Dog Not Eating: Common Reasons And How To Properly Deal With It!

Dog not eating

Why my dog is not eating?

That’s a question I come across so often among dog owners. And in my own experience, that is really frustrating, as you don’t know what exactly is going on in your puppy’s mind. All you see is your dog staring at the yummy food he used to consume voraciously without taking a bite from it.

If that’s something haunting you as well, I am here to help.

This article will tackle the topic of the dog not eating from different angles. We will get through some of the main causes behind the problem as well as proven strategies to effectively deal with it.

And here is an overview of what this article will be about.

What Causes Your Dog To Lose Appetite?

weary and sad dog

“I am just so freaking hungry but have no appetite! This sucks!”

Before we dive in deep into how to effectively deal with the problem of your dog not eating, let’s first dig in deep and see what exactly are the causes behind this problem.

Off to the very first one,

When your dog is not eating, there are two major causes that may stand behind the problem. The first set of causes are behavioural. The other set is related to medical problems your dog may be experiencing.

Let’s starts first with some major behavioural causes behind your dog losing his appetite:

Behavioural Causes

Here is a list of behavioral causes that may cause your dog to lose his appetite:

  • Unfamiliar environment
  • Being around strangers
  • Being around other dogs, especially the aggressive ones.
  • The food bowl height
  • Your dog may be just picky

Those are some of the behavioural causes that can lead your dog to ignore his food. Try to address some of those causes and if your dog is still not that interested in food, it may be time to look at some health issues your dog is having.

Let’s now take a look at the causes that have to do more with:

Medical Causes

  • Cirrhosis
  • Severe anemia
  • Viral infections
  • Kennel cough
  • Asthma
  • Periodontal disease
  • Constipation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Severe worm infestation
  • Pain due to injury

That’s a list of some of the main medical issues that may be lead your puppy to lose his appetite. The only way to find out which one of those are really the real deal is to simply get in touch with his vet.

And now that you have a good grasp of the causes behind your dog ignoring food, let’s see what to do about it.

How To Properly Deal With Your Dog Not Eating?

Dog eating

“And now we are back huh!”

If loss of appetite lasts more than 24 hours, you should do something about it. I don’t at all suggest you go for it alone without any professional help. This is serious and you need to treat the situation with urgency.

Talk To His Vet

The the first thing you need to think about when your dog is ignoring food for more than 24h is to talk to his vet.

It is obvious, I know. But believe me so many dog owners just postpone this or simply ignore their dogs, thinking that it is a normal thing. Again, make this a priority and immediately contact the vet.

Get Proper Diagnosis

Once you are at the vet’s office, he will do a detailed and thorough check up of your dog to see what’s going on. The vet may run several blood tests to accurately decide what exactly is the reason behind the problem.

Go For A Suitable Treatment Plan

Once the vet finds out the real reason behind the problem, he will then assign the most suitable treatment plan to better manage the situation and get your dog to his normal state again.

Treatment plans vary, depending on the situation and its complexity.

But generally, the vet will prescribe an antibiotic if the situation is caused by an infection. And in the case of a dental problem, your vet will simply ask for a dental clean up.

And if the problem has to do with behavioural issues, you can spread the meals throughout the day and feed him in intervals, at fixed times. Pick up the right amount and type of food. Don’t overfill the bowl. And if your dog doesn't feel comfortable eating in unfamiliar environments or around strangers, don’t force him to.

Those are some tips that I personally opt for the moment I am put in such situation.

And if your puppy still insists not to eat after going through all this, have a look at the video below and prepare even more foods as he will instantly turn into beast!


Next time you notice your dog ignoring the food he used to wholeheartedly love, look for the cause and eliminate it. That’s the best way to approach the problem. And of course, you just can't do that yourself. You need to have his vet by your side. This way, you will leave no room for mistakes or doubts.

Now, we need to hear from you. How do you approach the problem of your dog not eating? What are some of these strategies you use that works for you effectively?

Let us know in the comment below. We are more than pleased to hear from you. Cheers!

About the Author Youssef Arezdi

Hey world! Youssef here! I am a writer and a blogger, with keen interest in pets, dogs especially. Writing about those creatures make time melt like an ice cube in a desert! Dogs are just unbelievably amazing!

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