Lack of appetite in dogs

The dog has always been classified as a voracious and gluttonous animal.

These characteristics have a genetic component, but other aspects also influence, such as the environment, the emotional situation of the dog, the food currently provided, and, of course, its state of health.

Detecting the reason why our puppy does not want to eat is not an easy task, since we cannot communicate with them.

Therefore, we must be very attentive to possible signs that as adopters we must know how to interpret correctly.

As we have said, we distinguish two main types of motives, psychological and physical.

Psychological reasons for poor appetite in dogs

We found 3 strong psychological causes that can lead to your dog having a loss of appetite:

You don’t like the food or you have gotten tired

This is a very common reason among small dog breeds.

This group of breeds is made up of dogs that need very low calories throughout the day to feel satisfied, plus they usually have a most exquisite palate.

If this is the case with your dog, it is important that you do not get him used to eating the same thing as you, and not at the same time that you are eating.

Likewise, it is also important to avoid eating between meals (snacks and prizes), since as we have mentioned, with the feedings they are satisfied and they have enough food in their stomach to last all day.

To ensure that our puppy does not get tired of the food, it is important that let’s avoid boring diets.

That our dog eats feed every day, assumes that it always perceives the same flavor.

In addition, it is a portion of dry food and that makes digestion difficult and does not help proper hydration; in addition to going against their nature.

Something very remarkable about Doggy Diet is the variety in the menus since there is a diversity of flavors and this makes the furry never get tired of eating.

In addition, being cooked food and not hard food, it is much more pleasant and digestible.

Stress / anxiety

This motive often goes unnoticed.

We must remain vigilant because we may notice our dog down and he will show indifference to his food bowl.

A situation of this nature can occur for multiple causes, for example, a change in your routine or schedule, a death, a move …

We must remember that our dogs are routine animals and a sudden change in your days it can alter your mood.

There is a very common reason in unspayed bitches for those who show indifference when it comes to eating: psychological pregnancy.

We must observe our dogs very well, since they may be suffering a pseudopregnancy, which makes them stop eating, in addition to being very apathetic.

That our dog is suffering a psychological pregnancy is easily detectable because it is usually also accompanied by physical changes.

In puppies: They must get used to the space

With the arrival of a new puppy, we may find that the First days show loss of appetite.

It will be a matter of time.

In fact, it is quite common that the first days they do not have a voracious appetite, but after a period of adaptation to the new environment, they will begin to ask for food constantly, since a puppy usually takes between 3 and 4 meals a day.

If our puppy still does not eat after the adaptation time period, we should observe that this is not accompanied by other physical causes, as it would be a possible indicator of disease and, in that case, we should attend the veterinarian.

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Physical reasons for poor appetite in dogs

The list of disorders that can manifest with the absence of appetite is endless and it includes slight problems, such as digestive disorders, up to serious pathologies, As the parvovirus canine.

Gastrointestinal disorders

It may be due to a food that, in a specific way, has not satisfied you. May then present stomachache and even sometimes, some swelling in the abdomen

Many dogs do fast on a voluntary basis.

This happens especially in cases where they ingest something wrong.

After this occurs, we must attempt to provide a bland diet.

In any case, we must remain attentive to the general health of our dog, since, for example, if he does not drink water and we notice that he is weak, it could be an indicator of serious illness, and it is important that we detect it in time.

Obstructions / unsuitable food

If the dog has ingested something that it cannot digest, you may feel unwell, or you may have even developed a blockage in your stomach or intestines.

Given this, it is possible that our dog vomit (white foam, yellow liquid, foreign objects, remains … we must examine the vomit to check) and do not want to eat.

Heat in females

With the arrival of the heat and, especially, when the first one occurs, it is usual that the females are not so anxious or we detect a partial loss of appetite.

This is not a cause for alert, since, if all goes well, in a few days your appetite will return to normal.

In these cases, forcing the animal can be counterproductive.

We must rest easy in remembering that your neurotransmitters will not allow you to completely stop eating due to your survival instinct.

Pain in the mouth area/tooth changes

The oral health of our furry is something we should pay attention to in a frequent way.

Above all, it is important to do so if it is a question of senior dogs or puppies.

In the case of seniors, infections in the mouth, inflammation of the gums, and even the loss of mouthparts are more common.

However, in the case of puppies, it is possible that they are showing a lack of appetite for food because his teeth are changing.

It is possible that faced with this phenomenon, their gums become inflamed, even presenting discomfort or pain.

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Conclusion on the lack of appetite in dogs

What I want to convey to you with this post about the lack of appetite in dogs is a message of calm, and as always, emphasize the importance of prevention.

The subject of lack of appetite is very broad, and as we have already commented, the physical causes can be many more than those mentioned.

Therefore, it is important to observe our furry well and go to our trusted veterinarian if we detect a possible symptom that could endanger their health.

We hope that this post has given you enough information about the reasons why a dog sometimes has a lack of appetite for food.

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