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Loss of appetite

How to treat a loss of appetite in dogs

If your dog is just not eating but drinking water and doesn’t have any other symptoms you could try offering him some chicken or boiled fish and rice to see if he finds that more appetising. Sometimes with pets suffering from anxiety, it can help to hand feed them to try to stimulate their appetite.

Signs and symptoms of a loss of appetite in dogs

Clearly, your dog not eating at all or just picking at his food is the most obvious sign that he has lost his appetite. However there are a variety of other symptoms that your pooch might present as well depending on the cause such as lethargy, vomiting, seeming weak and listless and if he’s not been eating enough for a while, weight loss.

What is a loss of appetite in dogs?

Dogs aren’t exactly known for turning their noses up at food, in fact, most of them devour anything they can get their paws on. So it can come as a surprise if your dog suddenly goes off his food, especially if he normally eats well. There are some pooches that are naturally a little more discerning when it comes to their diet but if your dog won’t eat or is picky about the food he usually enjoys it can be a stressful time and leave you scratching your head and wondering ‘why is my dog not eating?’ Well, there’s no one size fits all answer to that, sometimes it’s simply your pooches way of saying he would like a change of diet, but if you notice that your dog has anorexia, the medical term for loss of appetite in dogs there has to be a reason for it.

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