Get Your Dog To Eat More
In this blog, we will discuss ways to find out why your dog won’t eat and the reasons that are causing this problem.
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Dog Not Eating? Here's How to Get your Dog to Eat More
Dogs love to eat! Yes, that's true, and as a dog owner, you must have noticed this habit in your pet. Dogs will eat if you put food in front of them, even if they aren't hungry. While dog owners try their best not to overfeed their dogs, some complaint about their canine's appetite. Since dogs like eating, any loss in the inclination to eat can be alarming for a dog owner.
If you think your dog is not eating as much as it should, you need to get down to the bottom of the problem.
Steps to Find Out Why Your Dog Won’t Eat
It is normal if your dog doesn’t eat for a day. It might have a bit of an upset stomach or just doesn’t feel like eating. We all have one of those days. But if your pooch hasn't eaten in 48 hours, you must immediately take the matter in your hands. Your goal is to determine the reason why your dog won’t eat.
1. Observe Your Pooch’s Behavior
See if your dog is eating foods that are different from what you were trying to feed it. If your dog has been rejecting dry food for the past two days, try giving wet food or dog treats and see if it will eat those.
You must also observe changes in your dog's behavior if any. If your dog's feces and urine are normal, you must not force feed your pet. Check your dog's temperature as well as energy levels throughout the day. Contact a vet straight away if you notice your dog has diarrhea, pukes, or looks lethargic.
2. Check Body and Teeth
Your dog might not eat if it has inflamed gums or broken/loose teeth. If you observe any of these signs, your dog probably isn't eating because it's physically hurting it to eat. You must also check your dog's body for flea infestations, parasites, injuries, or lumps/bumps. Call a vet if anything feels unusual.
3. Check the Surroundings
A common reason for dogs to stop eating is when they are in an uncomfortable environment. Getting your dog to eat more in a new place can get very difficult. If you have moved into a new home or introduced new people around your dog, it might be a reason it won’t eat.
You must also check your surroundings for anything that your dog might have eaten by mistake. Ensure that your dog hasn't taken any medication by mistake or eaten off poisonous plants. If you notice chew marks on your carpet, your dog's toys, or find any other item missing around the house, consult a vet at once.
Reasons Why Your Dog Isn’t Eating Much
There is a high chance that your dog won't eat because it is sick or injured. Several medical conditions can cause a loss of appetite in dogs. Some of these prominent conditions are:
· Pain in teeth, tongue or gums
· Heart/Lung/Kidney/Liver disease
· Neurological diseases
If your pet has a specific eating habit like eating alone or being hand-fed by you, any changes in such habits can cause your pet to lose its appetite. If you previously gave your pet frequently dog treats or had a designated food bowl for it, changing any of these factors can also motivate your pet to stop eating.
Some common behavioral reasons your dog won’t eat are:
· Absence of a fellow pet or family member
· Moving into a new place
· Changes in weather conditions
· Changes in feeding habits
Getting Your Dog to Eat More – Tips and Tricks
1. Offer a Variety of Foods
Dogs also tend to ignore food when they are bored of eating the same thing over and over again. Add variance to your dog’s diet. Introduce bone broth for an appeal or mix food toppers in your dog’s bowl. Try giving your dog wet, dry, raw, and canned food. See which it likes the best. You can also try out different brands to entice your dog’s taste buds, making mealtime fun. Make sure whatever you give your dog is fresh and appealing. Expired, stale, or smelly food can make your pet lose its appetite.
2. Observe Water Intake
Even if your dog doesn't eat, make sure it is drinking sufficient water to prevent dehydration. If your dog is drinking the same amount of water it does each day, the chances are that it isn't eating because of an upset stomach. There must absolutely not be any day where your dog doesn’t drink anything at all.
3. Avoid Giving Table Scraps and Treats
If you have a habit of giving your dog food from your plate, stop it now. Sure your dog loves a piece of your beef steak, but giving it food from the table makes it a picky eater in the long run who will turn itself away from dog food.
4. Take Your Dog for Exercise
Regular exercise stimulates appetite and will motivate your dog to eat more. Taking your dog for a walk before each meal will boost its appetite. If you are unable to make your dog exercise frequently, you can hire a dog walker or take your dog to a dog daycare.
5. Consult a Vet
If your dog continues to decline food and you are unsure of the reason behind it, take your dog to a vet. A vet might be able to tell you if your furry friend has any serious illnesses or dental problems. A vet will also monitor changes in your dog’s weight, inspect it for torsion and prescribe foods or supplements like DHOHOO® Digestive Supplements for Dogs to help your pet recover.
Getting your dog to eat more is not an impossible task. It is very much fixable if you monitor your pet’s behaviors carefully and pay attention to its diet patterns. Don’t despair if your dog isn’t eating. Try out the tips mentioned in this blog or consult a vet for professional advice. We bet your pooch will come around and start eating its favorite food again in no time!