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 measures to hide anything that might pose 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 notice that our dogs are not showing as much enthusiasm to eat when food is put in front of them. It 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 take note of any unusual habits your dog exhibits 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 suggested on the packaging label. Exercise and lifestyle also play a role in appetite, weight gain, and weight loss. However, if your variations in food consumption and weight do not fall within the normal range, 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, or possible foreign objects ingested, as well as levels of water consumption. There are many reasons for anorexia in our pets, including 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 occurence, bloodwork, and radiographs may be recommended.  Alternatively, symptomatic treatment including anti-nausea medication, antacids, or antibiotics may be appropriate 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.