My dog doesn't eat anymore, what should I do?

Dogs generally have a good appetite. So, when you notice that your dog is not eating his kibble, it is legitimate to have some concerns.

What are the possible causes of anorexia in dogs? What should you do if your dog doesn't want to eat anymore? The answers to all your questions are in our article.

 

Why doesn't my dog eat anymore?

Loss of appetite or anorexia in dogs can have several causes, more or less serious. Generally, a loss of appetite alone, without other symptoms, is not worrisome. 

However, if you notice that your dog seems depressed, prostrate, or has digestive symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, you should absolutely consult your veterinarian because anorexia can reveal a serious health problem.

Here are some possible causes of anorexia in dogs: 

-an illness causing a high fever

-digestive problems (abdominal pain, nausea, etc.)

-intestinal obstruction

-constipation

-severe pain

-tooth or gum problems (link to: https://hellojack.eu/blogs/journal/article-36)

-kidney or heart failure

-a tumor

-intoxication or poisoning

-infectious diseases (distemper for example)

-aging, which can lead to eating disorders

Taking certain medications can also result in a decrease or loss of appetite. In this case, you should talk to your veterinarian because weight loss could weaken your dog and delay his recovery.

Lack of appetite in the puppy

If your puppy goes off kibble for the first few days of his life, but has no other symptoms, it's probably stress from the change in environment. Be sure to feed him the same food he was previously fed. 

Puppies may also start to sulk when their permanent teeth start coming in, around 4-6 months of age. 






What should I do if my dog stops eating?


If your pet doesn't eat for a day and has no other symptoms, there is no reason to be concerned. It's possible that your dog has found food in the yard or on a walk and is no longer hungry.

However, if your dog has not eaten for several days, if you observe a change in behavior, or if any other symptom appears, you should consult your veterinarian. It is necessary to verify that your dog does not suffer from a disease that could explain his loss of appetite. Also, a dog with anorexia that is lying down should be taken to the veterinarian quickly.

The veterinarian will perform some tests (blood analysis, ultrasound, ...) to determine the reasons for your dog's anorexia and administer an appropriate treatment. In some cases, hospitalization of the dog and putting him on a drip may be necessary.

Once your dog gets better, his attraction to food should return on its own. If not, contact the veterinarian again to make sure your dog is no longer ill.



Tips for restoring his appetite

If your dog still refuses his food, here are some tips to get him to eat again: 

  • Be sure to feed him what he particularly likes. You can add hot water to his kibble to enhance the flavor if needed;
  • Check the quality of the food you give him, especially the expiration date;
  • Take your dog out more and give him the opportunity to exercise more;
  • Don't give him anything else to eat but his food (no table scraps, no treats);
  • Make sure his diet is age-appropriate. Senior dogs may have a poor sense of smell or problems chewing or swallowing that make it difficult for them to eat. Choose foods that are suitable for senior dogs;
  • If you need to change your dog's food, do so gradually by making a dietary transition. It is not recommended to change your dog's diet too often.

In any case, you should not force him to eat. Leave the bowl out for about 15 minutes and then remove it, whether he's eaten or not. The water bowl should be accessible at all times.

Meals should preferably be taken at the same time of day and in a calm, stress-free environment.

Taking care of your intestinal flora to avoid anorexia

Digestive problems are becoming more and more frequent in our pets and can be the cause of loss of appetite in dogs.

Most of these problems are caused by an imbalance in the animal's intestinal flora, also called microbiota. The microbiota plays an important role in your dog's health. It impacts the immune system, energy levels and organ function. Maintaining the balance of the microbiota is therefore essential to preserve your dog's health. We recommend that you regularly use a food supplement containing prebiotics that will stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, such as our Digest supplement.  It contains different sources of prebiotics, as well as folic acid and psyllium to ensure optimal functioning of your dog's digestive system and the balance of his microbiota. Digest is presented in the form of treats with a good peanut butter taste, to treat dogs while taking care of their health !

 

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