What Causes Lack Of Appetite In Dogs

What causes lack of appetite in dogs?

Lack of appetite is one of the most common problems seen in pet dogs. Most owners don’t even know what it means!

It’s very common to see your dog sitting quietly staring at nothing while you’re out walking him or she is lying down with her head resting against the pillow. You may think that something else is wrong, but then you notice that she doesn’t seem hungry. She hasn’t eaten all day long and still looks fine.

You might ask yourself: “Is she sick?”

Or maybe you’ve had a bad day and she just wants to rest.

But if that’s the case, why is she not eating? Is there something wrong with me? Have I done something wrong to make my dog lose interest in food? How do I solve this problem?

Lack of appetite in dogs can be caused by many things but, fortunately, most of these are very easy to solve. In this article we discuss some of the most common problems and how to solve them. When it comes to lack of appetite in dogs, there is only one golden rule: you have to eat. If you’re a dog owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your dog eats at least once every day.

Why isn’t my dog eating?

As we said before, there are many reasons why your dog may suddenly lose his interest in food and most of these reasons are easy to solve. The most common causes of lack of appetite in dogs are: change in diet, anxiety or stress, digestive problems, and old age. Most of the time the problem is very easy to solve, but if you ignore it your dog may become seriously ill and this can be fatal.

Should I take my dog to the vet?

If your dog hasn’t eaten anything in more than a day, then you should definitely consult a veterinarian. Loss of appetite is not only a sign of hunger or apathy, it can also be a sign of serious illness such as liver or kidney disease. The sooner you catch the problem the better. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Change in diet

One of the most common causes of loss of appetite in dogs is change in diet. If you’ve recently switched your dog’s food brand or type, then the chances are that your dog will not like it and this can cause loss of appetite and vomiting. If this has happened to you, all you have to do is go back to the food your dog was eating before and slowly change it. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with an equal amount of the old food.

Keep doing this until the proportions are 50/50, then after a few days go back to just the old food. This should do the trick!

Anxiety or stress

If you’ve recently moved home, then the change can cause your dog to lose his appetite and become nervous and / or stressed. Dogs can become very attached to their surrounding and if they are not comfortable in a certain environment, then they will not feel like eating. If you’ve recently moved home, try to make the change as easy as possible for your pet. For example, if you are feeding your dog in a certain spot, then try not to move it.

This way your dog will always associate this act with comfort and won’t feel so anxious about it.

Digestive problems

Another very common cause of loss of appetite in dogs is digestive issues. The problem can be anything from diarrhea to vomiting, so if you find that your dog has either of these problems, then the first thing you should do is consult a veterinarian. If your pet’s stomach is empty, then it may be due to stress or anxiety and you should follow the advice listed above. If, however, your dog’s stomach is full, then you should take it to a veterinarian immediately, because depending on the cause of the digestive problems, your dog may become dehydrated and need immediate medical attention.

Lack of teeth

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If your dog is old and has lost a lot of teeth, then chewing his food can be a very painful experience. As a result, he may lose his appetite or even begin eating less and less over time. If this is the case, then you should consider switching to special foods that are easy for older dogs to chew and digest. Try different types until you find one that your dog enjoys.

Old age

Older dogs sometimes just don’t feel like eating, and this is perfectly normal. Just make sure they are still drinking water and you should try to make them as comfortable as possible with things they like to do. Also keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t become dehydrated. If your dog is older, then it’s a good idea to take them to a veterinarian on a regular basis for a check-up.

Loss of parent

Dogs are very social animals and if they lose a close family member, then they may not feel like eating. This is perfectly normal and should pass eventually as long as you spend a lot of time with them and try to keep their routine as similar to how it was before as possible.

Loss of appetite and vomiting can have many causes and the list above contains only some of the more common ones. If you have tried everything you can think of to get your dog to eat and he still won’t, then you should take him to a veterinarian straight away because it might be a medical problem that requires treatment. Good luck!

This article was written by William David and was original published here

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