Dogs love food, especially human foods. You can always see your dog rushing to the dish that you prepared and eagerly cleaning up every small amount of food served on his/her plate. But there are times that your dog doesn’t eat enough food. A dog that does not show interest in eating can be a source of worry and concern. If your dog doesn’t eat as much as he/she used to, you should know the cause of his/her lack of appetite.
Increasing your Dogs Appetite
To increase the appetite in your dogs, first, you must know the cause of his/her sudden aversion. There are a couple of reasons why your dog is eating less: your dog might not enjoy the food that is served. He/she may have a little discomfort in the new surrounding following a move, which also leads to your dog’s apprehension and the loss of appetite, while other dogs get easily distracted by activities and thus find it hard to focus on his/her meal.
Exercises will help stimulate your dog’s appetite and also encourage
s him/her to eat a lot
Second, skip giving him/her treats before meals. Encouraging him/her to consume more calories will likely increase the feeding issues. But you can add the sweets to his/her regular menu during your dog’s feeding period to make his/her food palatable. Lastly, give him/her plenty of exercises. Exercises will help stimulate your dog’s appetite and also encourage
s him/her to eat a lot, like taking him/her for a walk before mealtime; this helps him/her boost his/her appetite.
Eating habits are also essential to increase the appetite in your dog. First, be consistent with the time you feed your dog every day. Feed your dog twice a day, or you may consult your veterinarian for the right time and how often should do you need to feed your dog. Second, make the food of your dog tasty. You can feed him/her a canned dog food, or you can also try and create a DIY dog food - stir a few spoonful of canned dog food plus a little warm water or bone broth over the top and don’t forget to include the treats.
You can feed him/her a canned dog food, or you can also try and create a DIY dog food
If your dog still doesn't eat how he/she used to, you can try changing the feeding spot of your dog. Separate him/her away from other animals or pet, and instead of putting the food in his/her usual bowl or plate, you may try to feed him/her directly on the floor. It may sound messy, but it’s worth a try if that’s the solution to bring back your dog’s appetite. Also, take note to keep your dog food fresh and clean. Make sure that it is stored in a closed container to keep the pests out and always inspect the expiration date before buying your dog’s food. You may also consider trying out a different diet plan for your dog – switching from your usual dog food provider to a different one, and when you do, keep it subtle to prevent digestive problems. At least two or three days, gradually adding more of your new selected brand and less of his/her original food until he/she has fully adjusted to the menu.
You may also consider trying out a different diet plan for your dog – switching from your usual dog food provider to a different one
Keep also in mind that you can’t switch dog food brands very often. Because dogs can’t quickly adapt to sudden diet changes, which might be stressful for their gut, so sticking to one food brand is ideal. Also, examine the smell and the look of the dog food. Don’t let your dog eat a tainted food, as may cause him/her diarrhea or any gut diseases.
Serious loss of Appetite
When your dog's appetite suddenly declines for no reason, it is best to bring him/her to the nearest veterinarian clinic to check your dog's condition. It is possible that the reason for your dog's loss of appetite is his/her teeth problem, he/she has a sore in his/her mouth or dangerous health issues. Always observe your dog for a sign of illness. Illness is also one of the reasons why your dog has a sudden decrease in his/her appetite. If your dog shows a sign of lethargic, is in pain, is tired, and has a dull coat, or has a rumbling sound in his/her stomach, you must immediately take him/her to the veterinarian. These signs require the vet's attention. Another reason why the dog doesn't want to eat his/her food is that he/she may have had a recent vaccination. Vaccination has an adverse effect that causes your dog not to eat his/her food, this only lasts for two to three days, hence if it last longer, contact the vet immediately as it may be a severe illness.
If your dog's appetite suddenly declines for no reason, it is best to bring him/her to the vet to check your dog's condition
It is necessary to visit a veterinarian as soon as you notice a sudden change in your dog's appetite. Your vet can examine and make sure that there are no severe physical reasons for your dog’s unexpected behavior towards eating. Your vet can also provide you your dog’s BMI and the right weight for your dog. By following the steps above, it is not so difficult to increase the appetite in your dog.