What To Do When a Dog Stops Eating
- Think about the last few days. Hindsight often really is 20:20.
- Ask other people in the dog’s life if they’ve noticed anything.
- Examine the dog.
- Inspect the food.
- When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian.
What causes loss of appetite in dogs?
The most common cause of lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs is infection or disease. Many of the viral infections such as distemper and parvovirus present with lethargy and loss of appetite. Lethargy may be caused by the lack of appetite, as if your dog is not eating then it is not getting any energy.
When should I worry about my dog not eating?
If your dog isn’t eating, consult a vet within 8-12 hours if there is any accompanying vomiting or diarrhea. Absent these symptoms, there’s a few likely reasons your dog isn’t eating, including emotional issues.
What can you give a dog that won’t eat?
Add Human Food
(Don’t give him beef fat or chicken skin, and of course avoid any cooked bones.) Dog-friendly items that you probably already have in your fridge include shredded cheese, plain yogurt (not the sugar-free kind, though!), cottage cheese, and eggs.
Why do dogs refuse to eat?
Common Causes of Loss of Appetite in Dogs
If a dog refuses to eat, it’s usually either a behavioral issue or a health-related problem. In the former case, there’s some good news: dogs whose appetite loss is related to behavior are still usually willing to eat some foods—especially new diets or treats.