Last Updated on January 16, 2021
Most people find it normal when their dogs are constantly hungry, and they often blame it on their breed, activity level, or they just think it’s normal and keep overfeeding them.
However, this is not the right behaviour for an owner to have. What dogs need for a healthy life is a balanced dog diet containing healthy food in the recommended amounts for their weight and lifestyle. If your dog requires more than the desirable amounts, then maybe it’s a sign that something might be wrong with them, especially if your dog seems to be eating a lot and still losing weight.
If you clicked on this article, you’re already a preoccupied owner, so if you want to help your dog, keep reading to find out what are the causes for the mysterious increase of appetite and what you should do about it for the sake of your dog’s health.
1. Old Age In Dogs
The first cause is the least dangerous of this list. Once your dog gets older, it’s normal for them to develop behavioral changes and some diseases that can make them want to eat less or more. You and a lot of dog owners out there probably wonder how to make your dog live forever, but unfortunately, there is no magical spell that can stop time and the aging process. The best thing you can do is opt for the best dog food for longevity instead of the cheaper food at the supermarket. Encouraging your dog to stay active, whether that’s by taking them out for a walk or simply doing tricks at home, is also a good way to keep them young in spirit and avoid arthritis or any bone/muscle disease. But ultimately, life is a cycle, the best you can do is offer your pet a good life experience while they are here with you.
2. Intestinal Cancer Disease
Some types of gastrointestinal cancer, like leiomyosarcoma and adenocarcinoma, are known to cause the malabsorption of food. This means that no matter how much your dog eats their body will only absorb a small percentage of food or even none at all, which will cause them always to be hungry and lose weight. This is why one of the most common intestinal cancer symptoms is the appetite increase and a rapid weight loss in dogs. Whenever we’re dealing with such dangerous diseases, it’s always best to seek the help of a professional. Cancer can be battled, but it’s up to you to start that battle by allowing your dog to receive proper care. Remember, the sooner your dog is diagnosed, the best chances he has of surviving!