Dog Refuses To Eat Reasons and Solutions

Why my dog refuses To Eat and how to solve it?

Written by: Anastasia Spevakina
One of the most frequent questions to veterinarians is why dogs  refuses to eat  .
Why the dog does not eat, and whether it can be dangerous?
Refusal to eat can be a sign of many problems and terrible diseases, that’s why you have to keep an eye on the dog’s appetite.
Let’s have a look at the most common situations, causes and solutions.

Dogs refuse to eat, but still active and playful
There can be few reasons for such behavior. Sometimes dogs refuse to eat usual food without any particular reason. They “play up”, just as we do. In such case you have to set the feeding schedule, according to the age of your pet and strictly adhere to it. Remove the bowl of food immediately after the puppy reacted to it. It does not matter if he ate all the food, or didn’t even touch, smelling and going away, just remove the bowl.
The dog may also not have a wish to eat, if he had overeaten yesterday. Contrary to popular belief that all dogs are able to control the amount of consumed food, some dogs still overeat and give themselves problems. If your dog is prone to overeating, take care of his eating habits, because it can lead to obesity.

Dogs refuse to eat, weak and sluggish.
Bad sign. Most likely, the dog needs emergency assistance because of food poisoning.
Dogs can refuse to eat, if they have problems with digestive tract or metabolism.  If the dog also starts to have unpleasant smell or dull wool, it’s time to go to the vet, because such symptoms are signs of problems with liver, kidney, pancreas or intestine.

Dogs refuse to eat, and drink a lot
Such behavior might be a symptom of high temperature, which can lead to an infectious disease. Hardly you are a professional doctor and can make a diagnosis, so don’t lose time and seek veterinary help.
Dogs refuse to eat, coughing
It can be a foreign body in the mouth of your dog, and if you were not able to find it, don’t try to search deeper – you will just scare the dog or even injure.

Dogs refuse to eat and lose weight
Foreign body, which is stuck somewhere in the intestines, can also be a reason of not eating and losing weight. In such case the dog will feel more discomfort with every new meal and begin to refuse from eating.
Most owners feed their dogs bones, even though it is not recommended. Small bone pieces clog intestines, and without surgical intervention the dog can die.
Moreover, dogs often swallow inedible objects, which looked like food. They can swallow even plastic bags together with the food. In most cases, it all comes out naturally, but sometimes third-party interference is a must.

! In any of the following cases you should consult a veterinarian, because your dog can be in danger.

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