Why Is My Dog Not Eating

Why Is My Dog Not Eating?

The reason why my dog doesn’t eat is because he’s too lazy. I’ve been feeding him for 3 days now and he hasn’t even taken one bite. He’s just lying there with his eyes closed looking at me like he wants to sleep. I’m pretty sure he’s hungry but he won’t do anything about it. I think its time to take him to the vet since i don’t want him getting sick from lack of food.

Can you please give some advice on what could be wrong with my dog?

What Should Be Done To Help My Dog Not Eat?

I would feed him once a day for two hours. After that, I’d have to put him back in his crate until he eats again. If he still doesn’t eat after two hours, then I’ll need to keep feeding him every 2-3 hours until he does eat. You might try putting some peanut butter on your hand and giving it to him through the cage door so he gets used to touching it. You could also try mixing it with canned food.

My Dog Seems To Be Acting Normal, Except She Won’t Eat

My 15 year old dog has been acting fairly normal except that she hasn’t eaten in three days. From the time I let her out of her cage, she has had a nose around, drank water and gone to sleep for at least 20 minutes.

This is when she decides to sleep, sometimes she just stays awake. There are no signs of vomiting or diarrhea.

Any ideas?

I have read that with some old dogs, their sense of hunger disappears altogether. I was wondering if she might be nearly blind or deaf so can’t find her food or hear you putting it down, but that seems unlikely as she seems lively in every other way. My dog doesn’t eat for three days and doesn’t seem to be particularly bothered about it, so maybe your dog is just the same. She still had some reserves to carry her for three days, so maybe today will be the day she decides to eat again.

You will just have to keep putting the food down and hope for the best. If after a few more days she still hasn’t eaten, then I would try tempting her with something tasty.

You could also check her teeth to see if they need cleaning, but as she isn’t eating, that might be difficult.

My Dog Doesn’t Eat Treats

I have tried all the tricks in the book and my dog won’t eat treats. I have tried meat, cheese, peanut butter, carrots, I’ve even tried those frozen raw-bone things that you just thaw out and microwave but he won’t touch them.

I’m really worried because he hasn’t eaten anything at all in three whole days and he looks terrible.

Do you know of anything else that might tempt him?

I once had a dog that didn’t like treats either, he wasn’t skinny and was perfectly healthy, so I wouldn’t worry about it. You could try hiding the treats in his normal food, some dogs just prefer their food without additions, however if he isn’t eating much anyway that might not work. It is possible that your dog doesn’t feel well, but if he isn’t showing any other symptoms then it is probably because he just isn’t that hungry at the moment. Just keep an eye on him and if he gets any worse, then you might need to take him to the vet.

My Dog Doesn’t Drink Enough Water

My dog is drinking water but not as much as she should be doing, I’m really worried about her, what can I do?

It sounds to me like you’ve already done all you can and that your dog just isn’t that thirsty right now. The amount of water that dogs need to drink varies a lot from breed to breed and size of dog, but as a rough guide an adult dog needs to drink about as much as they weigh in kilograms in ounces. So if your dog weighs 18lbs then he should drink around 3 pints of water a day.

As long as your dog is still going to the toilet and his skin doesn’t feel dry then he should be fine. Dogs regulate their body temperature by sweating through their foot pads and by panting, so if he is doing both of these things then he is getting rid of enough water.

If he starts to look crinkly or feels unusually dry skin then start giving him more water. If you are still worried, take him to the vets to get his fluid levels checked.

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My Dog Doesn’t Eat His Treats

I’ve just bough a big bag of your dog-treats but my dog doesn’t really like them.

I’ve tried everything but he just picks at them, what can I do?

One trick that some people use to make their dogs like their treats is to smear the treat on their nose or even their paw. Dogs have a much more powerful sense of smell than we do and they can even tell what is in the food just by smelling it. Just take one of the treats, smear it on your dogs nose or paw and then give him the treat and he should like them a lot more.

If you bought the treats from us, then please contact us and our customer service team will be happy to help.

My Dog Doesn’t Like His New Bed

I recently got your lovely handmade sheepskin dog bed, but my dog has shown no interest in it! I’ve tried everything to make it more comfortable but he still goes on the old saggy cushion that he’s had since he was a puppy.

Dogs are funny like that sometimes, they can be really fussy about their dog beds, even though it’s just an extra layer of padding to lay on. You could try warming the bed for him (see below), spraying it with canine pheromones or buying a second hand car seat belt or dog hammock and draping it over the top to make it more secure feeling.

He might still take a while to get used to it.

You could also try buying a cheaper, flat open cell bed from us and laying that on top of the sheepskin to make him more used to the feel of it. This might work better than trying to get him to lay on the sheepskin alone.

If you bought the sheepskin from us, contact our customer service and we’ll be happy to help out.

My Dog Has Scratches On His Belly

I’ve noticed that my dog has a few small scratches on his belly, near his genitals. I know he hasn’t been fighting with any other dogs because he’s been stuck inside all day while I’ve been at work.

I also know it wasn’t a female dog because I would have definitely noticed that!

It sounds to me like your dog is suffering from something called “hairy cell tumour” which is a type of skin cancer that tends to only affect middle-aged dogs. The best way to deal with this is to get him to a vet for them to have a look at it and then they can probably refer you to a specialist who can take a sample of the cells and order the right medication.

My Dog Has Loads Of Energy

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I’ve just got a new puppy and already I’m struggling to keep up with his energy levels. I walk him for an hour a day, take him to the dog park every weekend and buy all his favourite treats but he still just runs around as soon as he gets in through the door until he’s crashed out and snoring by dinner time!

This is a really common problem with young dogs and there are a few reasons for it. Young dogs have a lot of energy simply because they are young.

As they grow up and mature their energy levels will decrease but not before they’ve chewed up your favourite shoes, eaten your plants and pooped everywhere.

The other reason is that their energy levels are still all focused on one thing; playing. Dogs are predators by nature and were born to run all day, hunt for food and then run some more.

As such, their bodies are constantly telling them to run, jump and chase things. Anything that gives your puppy’s brain the idea to run around such as a thrown ball of an animal passing by outside makes him excited enough to ignore any pain in his muscles and keep going.

One solution to this is to give your dog more things to do in the day. If you take him for a walk in the morning, take him again in the evening.

When you get home from work spend time playing fetch or Frisbee in the garden with him before bed. Invest in some toys that make sounds or move around when they are kicked. Make sure he has an interactive toy he can play with while you are at work so he can burn off steam.

Another thing you can do is make sure you are feeding him enough calories throughout the day. If he is eating enough that he is putting on weight, his activity levels will decrease and he won’t need to run around as much to get his muscles working.

You can tell if a dog is getting enough food by looking at the area right behind his shoulder blades. If this is fairly flat and not sticking out much at all then he is getting enough food.

Finally, there’s nothing wrong with letting him run around and wear himself out. It’s natural for dogs to do and they are happy when they get to do it.

If you’re worried about him barking or destroying your home while he plays, invest in a toy that makes a noise when it bounces around. This will give him something else to do rather than bark and keep him occupied.

My Dog Is Weak

My dog is a 8 month old Rottweiler and I’ve just noticed that when he walks on hard surfaces his front legs give way and he sort of drags them up and down. I haven’t seen him do this on grass yet but I’m worried that it might be hip dysplasia as both parents were prone to it.

I’m going to take him to the vet soon but I wanted to check and see if there is anything else that I should be looking out for?

The most common cause for a weak dog is simple old age. Dogs begin to slow down and show their age at around 7-9 years old and this is totally normal. What you need to look out for is any other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, not wanting to eat or anything else that could indicate a serious condition. As you have noticed, the dragging of the legs could be a sign of hip dysplasia but it may also be something else.

Hip dysplasia is a common condition in larger breeds like Rottweilers but it is nothing to worry about as long as it is diagnosed early and the dog is kept at a healthy weight. Dogs with hip dysplasia have abnormally shaped hips which put far too much strain on the joints.

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This causes inflammation and pain in the joints which leads to them deteriorating at a fast rate.

You want your dog’s weight to be considered normal for his size. If he is overweight then this adds a lot of strain on the hips and could cause the dysplasia to get worse.

If you have been feeding him a high calorie food which is designed to make him energetic then it might be best to change it for something a little lower in calories and ask the vet about restricting his food on the days he doesn’t exercise so much.

There are also some things that can be done to relieve the pain of dysplasia if your dog is diagnosed with it. Most of these will involve giving him supplements which cost quite a lot at the vets but they are often effective.

Of course these won’t cure the problem but they can ease the pain he feels which should make him more comfortable. If you have been feeding him a healthy diet and restrict his food to control his weight, you should notice an increase in the amount of energy he has and he shouldn’t be in too much pain.

My Dog Is Aggressive

My dog is a lovely Alaskan Malamute but sometimes he gets very aggressive with other people and dogs. I know he is supposed to be very protective of me but sometimes I think he takes it a step too far.

Over the years he has bitten a few people and I got into trouble with the law for that. He also bit someone else’s dog a few weeks ago and I had to pay all the vet bills.

Aggression in dogs is always a cause for concern because it can indicate a severe problem with the dog. The breed you have has a reputation for being very protective of their owners which means they are likely to feel very loyal to you.

However, if it is taken too far then they can be a danger to others and this could cause you a lot of legal trouble.

The first thing that I would recommend is get your dog to the vet as soon as possible to see if there is a physical condition causing his aggressive behavior. Some medical conditions can cause irritability and even psychosis which means your dog could attack other people or animals without any warning.

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