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Why Is My Dog Not Eating?

A Cocker Spaniel puppy eating from a food bowl that says food

Just like us humans, dogs can lose their appetite as well. It can be something minor as pickiness or as serious as an illness. The most important thing to do is to figure out what the problem is as soon as possible.

So why is my dog not eating? 

1. Pickiness

An English Bulldog eating from an elevated food bowl

If your dog is a picky eater you should consult a vet to find a more suitable diet for your dog, or just try out different foods and find something your pup will like.

Never starve your dog as a punishment and a way to get them to eat something they don't like. After all, we humans don't like to be force to eat something we don't like.

2. Heat

Another reason for decreased appetite might be heat. If you have a female dog, the reason she might not feel like eating is because she is in heat. Heat can last anywhere from one to two weeks. 

But you should not wait that long. If your dog doesn't eat for more than a day or two, you should take them to the vet and have them examine your dog. The most important thing is to always provide them with fresh water.

While male dogs can't go into heat, they can feel when a female does. Male dogs can feel female dogs in heat even if they are more than two miles away. This can definetely lower appetite and result in a mood change. 

3. Anxiety or depression

It is estimated that over 40% of dogs worldwide suffer from anxiety. Loss of appetite can be one sign your dog is suffering from anxiety or depression. Spend as much time as you can with your dog and try to make feeding time as fun as possible in order to increase their appetite and happiness.

4. Dental disease

A Golden Retriever getting its teeth brushed

Often times dental issues can lead to lowered appetite. A loose or broken tooth may be causing pain. You can check yourself, but once again it is recommended you visit a vet to get a professional opinion.

5. Vaccination

A French Bulldog puppy sitting on a table at the vet's

While vaccinations keep our pets safe, they also may cause temporary loss in appetite. 

6. New surroundings

New surroundings can make dogs nervous and anxious. This can also lead to loss of appetite. Show them they are safe and stay by their side until they calm down. 

Whatever reason it may be, don't hesitate to visit a vet to get their opinion as well. Better safe than sorry! 

Thank you for reading. Hopefully you found this article interesting and helpful. Until next time! 

Stay pawsome! 🐶

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