are kept ground down by all the hard food and chew sticks etc - but if they get toothache they can avoid chewing hard food or just not be chewing chew sticks.
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Old 04-05-2019, 03:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: When to be concerned about weight loss

She's about 10/11 months old, so I don't think she'd be classed as "older"?
I have checked her front teeth and given her a general examination (no lumps, fur loss, wet bum etc etc), everything seems to be perfectly fine aside from the weight loss
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:44 AM   #4
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Default Re: When to be concerned about weight loss

They do sometimes put on more weight in winter so it could be a seasonal thing, as long as she seems in good health otherwise I would just keep a check to see if her weight stabilises now, if not then they may be an underlying cause & a vet check might be necessary.
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