Pete The Vet – Help! My Dog doesn’t want to eat!

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My dog does not want to eat

 

We love to take care of our dogs and feed them. It is one of the best moments of the day, isn’t it?
We feel happy to see them excited eating their meal. So when our dog is not eating as usual or also rejecting all food for a several times we feel very upset.
There are many causes of why they stop eating and it is really important to pay attention to find the reason as soon as possible.

First of all, check how long your dog is not eating. Sometimes
1 or 2 times it could be a temporary lack of appetite  but if your dog didn’t eat all day maybe there is some physical or emotional condition that should be checked.
If your dog is old is really common for them to stop eating and almost all of the time it is related to dental problems. If they want to eat but the food hurts their mouth visit your vet to examine their teeth. Maybe the problem could be solved easier than you imagine.

Some changes or facts in their lives could change their appetites.
For example, if your dog doesn’t eat after vaccination, this could be a reason. Some dogs could have adverse effects after vaccination and a lack of hungry could happen for a short time.
Another common reason is related to changes in a dog’s life. If you travel with or without them, moved to a new place, there are new people around them or also changed their daily routine, that can affect their appetite. Some dogs could be emotionaly affected even with little changes. For example did you recently change their portions, the food location or even the bowl you serve it?

Try to introduce them to the changes, if possible make the changes gradually to not upset them. They have to feel secure and comfortable. Some dog owners give dog treats and snacks during the day to their dogs, mainly when they reject their portion.

Is not a problem to give them dog treats sometimes but if they are replacing meals for snacks you have to train them to eat their main meals, because it contains all dog’s needs for great health.
Try to give them their meal at the same time of the day and leave the bowl for around 10 to 15 minutes. If your dog has not eaten it in that time pick the bowl up and put it away. Don’t give them the ration or snacks until the next meal time, so they can be hungry.

If the situation is still happening after 1 or 2 meals a prompt visit to your vet is essential to identify if there is anything else in their health that you can’t see.
While a decreased appetite in dogs could be simple to solve it could also be a sign of sickness and so the sooner you find the problem the better for your best friend.

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