Last Updated on September 16, 2020
If your dog is not eating regularly or not eating at all, then that might be a sign that something is wrong with him.
From illnesses to anxiety, there are many reasons for loss of appetite in dogs. Whenever a dog experiences this type of symptom, it is called anorexia or inappetence.
If your dog is eating little but not enough to be healthy, we call it partial anorexia, but if your dog is refusing to eat completely, your dog would be diagnosed with complete anorexia.
There’s also a term called “pseudo-anorexia,” which happens when a dog is suffering from health problems that forbidden him to eat even though he wants to.
As a dog owner, you need to pay attention to why your dog is willingly avoiding his food, and to do that, you might want to check out some things first.
1. Observe your dog’s behavior
Being an attentive dog parent is a requirement for any healthy dog.
Even if you don’t spend that much time at home, but you’re suspicious about your dog not eating his food, then it might be a good idea to keep an eye on him through a camera.
Petcube is a brand of affordable pet cameras that are available to buy at amazon. They can connect to your phone, allowing you to watch over your pet while you’re not home.
Some of these cameras also provide voice control so you can talk to your animals.
But what should you pay attention to? Firstly, try to develop a schedule; how many times is your dog drinking water and eating food? How does he spend most of the day? Playing and being active, or just laying down and sleeping all day?
All information is important. If your dog is not eating and sleeping all day, it might indicate that your dog is depressed. It’s also a good idea to check his urine and stool for abnormalities.
2. Check for dog food issues
One of the first things you should always do whenever your dog is not eating is to check his food.
Sometimes the problem is as simple as spoiled or expired food, or maybe they even accidentally spilled some water into his food bawl, and that’s why they’re not eating.
If that’s not the problem, then consider getting some dog treats. Normally dogs can’t resist treats, so if they still don’t show any interest in eating the treats, then you should start to worry.
Tip: Always make sure you’re giving high-quality dog food to your dog. It might not be the cheapest food out there, but it’s worth the extra dollars to have a healthy dog.
3. Check their body and teeth
Loss of appetite can also be related to inflammation, broken teeth, or even parasites.
This is why it’s super important to do a regular check on your doggo every other week. Start by looking at your dog teeth and see if you notice any loose or broken tooth; look at the gums, do they have a normal pink color?
Or are they super red? Do they appear to be inflamed? Also, check your dog’s fur; carefully spread the hair in his neck, ears, and tail to see any ticks or fleas. If you come across a lump or anything suspicious, call your vet immediately!
4. Be aware of your dog’s environment
Sometimes pets don’t eat for a while when moved into a new area. Maybe you got a new house, or you’re leaving him with a friend for a few weeks while you go on vacation.
Whatever the case might be, it’s normal for a dog behavior to change when his environment changes as well. A new puppy or pet can also cause some disturbance, which leads to loss of appetite.
Besides these reasons, you should also pay attention to the area where your dog usually is in and see if you notice anything that he could’ve accidentally ingested. A plant, medicine, or detergent are things that many dogs end up consuming when nobody is around.
Do you think it’s possible that your dog consumed an undesirable product or item? If so, then you should call your vet, so your dog gets examined asap!
5. Think about your actions
It’s common knowledge that you should always provide your pets with healthy food as a dog owner. Some of the most nutritious dog food might not be the best tasting or the cheapest one, but it’s worth buying just because it will keep your dog’s health checked.
However, owners tend to get carried away by seeing their pet’s happiness, and there’s nothing wrong with that unless you’re feeding him with a lot of things that he should not be eating.
From dog treats to table scraps, these types of foods are ok in low quantities, but you should avoid them nonetheless since they can have a bad impact on your dog’s health.
Besides it not being healthy, you’ll be creating a habit for your dog, where later on, they might reject their normal dog food because they only want the unhealthy food you’ve been giving them.
Now that you’re aware of what to do when your dog stops eating, let’s talk about the medical conditions related to loss of appetite, from a simple upset stomach to allergies, infections, depression, tumors, or recent vaccination. These are all valid diseases that will make a sick dog lose appetite.
Separation anxiety or a recent change in diet can also be related to the problem. The best option will always be to check with your vet to find out the real issue. But before doing so, follow these five steps to gather important information that can be useful for the vet and your dog’s possible treatment!