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Why Has My Dog Gone Off His Food?

 

In general, dogs will eat the food that is put in front of them, In some cases, they will continue to eat until they vomit (and then eat the vomit). This is because dogs are instinctually wired to eat when food is available as their ancestors never knew when the next meal would be available.

However, this isn’t always the case. Dogs can be fussy eaters and they can suddenly stop eating a type of dog food that they previously preferred. The reasons why our canine friends may not want to eat anymore vary greatly and can be for mild to serious reasons.

Consider the following causes for dogs not eating in order of priority:

1. Health And Wellbeing

One of the first signs that your dog is unwell is a loss of appetite. There are many diseases and illnesses that affect dogs that can result in them not wanting to eat. In some cases, the symptoms of the illness can be difficult to detect. It is highly recommended to give your vet a call or schedule a consultation when your dogs stop eating their food.

A dog that is in pain is also less likely to eat, especially if the pain is in the mouth. So check his teeth and gums. If your pets have been exposed to toxins, this may also be a reason they are no longer eating. Your vet can check for both dental health problems and toxic exposure.

Dogs that are distressed, anxious or depressed may also lose their appetite. If your dog shows signs of changes in behavior in combination with a lack of appetite, they may be stressed. Look for any environmental or other factors that could be negatively impacting their mental or emotional wellbeing. If you can’t figure it out, call in an animal behaviorist for help.

2. Age

Older dogs, just like humans, will show a decrease in appetite as they age. This may be due to poor dental health or other health issues that plague older dogs. Changing their dog food to one that is more suitable for elderly dogs may resolve the problem. Soft food is also an option. If this does not resolve the problem, the issue could be more serious and a visit to the vet is recommended.

3. Type Of Food

Dogs are canines and therefore carnivorous. Their diet should therefore primarily contain protein (meat). However, most commercially produced dog foods contain high amounts of carbohydrates from food sources like maize or rice. These ingredients are added as a cheap means to bulk up the food but are not exactly good for your dog.

Your dog may stop eating his food because it is not meeting his nutritional requirements. It is also important to pay attention to your dog’s nutritional needs as they change over time. A puppy has different requirements to and adult dog to and elderly dog. Pay attention to the size of the chunks and flavor of the food. Just like humans, dog’s have preferences when it comes to the type of food that they eat.

Your dog may simply have become bored with the same old dog food. So try a new flavor or brand and see if this stimulates his appetite.

4. Old Food

Your dog is not going to be interested in food that has been standing in his bowl or your pantry for an extended period of time. This food has probably gone stale which means that it lacks in flavor and crunch that they may be accustomed to. Store food in airtight containers and check expiry or best before dates before purchasing the food. Also feed your dog as much as he needs in one sitting rather than letting food remain in the bowl.

5. Fussy Eaters

Some dogs are simply fussy when it comes to the type of food they will or will not eat. Never feed your dog human food as this will contribute to their fussiness and it isn’t healthy. You should also go slow on the treats. If you are feeding your dog treats throughout the day, they aren’t going to want to eat their food. Try out different types of food and add doggy approved gravies or other ingredients to get your dog to eat.

If your dog continues to avoid eating no matter what you try, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.

How Much Should you Be Feeding Your Dog?

Your dog’s diet is an important concern. It is critical that you provide for all their nutritional requirements while ensuring that they aren’t eating ingredients that could be harmful to their health. And then of course, their weight also needs to be taken into consideration when determining how much you should be feeding your dog.

There are a number of factors related to your dog to keep in mind when figuring our how much your dog needs to eat:

– The size of your dog (small, medium or large)
– The age of your dog (puppy, adult or elderly)
– The weight of your dog relative to their size (are they overweight or underweight)
– The energy level of your dog (high, moderate or low energy)
– Any physical or mental health issues that your dog might be suffering from

A smaller dog or underweight dog is going to need less food than larger dog breeds or dogs that are overweight. Puppies need more nutrients to meet their growing nutritional needs. Elderly dogs and pregnant or lactating mom’s also need greater nutritional value and may eat more than regular adult dogs. Dogs that spend most of their day sleeping are going to eat less than dogs that are active and have high energy.

There are also a number of factors related to the dog food that you choose:

– Food should be high in protein and low in carbohydrates
– Avoid food containing preservatives, artificial flavors or colors and other synthetic ingredients.
– Check the sodium content (salt) of the food. Low sodium or no sodium is more suitable for dogs.

Dogs are canines and therefore require high amounts of protein in their dog food in order to meet their nutritional requirements. Unfortunately, many dog foods available on the market bulk up the food with maize, rice or other carbohydrates. While these carbs may give your dog a quick energy boost, it is more likely to result in weight gain. The weight gain may make you think that your dog is eating to much and feeding them less resulting in them getting even less protein than they actually need.

The higher the nutritional value, the less your dog will need to eat. Food choice is therefore an extremely important factor when deciding how much you should be feeding your dog. Another factor is how often you are feeding your dog.

How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

In nature, canines can go days at a time without eating. This doesn’t mean that you should only feed your domesticated dog every few days. Our pets have become accustomed to being fed more regularly than their cousins in the wild or their ancestors. However, one feed a day should be sufficient although most dog owners prefer feeding twice daily.

In general, it is not recommended to have a bowl of food readily available for a dog to eat whenever they choose. This can lead to overeating. Keep in mind that dogs are tuned to eat as much as possible in one sitting. In other words, they won’t stop eating even if they are full.

How Much Should You Feed Your Dog?

Most types of dog food are labelled with a feeding guide on the packaging. Some high-end foods will even provide a measuring cup to ensure that you are feeding your dog the right amount. However, you will need to know the size or weight of your dog in order to follow these guidelines.

It is also important to keep in mind that the guidelines are calculated according to the average nutritional requirements of specific sizes of dogs who are at an ideal weight. If your dog is overweight, it is best not to follow this guideline but rather feed the dog according to what they should weigh. The same goes for a dog who may be underweight. Remember that the guide is for daily feeding. If you are feeding twice daily, the recommended amount should be halved for each feed.

Choosing high-quality dog food that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates is also recommended. These dog foods are more expensive but you are going to be feeding your dog less while ensuring that you meet their nutritional needs.

If you have any doubt about how much you should be feeding your dog and the type of dog food that will be best, speak to your vet.