Dog Not Eating? Why This Is Happening and What You Can Do

Posted on: 21 April 2020


It could be a serious problem if your dog is suddenly not eating, especially if they normally inhale their bowl of dog food or eats every scrap before it even hits the floor. Your dog could have a health issue that needs to be looked into by your veterinarian. There could be a number of issues as to why your dog isn't eating. Read on for reasons why this may be happening and what you can do about it to help your dog.

1. They Ate Something Toxic

If your dog isn't eating, it may be because they ate something toxic that isn't settling too well with their stomach. If they are trying to eat grass, vomiting, or having diarrhea, try to take a closer look at what is coming out of them. They may have eaten something toxic and something that they shouldn't have gotten into. They may be throwing up some clues for you to figure out what they ate. Your dog may also have clues coming out of the other end as well. Take a look at this as well. If you suspect they got into something, write down everything you can about whatever your dog ate and contact the veterinarian with all of this information.

2. They Aren't Feeling Well

If your dog isn't feeling well, they can't communicate this to you, but you may be able to tell in other ways. Feel your dog's nose. It should be cool and wet to the touch. If it's warm and dry, it may be a sign of an illness. Your dog may have a fever, and you can tell this by feeling their ears. If they feel thick and warm, it could be the sign of a fever. They may also be panting heavily if they have a fever. If you suspect this, take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup.

3. They Have New Food

If you've switched dog food recently and is suddenly not eating, it may be because they don't like the food or they're allergic to it. Try switching back to the old dog food, or mix the two foods together until your dog gets used to the new food. The same goes for dog treats—you should never switch without mixing the two and weaning your dog onto the new food/treats. 

If your dog isn't eating, there are a few reasons why this may be. Use the information above to help you, but if your dog is still not eating, take them to local veterinary services for a checkup.