The dog refuses food!
When the dog refuses to eat, the caring owner panic. Why was the pet’s appetite great yesterday, and today it doesn’t fit the bowl? Maybe something is wrong with the feed? Or not feeling very well? Or is the new bowl to blame? Let’s analyze the main reasons and discuss what to do in such a situation.
7 main reasons why a dog refuses to eat
1. Digestive upset.
This problem is accompanied not only by refusal to eat, but also by loose stools, vomiting, lethargy, and anxiety. Diarrhea is a dangerous condition that quickly leads to dehydration, so inaction is a bad strategy. If you see that the dog is not feeling well, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Refusal from food can be one of the symptoms of viral, parasitic diseases and diseases of internal organs. Unfortunately, sometimes the disease is practically not expressed and it can be detected only at the examination.
If the dog feels well, but refuses to eat for more than three days for no apparent reason, be sure to take her to a veterinarian.
3. Unsuitable feed.
Appetite may worsen due to changes in diet. This is not necessarily a complete change of feed. Perhaps the products were not fresh enough or the dry food was stored in an open package and “weathered”. Or perhaps you offered your pet a meal for lunch that he categorically did not like, and he demonstrates his protest? that you offer your pet the right balanced, proper quality food.
4. Wrong diet.
Diet is not only the quality of the feed, but also the combination of products, the volume and number of servings, the feeding time. For example, if you use a balanced dry food as the basis of the diet, but at the same time feed the dog with products from the table, then this is a violation of the regime. Due to improper feeding, the pet’s metabolism worsens, and this affects its eating habits.
Dog refuses food
Stress is a very common reason for not eating. It’s not scary if the dog was worried about moving and missed dinner on emotions. But if the pet is very worried and skips several meals, the problem needs to be solved.
Eliminate the cause of stress as soon as possible and consult your veterinarian for a sedative for your pet. This will help bring it to life quickly and without negative consequences for the body.
Intense physical activity and an abundance of new information can also be causes of temporary refusal of food.
6. Medical procedures.
Refusal of food is a normal reaction to the administration of a vaccine or injection, to drug treatment and during the rehabilitation period after surgery or therapy.
The main thing in this situation is, together with a veterinarian, to monitor the condition of the pet. In a word, keep your finger on the pulse.
7. Certain conditions: teething, growth spurts, molting, the period of sexual hunting, etc.
The appetite may worsen if the puppy’s teeth are teething, if he has growth spurts, if the dog sheds, if she is in heat or is preparing for childbirth … This is normal, and you should not worry. Over time, the appetite normalizes.
In the absence of appetite, the dog may not eat for several days without harm to health. But if she refuses water for at least one day – this is a serious reason to turn to a veterinarian!
Dog refuses to feed
Dog refuses food: what to do?
Conditionally, the reasons for refusing food can be divided into two groups: dangerous and non-dangerous.
Dangerous cases include when, in addition to refusing to eat, there are other symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, apathy, or any other changes in behavior. In such cases, you should immediately consult a veterinarian. Procrastination is dangerous!
Non-dangerous reasons are when the dog feels well, when his behavior remains the same, despite a deterioration in appetite. In such cases, it is worth considering what exactly caused the refusal of food. Perhaps the dog did not like the new food or the new bowl smells bad of plastic? And maybe she just endures the heat?
Watch your pet. If he is healthy, the hunger strike should not last more than a couple of days. In other cases – more likely in a veterinary clinic!