My Dog Won’t Eat Or Drink - Causes
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Have you notice that your dog won’t eat or drink? This is naturally a worrisome sign. The absence of appetite in dogs may indicating the presence of a pathology. In fact, if your dog IS NOT hungry, it is a common symptom of several diseases.
Have you noticed that your dog won’t eat dry food or any food for that matter? For more about the causes of lack of appetite in dogs, keep reading here at AnimalWised. In addition, we’ll be discussing what you can do to help your dog that won’t eat.
My dog won’t eat anything
As we’ve already mentioned, a dog not eating can be a sign of pathology and should not be ignored. These problems can range from mild disorders such as digestive problems to pathologies as serious as canine parvovirus. If your dog won’t eat, you may also notice that your dog:
- Dog not eating but drinking water: this could be due to a random lack of appetite. If it remits, there is no reason to worry. If, however, this goes on for more than a day, consult a veterinarian.
- Dog won’t eat and vomits: this could be caused by a mild digestive disorder and should spontaneously resolve in a few hours. You may notice that your dog is vomiting yellow and won’t eat. In this case, you may also notice that your dog has diarrhea. If however, this carries on for longer than a couple of hours, contact your vet.
- A sick dog that won’t eat: A sick dog that won’t eat requires veterinary attention. If you notice symptoms such as fever, lethargy or pain: consult your vet. A veterinarian will be able to diagnose the illness and treat it accordingly.
For more about digestive problems in dogs or canine parvovirus, take a look at the following articles:
My dog won’t eat or drink and just lays there
If our dog does not want to eat and you also observe symptoms such as weakness or lethargy for an extended period of time, call your vet.
If your puppy won’t eat or your old dog won’t eat, extra attention needs to be given. Both puppies and older dogs are always more vulnerable and therefore need to be treated accordingly.
My Puppy won’t eat
Common reasons puppies won’t eat or drink include:
- Preferences (like babies).
- Stress and anxiety.
- Illness or parasites.
My old dog won’t eat
When it comes to old dogs not eating or drinking, sometimes it may be just a natural part of the aging-process and other times it may be more serious. Causes of older dogs not eating may range from:
- Lack of exercise or energy = decrease in appetite.
- General process.
- Dental problems.
- Addisons disease.
- Kidney disease.
Since loss of appetite and decay are common symptoms of many diseases, you must pay attention to your dog’s behavior. Make sure to tell you veterinarian if you notice your dog is in pain, showing signs of fever, vomiting or experiencing diarrhea. The veterinarian will examine the dog and, if necessary, will propose tests such as blood and urine tests, radio or ultrasound.
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My dog won’t eat or drink
If your dog is not drinking water, in addition to not eating, we consider this a more severe case. If your dog does not eat or drink water and is suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, the risk of dehydration is higher. Dehydration is also more worrying in puppies, sick dogs or geriatrics. It is also important to know that a dehydrated dog usually loses its appetite. For more, we recommend taking a look at our articles where we discuss signs your dog is dehydrated and homemade solutions for dehydrated dogs.
In addition to problems in the dog’s digestive system, a dog not eating or drinking could also be a sign of:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Urinary infections
My sick dog won’t eat
After illness or after treatment, it is common for a dog to lose its appetite. After spending a few days fasting, some dogs find it hard to eat again as normal. You, as their carer, must know how to get your dog to eat dog food again.
What to feed a sick dog that won’t eat
When trying to get your dog to eat again, we recommend:
- Using special for convalescence, that is very palatable with a liquid texture. This texture will facilitate its intake. For more, you can also take a look at our article where we discuss some soft food for dogs with diarrhea.
- Offer your dog other treats or meals you know it really likes.
- Heat the food to stimulate smell and appetite. Make sure, of course, that the food is not too hot.
- So dog food in water to make it softer and more palatable.
- Try giving your dog food by hand.
- Start of with small quantities and build them up over the following days.
If your sick dog wont eat or if your dog has just had an operation and still won’t eat, veterinarian consultation is necessary.
In the case of dogs with chronic diseases, we recommend offering your dog an adequate and appropriate diet for the disease.
My dog won’t eat dry food
If you find that your dog won’t eat renal food anymore, there are some reasons and tricks to help you. The truth is, like humans, some dogs are picky and get bored! If you are thinking, ‘‘My dog isn’t eating but acting normal’’ There is a big chance that your dog is BORED with it’s diet. Dry dog food lacks moisture and can be tasteless for a dog. In this case, spice up your dog’s diet to induce appetite:
- Add a cooked whole egg on the top of your dog’s dry feed with a little water to moisten the food.
- Soak your dog’s dry food in bone broth.
- Add some goat’s milk to the feed to add an extra enticing flavor.
To challenge or entice your dog more, you can also offer it food in a KONG TOY. For more, take a look at how to stuff a Kong Toy.
My dog won’t eat his food
Now, how do we get our dogs to eat again? Another option would be to bake your dog some delicious pupcakes! Not only might this entice interest in food again, but it’s nutritional too. Keep watching below for more on how to make PUPcakes with chicken:
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.
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