When a Dog Won’t Eat

Unlike other Pets, Dogs need a lot of care and attention, as you would give to your newborn. They are energetic, love playing and are very sensitive to a lot of things. With that said, you may have noticed that on some occasions your Dog won’t eat, even if you try hand feeding it. Dogs have a lack of appetite, which is known as appetence or anorexia – not the human disorder kind though.  There are many reasons why your dog won’t eat and you should be worried. This include :

Change of Food:

A drastic change in what you are feeding your dog will cause a fussy behavior which may result in not feeding at all. They are picky eaters and will choose among various dog foods that they will love to eat while others they will barely give a lick. If you wish to change your dogs feeding diet then it is advised that you do it one step after the other.

  • How to change your dog food, step by step

  1. 1st week, do 75% of old food and 25% of new food and mix it properly.
  2. 2nd week, mix the old and new food in equal proportion.
  3. 3rd week, decrease the old food to 25% and increase new food to 75% and ensure it has been properly mixed.
  4. 4th week, do 87.5% of new food and 12.5% of old food and mix them well.
  5. In the 5th week, you can introduce the new food alone and it’ll be like nothing has changed for your dog.

Feeding Schedule:

Since there are small toy breeds, it is best to serve their meals in small potions preferably twice or thrice in a day. Depending on how old your dog is, you can implement a good feeding routine that you should on a daily basis strictly. Ensure they are well-spaced, say one meal in the morning, another during midday and the other in the evening. However, if you aren’t available during the day, stick to two meals a day, morning and evening.

  • Appropriate feeding routines

  1. Less than three months: always leave out food so that they can feed anytime.
  2. 3-6 months: 3 or 4 meals a day
  3. 6-12 months: 2 or 3 meals a day
  4. Above one year: 2 meals well-spaced out.

Dental Problems:

A problem with your Dog’s teeth, gums or their mouth, in general, maybe the reason why it’s not eating. Often check the state and conditions of your dog’s mouth to ensure that they don’t have a bad tooth, mouth sores or foreign objects in there. If you find something off, immediately take your dog to the vet for a checkup.

Illnesses or Pregnancy

Dogs are prone to get sick often especially due to their sensitivity. If you experience some poor eating habits in your pet then it may be suffering from a stomach upset or may just be pregnant. This is usually accompanied by either vomiting, diarrhea or an under the weather look. If this persists for more than a day, you should visit your veterinarian.

Picky Behavior

Sometimes the reason as to why your dog is not eating is because there are so many people or other pets around it eating area. This may make them feel shy, uncomfortable and be in a finicky mood. Therefore, set the food place in a quiet place where they will be comfortable. The type of bowl may also make the dog to not eat at all. Also, if it is not properly leveled or too deep and the Dog keeps on hitting its edges, then he will not be happy at all and will refrain from eating.

Solutions to your Dog’s Eating problems:

Sometimes we are too loving to the dogs and we end up spoiling them too much. The first to step to finding a solution for their lack of appetite is visiting the veterinarian to determine what the cause. Then based on the issue, apply the best solution so that your dog gets back to eating as it is required. This can be by:

  1. If it is a health issue, once the illness has been diagnosed, and treatment is underway, you can try alternative feeding solutions. For example, syringe-feeding, using a feeding tube or rather give them a liquid diet. Once they are all better, ensure to go back to normal feeding routines.
  2. On the other hand, if your dog isn’t eating due to behavioral issues, then you need to take strict measures. This may include:
  3. If you have been offering too many treats, stop or minimize until he feeds.
  4. Similarly, if you have been feeding him on human food, stop and use the step-by-step guide on how to introduce new food until dog food is back into the feeding diet.
  5. Take the dog for a walk before mealtime.
  6. Set a place aside for a better feeding environment where.
  7. Trying out new dog foods. For example; if you note your dog isn’t eating dry foods, you can try canned food or wet food as well.
  8. Try out new bowls to see what your dog prefers and at different heights.
  9. Ensure you feed your pet fresh food all the time.
  10. Making mealtime fun.

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