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Sudden weight gain that isn't visible - cause for concern?

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Rowan

Rowan T.- Brittany
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 5:36pm PST 
I took the boys to the vet today for updated vaccinations + to get a couple of Rowan's new little growths checked out. We went to a new clinic that I've heard good things about. Rowan has weighed between 38-42 lbs the whole 5 years I've had him. 38 is too skinny and 42 is fat on him. I last weighed him a couple months ago and he was 40.2 which is pretty ideal. They weighed him today and he's 47 lbs! He has not visibly gained any weight at all. In fact, he looks good. My concern is now some kind of internal tumor/growth... honestly I'm kind of freaked out. I tried to talk to the vet about it and it's like he wasn't listening at all. Kept going on about how to tell if a dog is a good weight, last couple ribs, tuck etc etc. I kept trying to express my concerns about something inside and he'd just say "no, he's in good shape now, just watch his food intake." Uhhhh.

I weighed him as soon as we got home in case their scale was off and I got 45-46 lbs. I'm going to take him to our regular vet as soon as I can to talk to them about it and maybe get some X-rays done. In the meantime, what do you guys think? Am I overreacting? What could this be?
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Trigger

*Blackdog*
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 5:53pm PST 
Any chance it's just muscle?

My guys always weigh most in the fall because that's when they're worked the hardest. Muscle weighs more than fat and although I can clearly see the definition ramp up when they're wet I wouldn't notice the change other than what the scale says.

It would be highly unlikely a dog could grow and carry a 5-10lb tumor and you not be able to see or feel it, or have the dog suffering to a point where it would be obvious.
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Trigger

*Blackdog*
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 5:58pm PST 
Any chance it's just muscle?

My guys always weigh most in the fall because that's when they're worked the hardest. Muscle weighs more than fat and although I can clearly see the definition ramp up when they're wet I wouldn't notice the change other than what the scale says.

It would be highly unlikely a dog could grow and carry a 5-10lb tumor and you not be able to see or feel it, or have the dog suffering to a point where it would be obvious.
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Rowan

Rowan T.- Brittany
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 6:04pm PST 
As I calm down and think about it rationally, Trigger, that's what I'm realizing, too! Something that big would have to show itself somehow, whether physically or in his behavior or... something. I am a worry wart to the point of being paranoid which overrode my logic in this case.

I don't think it's muscle because his activity has actually been pretty drastically decreased in the past month or so. Although I suppose that, before, he was going to daycare with me 5 days a week, but never did anything. He mostly just napped all day. He played once in a blue moon. Now that I have a different job, even though he's getting less frequent exercise, he's actually moving and playing when we go on walks, to the dog park, etc. So maybe it could be some muscle, although I doubt it would be that much. Hmm.
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Nare

Woo-woo- whineybutt
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 6:04pm PST 
Is it possible he had recently drank / ate a lot and hadn't gone to the bathroom ? Or had something really salty ? thinking
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