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Unexplained weight loss

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:17 pm
by Cobblerscoveranch
We have an older stallion, about 17-18. He will be doing fine then suddenly drops weight. It happens every fall. He will be fine all summer, overweight if nothing else, then suddenly he drops weight. It is extreme and fast. We start him back on feed and it can take a couple months of heavy feeding to get him back but eventually he gains again and is fine all winter. We have to cut off his extra feed because he gets too fat again. All tests come back normal, bloodwork, fecals are all normal. It seems to always happen in September. Our vet is stumped. We are thinking of gelding him. At this age it is risky. We just have no other ideas. If the weight loss were not so extreme and so fast we wouldn't worry but he can go from overweight to emaciated in a couple weeks even with extra feed started. We start feeding him immediately but it doesn't seem to help, the weight loss keeps happening. We would start earlier but he has too much weight and we are concerned about founder. Just wondering if anyone has ever seen this kind of weight cycling or has ideas of something to check. Not sure if anyone can help.