It is worrying to note that his dog, hitherto gluttonous, no longer touches his bowl. If it lasts more than two days, it is essential to consult the veterinarian. There are many causes that can lead to loss of appetite in dogs, but luckily not all of them are serious. In any case, it is essential to understand the reason for this in order to find the right solution. Simple depression or serious pathology, how do you know why a dog no longer eats?
Loss of appetite in dogs: the main causes
A perfectly healthy dog may suddenly sulk his bowl for one of the following reasons:
- The temperature is scorching,
- He has eaten too many treats or his food portions are badly distributed so that he is force-fed,
- He has a little whim,
- He is stressed,
- His diet, recently modified, is more satiating,
- He doesn’t like what his master gives him to eat,
- His mash is out of date,
- The master limits the walks so that the dog no longer has the opportunity to exercise,
- The dog is taking medication or has just been vaccinated which can affect his appetite.
These are all reasons that can explain the lack of appetite in a dog. There is no need to worry about it because everything should quickly return to order. In many cases, allowing his little companion to get some air and exercise can be enough to see him enjoy his food portions again. Thephysical activity is as vital for dogs as it is for humans.
On the other hand, if the dog no longer eats it is because it may be sick and this can manifest itself in the following cases:
- A depressive state,
- An increase in body temperature,
- Gingivitis or toothaches,
- Loss of smell or taste,
- Irritation of the digestive system,
- A heart problem,
- Renal failure,
- Intestinal obstruction,
- Certain tumors,
- An intoxication.
It is well understood that in many cases, when a dog no longer eats, it is important to react quickly. Sometimes the cause can be very serious, which justifies a emergency consultation. This is the case, among others, of poisoning or intoxication, heart failure and intestinal obstruction.
My dog no longer eats: how to react?
You start by observing your dog. If we see that its croquettes are too hard and it is difficult to chew them – this is common among senior dogs because their teeth are no longer in perfect condition – do not hesitate to opt for softer kibble or for moist foods. If the animal is still as dynamic as usual, the loss of appetite may only be very episodic.
On the other hand, when a dog has not eaten for several days, seems downhearted, sad, if he complains, loses weight, coughs, vomits, has diarrhea or on the contrary is constipated and has a swollen or painful stomach, if he is shaking and has a fever, do not wait for take him to the vet. Note that if the dog is on medication, his master must not interrupt the treatment. Only the veterinarian is able to make a decision (suspend treatment, change the dosage, opt for another molecule, etc.).
When the practitioner suspects a pathology, he can prescribe Additional tests such as a urinalysis, a blood test, a dental examination, an x-ray, an ultrasound, a colonoscopy or a fibroscopy for example. It is fundamental that an underlying disease is diagnosed as soon as possible so that the dog can be treated.