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Increased Appetite in Dogs

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Treatment

 

Once the condition is properly diagnosed, your veterinarian will assist you in designing a care plan, so that you can manage the rest of your dog's care at home.

 

Conditions related to the gastrointestinal system may respond to a dietary change, or to oral medication. Should polyphagia be related to diabetes, daily insulin injections will be a required part of the home treatment.

 

If the diagnosis of polyphagia is due to behavioral problems, measures to control your dog's food intake will need to be put in place. Approaches that can be used to help your dog may include a high fiber diet with close supervision of food intake, while measuring food amounts into smaller servings throughout the course of the day (as opposed to two to three large meals) to help effectively control your pet's appetite.

 

Ensure that any prescribed medication is given at the correct times, and that the full course of medicine is dispensed to your dog.

 

Living and Management

 

Even after the condition has been resolved, you should continue to monitor your dog's food intake as part of a healthy weight and nutrition plan. Your veterinarian will be able to further help you to organize a lifelong diet plan for your pet.

 

Prevention

 

Should polyphagia be caused through incorrect feeding habits, it is possible to prevent ongoing symptoms associated with this disorder by adjusting the dog's feeding routine so that overeating does not continue to occur.

 

If it is the result of a malfunction in your dog's body, you will need to maintain contact with your veterinarian, keep scheduled appointments for progress checkups, and make sure that you have an appropriate care plan in place for easy management at home.

 

 

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