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5 Reasons Why Your Dog is Not Eating

 by jaime on 30 Jun 2014 |
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Many dog owners are reasonably worried when their canine companion decides to forgo its meals. Loss of appetite in a dog is not uncommon; however, it is still important to keep an eye on the situation and try to understand the reasons behind the dog’s aversion to food. The following are a few reasons why your dog may be avoiding its meals.

1. The Weather
Sometimes the weather can affect a dog’s appetite. Hot weather, in particular, may render a dog less hungry than usual. Loss of appetite in heat is common in humans too. It’s important to make sure the dog is getting plenty of water throughout those hot days so that it doesn’t dehydrate. If your dog doesn’t perk up after a day or two, you might want to consider the possibility of other issues. A visit to the veterinarian might be in order.

2. Illness
When a dog doesn’t feel well, it could certainly avoid its food. While one day may not cause much concern, two days or more should alert owners to possible problems, especially if the dog typically enjoys a healthy appetite. Again, make sure the dog has access to water. If the situation does not improve, and the dog appears to be more lethargic than usual, call your vet to determine if an immediate appointment is necessary. Many dogs may be sick without showing many outward signs. Lack of appetite is one sign that may surface when dogs become ill.

3. Vaccinations
Many parents often find that children feel unwell after vaccinations and also lose their appetites for about a day. Dogs may behave similarly. Give them access to water and simply allow them to rest. They may not feel much like exercising either. Usually after a day, however, this situation resolves itself. If the dog continues to avoid its food by the second day, you might want to place a call to the vet to be on the safe side.

4. It Wants Something Better
If you’ve been spoiling your dog with table scraps, it may snub their nose at their dog bowls in the hope of getting something better like steak or chicken. If the dog is well in all other regards, this is a situation that may work itself out when the dog becomes hungry enough to resort back to its own food. You might encourage your picky eater by moistening its dry dog food with some wet food. If you know your dog is a picky eater and not sick, you shouldn't worry.

5. Nerves
If you are traveling with your dog, it is very common for them to experience a bout of nerves. In many such cases, dogs will ignore their food while trying to make heads or tails of what’s going on. While some dogs can eat anywhere and at any time, other dogs get used to their routines and may not feel comfortable eating in a brand new setting.

These are some common reasons why dogs will avoid eating. Again, if their lack of appetite persists, you should schedule a check up to make sure that nothing is seriously wrong with them.  


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