Is Your Dog No Longer Eating? This Could Be The Reason

When a greedy four-legged friend suddenly loses his appetite, it causes concern for many masters. Why does the dog stop eating? This guide presents possible answers.

If your dog no longer touches his food, you should first observe his behavior very carefully. There are various reasons why the four-legged friend could no longer eat. Check your dog’s teeth and body, see if food is okay and if the environment might interfere with your dog while he eats.

If your four-legged friend only skips a few meals but otherwise looks healthy, you usually have nothing to worry about. Dogs cover their nutritional needs with food. And, of course, this can vary depending on physical activity or age. For example, older dogs need less food at some point.

However, if your protégé has shown no appetite for a long time, it could be due to one of the following reasons:

Your Dog Doesn’t Like Dog Food

Often the most obvious solution is your dog doesn’t like his food. Has it expired? Be sure to check the expiration date to rule out this cause. Color and odor can also indicate rancid dog food.

By the way, some dogs do not like to eat in unfamiliar surroundings, such as when traveling. But it’s also worth taking a closer look at the home environment: your dog may have eaten something it shouldn’t: toys, pieces of furniture or plants, or, in the worst case, drugs or chemicals. All of these can lead to indigestion and vomiting. In this case: to the veterinarian.

Dog Does Not Eat Due to Dental Problems

Many dogs stop touching food due to toothache. That is why it is always worth looking into the mouth of your four-legged friend. Have you found a broken or loose tooth or gum disease here? Then the food is probably just hurting him.

It is better to take a closer look at the rest of the body as well. Parasite infestations, lumps under the skin, coat changes, or a rash can also indicate a condition that is ruining your dog’s appetite.

Look for Other Symptoms

If your four-legged friend not only loses his appetite but also looks emaciated and suffers from other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration, you should definitely take him to the vet. This could be due to a serious medical condition such as cancer, kidney failure, liver problems, or infection.

If your dog hides during the day, sleep a lot, no longer wants to play or walk, loss of appetite may also indicate depression.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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