Dog Not Eating? Possible Causes and Appetite Solutions
Whether you've had pet dogs for years or you've just adopted your first puppy, it can be very distressing when your dog won't eat. There are a variety of reasons for loss of appetite in dogs, it is important to determine the cause in order to design the best treatment plan.
The first thing to keep in mind is how you're judging your dog's appetite. If you're concerned because your dog isn't eating as much as the guidelines state on the food you purchase for your pet, remember that these are only averages. Many perfectly healthy dogs eat only 60% to 70% of the amount stated on the packaging.
When your dog won't eat anything, it is referred to as anorexia. This is different from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder found in humans, and instead describes a complete loss of appetite in dogs.
Because loss of appetite in dogs can indicate illness, it is important to seek veterinary care if you notice changes in your dog's eating habits. It is especially important to respond promptly to a refusal to eat in dogs that usually eat well, puppies, small dogs, and older dogs.
Even though most dogs can go a couple of days without food without significant repercussions, it is best to address the problem as early as possible.
Reasons your dog won't eat
Just like in people, there are a variety of reasons dogs might refuse to eat. These include:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions