Is Your Dog Not Eating Normally?

Is Your Dog Not Eating Normally?


Seeing your pet not eating has to be one of the most stressful things pet owners go through. Are they ok? Will they starve? Is the food I’m providing ok? Do I need to ring the vet?

Here are a few reasons why the dog might not be eating:

- Stress or changes to their routine: Anything that will have changed lately in their routine will have a big effect on our dog. Holidays, wake up time, walk time or a new environment can have a temporary effect on your pet’s behaviour.

  • Other food sources: If you or family members (albeit unbeknown to you!), are feeding your pet treats in between meals, they will be holding out for them. It might seem like they ‘’haven’t eaten’’ for 4 days, but if they have been getting other things, have they really not eaten at all?
  • They’ve eating something for the first time and their tummy doesn’t agree with it. If that’s the case, wait 24h and then feed them their normal meal.
It’s important that you have a conversation with your family and get everyone on board. Your pet should not get any other food than their food. Make it time limited. We do not recommend being as strict with cats, who are naturally fussier than dogs and are prone to suffering from things like chronic dehydration.
  • Minor health issues: teething, a reaction to tablets, travel sickness…These should be temporary and clearly identifiable.
  • One of a kind event: a phantom pregnancy is a common one. The pet should hopefully resume eating in a few weeks.
  • Other health problems: things like acute pancreatitis, kidney failure or cancer. Whilst they are more rare conditions, one might have to consider them.
Pets may go off their food because of changes in their environment, stress, an adverse reaction to drugs, and nausea. Dental problems, pain and internal obstructions can also cause dogs to lose their appetite.
  • The food isn’t good, and is not appetising for them. If when you turn the bag of food you see a lot of filler ingredients (rice, brown rice, pea starch, tapioca…) it might be that your pet is not really interested.
In any case, if the problem is serious or persists you should get your pet seen by a vet. They will be able to tell you if the problem is severe.

Most of the time, the problem is behavioural, so being strict and approaching things with common sense will suffice.

As always, please ask us any questions!
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