Veterinarian For Dogs With Anorexia

Whether it’s hiding our trash in the closet, putting our food just a little out of reach or making sure we don’t leave the groceries out for too long, we take all sorts of measurements to hide anything that might pose as a health risk to our canine companions. Some dogs will put just about anything in their mouths that cross their paths. In some cases, however, we might notice that our dogs are not showing as much enthusiasm to eat when food is put in front of them. This can be quite distressing for a pet owner to watch your furry friend turn his nose or simply walk away from his food bowl. It is important to notice any unusual habits that your dog may be exhibiting when it comes to his appetite and water consumption.

If you are concerned that your dog eating less than the guidelines listed on your dog’s food bag, be aware that these are estimates. Many healthy dogs eat 30%-40% less than what is factored in on the packaging label. Exercise and lifestyle also play a role in appetite, weight gain, and weight loss. If this is not the case, and your pet is anorexic, a more serious underlying disease may be present.

Reasons For Your Dog’s Loss Of Appetite

Appetite loss in your dog is often a red flag that they are suffering from a medical condition, especially if they are experiencing other symptoms in conjunction with their anorexia. Any anorexic dog should be seen promptly by your veterinarian, and a careful history should be taken. Please note any vomiting, diarrhea, a possibility of foreign ingestion, and levels of water consumption. There are many reasons for anorexia in our pets, ranging from upset stomachs, to Tick born disease, even kidney failure, untreated Diabetes, and cancer. A careful account of your dog’s medical history, combined with the correct diagnostic approach, will yield the best path to a diagnosis, and, ultimately, treatment for your pet. Depending on the specifics of each case, bloodwork and radiographs may be recommended or symptomatic treatment including anti-nausea medication, antacids, or antibiotics if an infectious cause is suspected.

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Appetite loss can be a concerning clinical symptom, if you notice your dog has stopped eating or has decreased appetite, it is important to Contact your Veterinarian immediately to be evaluated.