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Some Common Reasons Why Your Dog Won’t Eat

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Dog Wont Eat Many pet owners are used to their pets wolfing down their meals as fast as possible so when a dog won’t eat it can be very upsetting. Lack of appetite is called inappetance or anorexia (not to be confused with anorexia nervosa, the eating disorder in humans). It simply means that the dog has no appetite and won’t eat. This condition can occur for a number of reasons. Most of the time your dog will start eating again after he skips a meal or two. Here are some things to look for if your dog isn’t eating and what you can do to get him back to normal.

Temporary Gastrointestinal Upset

While dogs are carnivores, they are more than happy to scavenge whenever the opportunity presents itself, even in the home. Pet dogs frequently steal food from the counter, off the table, and eat things from the trash when they get the chance. Some dogs eat dog poop in the yard and other things that are tasty only to dogs. And if you take your dog to a dog park or other public place, he can have access to things like candy and other things left by visitors. The result is that dogs can sometimes eat something they shouldn’t.

If your dog won’t eat, it’s possible that he could have a temporary gastrointestinal upset. Look for signs that he has some diarrhea or notice if he has vomited somewhere. Your dog’s body will attempt to get rid of whatever he has eaten that has upset his digestion. In the meantime, he won’t feel much like eating. As long as there is no blood in the stool or vomit, you should allow your dog to expel the offending matter from his system, provided he doesn’t become dehydrated. If the vomiting or diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours, take your dog to your veterinarian.

Change In Routine

A change in routine can upset many dogs and make them stop eating. If you change the time you feed your dog, change the time you take walks or potty your dog, or make serious changes in your household such as adding a family member, a dog can easily stop eating. Taking a vacation or moving to a new home are other reasons why a dog won’t eat. Dogs like routine and anything that upsets what they are familiar with can make them stop eating, at least temporarily, until they feel secure again. It’s best to make any changes gradually and make sure that your dog feels secure and included in what’s happening in your home.

Behavior Problems

Some dogs may stop eating because of behavior problems. These problems are not always caused by the dog who won’t eat. If you have another dog or pet in the home, your dog could be reacting to that pet. For instance, if your dog won’t eat, it could be due to another dog who is stealing his food or growling at him while he eats. Sometimes a dog won’t eat if he is a slow eater and the other dog eats fast. He may prefer to eat alone so he can take his time. If you have multiple dogs, it’s often a good idea to feed them separately – in separate rooms or in crates – so each dog can eat in peace. Dogs will often start eating again when they are left alone with their food.

Senior Dogs

Sometimes senior dogs can stop eating because of age-related problems. Too often owners assume a senior dog won’t eat because he is getting old when in reality the problem could be something that is easily remedied. For example, a senior dog can have dental problems which make it hard for him to eat his ordinary food. He may be hungry and want to eat but the food hurts his mouth. A trip to the vet to examine your senior dog’s teeth can reveal the problem and allow the vet to fix it. Your senior dog should be able to eat normally afterward. You can also warm a senior dog’s food and heat it to make it smell and taste more appealing to him since the senses begin to fade as a dog gets older. Try topping the food with some stew or something else tasty.

Picky Eaters

Of course, the bane of all pet owners are dogs who are picky eaters. Dogs are not born picky eaters – owners make them that way. If your dog won’t eat and you are feeding him a good quality food that he normally likes, put the food down and leave it for fifteen minutes. If your dog has not eaten it in that time, pick the bowl up and put it away. Do not give your dog treats or snacks during the day. Do not feed your dog any other food until it’s time for his next meal. Your dog will eat when he gets hungry. If you feed meals at a regular time each day and monitor how much you feed, and how much your dog eats, and keep the treats to a reasonable amount, your dog will stop being a picky eater.

One more word: if you change dog food frequently, your dog will be picky about his food. It’s better to find a good food and stay with it. The more you change dog foods, the more likely your dog is to suffer from gastrointestinal upsets, which will lead to missing meals, which you will blame on the new food, which will make you want to try another food – it’s a vicious circle. Find a good food that your dog does well on and stick with it, even when you hear about new foods. If your dog is healthy and happy on a food, there’s really no reason to change. Remember that dogs don’t like change.

These are the major reasons why a dog won’t eat, barring illness. If your dog won’t eat after 24 hours, you should take him to the vet. It’s possible that your dog could be sick and your vet will need to check him out and start looking for more serious reasons why your dog is not eating. He or she will ask you about any other possible symptoms your dog may be exhibiting, so be prepared to discuss your dog’s overall health.

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  • Monica Tobias

    Thanks for the information. Our Australian Cattle Dog recently quit eating (we have had him for about 3 weeks} he is a 7 month old puppy who wolfed his food down until a day ago. He suddenly was totally uninterested in food. We had started feeding him outside instead of inside and he wouldn’t touch it. I am going to try to start feeding him inside again (we had put it out back so e could eat while we were gone for a few hours). Hopefully he will eat again when he is fed inside.

  • Mike

    Hi Monica – This actually isn’t all that uncommon and most likely isn’t cause for alarm. I would indeed begin feeding him back inside again. Something as simple as an environment change could cause a dog or puppy to stop eating. What I would do is leave out breakfast for 15 minutes in the morning and dinner for 15 minutes in the evening. You don’t really need to encourage him and you certainly don’t want to punish him if he doesn’t eat. If he doesn’t touch his food in that 15 minute period, he’s “lost his chance” so to speak and you should take the food away until the next meal time. He will soon learn that when food is put out, he needs to eat it then. If he doesn’t eat after about 2 to 3 days (4 to 6 meals), I would take him into the vet just to make sure nothing serious is going on, but the vast majority of the time dogs will not go more than a couple days without eating. I would also avoid feeding him treats or any other food until he begins eating his kibble again, otherwise he will learn that he can just “hold out” for something even better.

    If he is showing no other signs of illness or discomfort, this is most likely just a temporary thing. Just about all dog owners go through some periods where their dog simply doesn’t want to eat anything. Otherwise, if your dog is showing signs of discomfort or illness, bring him to the vet right away.

    Best of luck and I hope your boy starts his normal eating routine again soon! Keep us posted!

  • Anne

    Bailey, beagle terrier mix, 2.5 years old – trying to follow instructions of just giving her dry food and nothing else however she will barely eat for 4 days. She seems to be very healthy-still plays and has a shiny coat. She will eat a little out of our hands but that’s it. She doesn’t seem to be sick but she tries to eat grass. She has had an issue of vomiting when she doesn’t eat so we give ‘spice up’ her food so that she will. We are just tired of doing this. How long do we hold out?

  • Mike

    Hi Anne, sorry to hear Bailey isn’t eating much! If she has gone 4 days without eating, I would consider taking her into the vet just to make sure nothing more serious is going on. Other than that, I would not use anything in the kibble to make it taste better as she will then not want to eat without the spice up. This would fall into the “picky eater” category. Many dogs will refuse to eat if they know they will get something *better* if they refuse their regular food (treats, people food, etc). A healthy dog will never starve themselves, so I would continue to simply leave her regular food out for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. If she doesn’t eat within that 15 minutes, take the food away and do not feed any treats that day. But again, if she goes 4 days without eating, I think a quick trip to the vet is in order.

  • Anne

    Thanks Mike! She has eaten a treat or two BUT we are stopping that now. AND we have hand fed her. I will do exactly as you instructed starting tonight and get back to you WHEN she eats! Stubborn!!! And that cute little face! It’s hard to be tough.

  • Mike

    I hear you Anne! Most dog owners go through this from time to time. I’ve been through it myself. Yes, those faces just cut through our souls. It’s their main tool of manipulating us humans and they are experts at it. LOL!

  • Nick

    2 year old malamute that won’t eat. Never has been big but it’s getting to the point where his hips are so bony you see the outline of his bones. I give wet dog food and he still refuses. Doesn’t have worms and is healthy as far as the bet says, but it makes me scared to see him that skinny

  • Shelby

    My dog is named Casey, he’s a miniature pinchure/dacshund. He is about 9 and a half years old. We used to feed him the same healthy weight dog food everyday because he tends to weigh on the heavier side. Almost 7 months ago we switched to a different brand of dog food because we noticed he was excessively farting, then one day peed in the house. We looked up the dog food and found out it had been killing dogs and making them ill. After the switch he continued to eat the new food and his farting decreased. We have stayed on the same food brand that we bought as soon as we found the other one to be a problem. Now he hardly touches the kibble. He’s not one to not eat. Usually he scarfs it all down as fast as he possibly can. Now he will sniff it then walk away. We don’t know if it is something to be concerned with or not. Last time we took him to the vet, he said that Casey was in decent shape for a dog his age, starting to develop to cataracts, teeth getting a little bad (just brush them more often), and a bit overweight, but no health concerns to worry about too much. If anyone has any clue what could be causing this sudden change in his hunger, please let me know soon. Thank you!

  • Mary Ann

    I am glad to see that I am not alone. I am beside myself trying to get my dog to eat. He is 1.5 year old Shih tzu. The second day I had him home as a pup, he got very sick and almost died. He was on a human food diet and I have struggled this past year to get him to eat anything. I tried all the food down, food up games. No treats, long walks. It is driving me crazy. I spend $500 at the vet last month and all his tests and xrays are normal. I don’t know what to do anymore. It is too the point that I believe he is starving himself, which is breaking my heart. πŸ™

  • Alice Stingo Romano

    omg I have a 5 yr old shihtzhu and I went on vacation for 5 days to come home to a skinny dog who stopped eating the day I left and now im home and she still wont eat… took her to the vet and she was put on med been on meds for 2 days and still not eatinig I am going nuts… she is like my daughter I don’t have me and her are the only girls in the house… she is wasting away what can I do

  • Mary Ann

    Alice, I called the vet yesterday and of course the first suggestion was a $450 ultra sound. I refused and she gave me a “appetite stimulate”. I asked her what it is and she said it is an antihistamine, but it makes dogs eat. Well within an hour he was trying to eat anything he could get. Day two and he is still eating, but he is looking at me all the time as if I should be feeding him. It is one extreme to the other. Ask the vet for this kind of med. They gave me Pepcid first for his tummy, but that didn’t make any changes.

  • Chris

    I have a 10 y/o husky that just started peeing blood and her stool is soft and has an orange tint. Took her to vet hospital and she has 105 degree fever . The vet prescribed trams doll and clavamox 625 mg. the blood work they did showed mildly elevated liver enzymes and low red blood cell count. Now today we can not get her to eat anything at all and after first dose of meds she still has 104 degree temp. Please help. What can I do next to try and get her to eat and get well again

  • Mike

    Hi Alice, I’m so sorry to hear about your poor girl! You know, when dog owners say their dog is like their son or daughter, most people who have never owned a dog simply roll their eyes. But believe me, I understand EXACTLY how you feel! Me and my boy are the only boys in my house. πŸ˜‰

    With that said, a change in routine or even a change with the person who is feeding the dog can sometimes cause a dog to stop eating. Is she eating at all? Even treats? Going 5 days without eating does indeed warrant taking your dog to the vet, so I’m glad to see you did that.

    Sorry for the late response as I saw you posted this a couple days ago. Have you made any progress? I would love to hear if your girl is getting back to normal and how you were able to achieve that.

  • Mike

    Hi Mary Ann, I’m super sorry for the late response on this, but I’m glad to hear your boy is eating again, that’s great! How is he doing today? Back to normal I hope!

  • Mike

    Hi Shelby, how is Casey doing? Are you still having issues?

    If he has been eating the same dog food for almost 7 months and then suddenly one day there was a change in his eating behavior, I would wonder if some ingredients were changed in the food you are using. That can be enough to cause a dog to stop eating, at least temporarily. What is the dog food you have your dog on currently and do you remember if you opened a new bag of food when this started?

  • Mike

    Hi Nick, are you still having any issues with your dog eating? If your dog is getting really underweight, I would plan a trip to the vet so they can run some tests.

    By chance, when you let your dog out, does your dog attempt to eat a large amount of grass?

  • Mike

    Hi Anne, how are things going Bailey? I hope she’s back to normal!

  • Mike

    Hi Chris, I am SO sorry to hear about your poor girl! Unfortunately, I know through experience how helpless you can feel when your dog is in a situation like this.

    I wish I could offer you some solid advice, but at this point, I wouldn’t be able to offer any advice that your veterinarian hasn’t already given you. I would be very curious as to why your dog is showing signs of blood in her urine and stool. That can certainly be cause for concern. Have they taken an ultrasound or done any additional testing? If she is experiencing a lot of discomfort, especially in her stomach or digestive system, it could prove very difficult to get her to eat. Figuring out how to resolve her current health issue would most likely resolve her eating issue.

    As for her fever, 104 isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. The normal range for body temperature in dogs is 99.5 – 102.5 and a dog must have a body temperature of 103.5 to be considered as having a fever.

    Have you tried sprucing up her food at all? You should of course run everything by your vet before you try anything, but you might want to try adding some canned pumpkin to your dogs food. It’s tasty and can help to sooth a dogs stomach.

    I hope your dog feels better soon!

  • Mary Ann

    Hello Mike, No, not normal, he is not eating today. I wonder why giving him meds makes him eat, but without it, he doesn’t eat. They want to ultrasound him, but the x-rays were very clear. I am starting to think it is behavioral. I just don’t know how to fix it. πŸ™

  • Mike

    Hmmm, well that certainly is perplexing and I can see your dilemma. You could pay all that money for an ultrasound only for it to show nothing… Or it might show something. That’s a tough decisions and one only you can make. This is one of the many reasons I have pet insurance through Trupanion. It does cost me about $40 per month, but when things happen, I don’t have to worry as much about taking finances into consideration. Thank goodness I had that when he got bit by a rattlesnake several months ago. Fortunately he’s fine now and Trupanion paid 90% of my $4,000+ vet bill. Yikes! Anytime the vet wanted to run a test or do something I could immediately say “yes” without any hesitation.

    In the meantime, if you think this is more behavioral based, you can try to “ride it out” by only giving him a chance to eat for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. If you do this, in the vast majority of cases, a dog will start eating again after a couple days. It might take some reinforcing over the next week or two (good days and bad), but once your dog learns there is a small window of time to get some grub, it could help longer term. Only then should you begin to GRADUALLY increase giving out treats between meals.

    I hope things start improving soon!

  • Anne

    Hi Mike! Still a battle but we only feed her dog food – dry!. She knows us too well. She holds out so we did a work around as I can’t have her vomiting (she did that on my feet in bed! YUCK!) We only fed her dry food but we started by hand – NOT going to work that way – stopped that. Now, we are measuring her food and NO treats by themselves. We cut up her treats (kind of like bacon bits-LOL!) and put them in her food. Much much much better-she actually will eat. I would like to hold out but she does vomit when she doesn’t eat and that won’t work – on the hardwood floors – ok but no way on the carpet or me! Thank you for reaching out! Much appreciated.

  • Nick

    I’ve been to the vet and they’ve ran tests on him twice. Came back saying he’s a ok, but he still is extremely thin. He never eats grass or anything, he just won’t eat food for some reason. It’s just making me worry is all

  • Mike

    Well I’m glad to hear you’re making progress! The things we do for our furchildren… LOL!

  • Mike

    Oh believe me I totally understand! It’s so hard when our dogs can’t communicate to us and tell us if something is wrong. At least the vet was able to rule out some health issues so we mostly know it’s a behavioral thing. Also remember that just like humans, obesity is a HUGE issue in dogs these days, so even a slightly underweight dog can seem extra skinny to our eyes. Sorry I can’t provide you with some better advice, I wish I could, but I think as long as your dog is proving to be healthy (even if he’s underweight) he will be just fine. Fortunately it sounds like he has a loving and caring owner. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Montoya

    My 5 year old shih tzu hasn’t been eating very much at all. Last Thursday he had gotten sick during the day while I wasn’t home (and my mom was watching him and said he didn’t get into anything) that whole day he didn’t eat or drink anything. Same thing deal with Friday still no eating or drinking, and continued to vomit yellow bile in the middle of the night. Come Saturday after his grooming appointment I stopped by the vet to see what she said. While she didn’t know why he wasn’t eating, she gave him a 24 hour anti nausea shot and put him on a three day bland food diet. When we got home he gobbled up an entire can of the bland wet dog food and drank a bit. Come today, he refused to eat and drink again. It’s quite frustrating. Because he will eat his treats, and I even got him to eat just a tiny bit of the bland dog food but he won’t get near it now.

  • Mike

    Sorry to hear about that Jessica! If the vet said everything checks out and he is also eating treats, it sounds like he might be playing the “picky eater” game. Sometimes dogs will learn that if they refuse their food, they will end up getting something tastier. This, combined with his recent change in atmosphere (being at your moms place), could be causing the issue.

    What you might want to do is try leaving the food out for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening without any chance for treats during the day. After a couple days of this, he should start to learn that food is only available for a short period of time, and he’ll want to gobble it up. This may need to be reinforced over time with good days and bad, but hopefully it will help longer term. Unfortunately, this will do little to help with his vomiting as that is a common side effect of a dog who isn’t eating.

    You can also try to feed him after a light play session or walk. Many times an excited dog will be much more motivated to eat, but this isn’t always the case.

    I sure hope you’re able to resolve this issue quickly! Best of luck!

  • Sandra

    My 3 year old Springer Spaniel used to wolf down down his morning and evening meal as soon as it was put down. Now, he just walks away from it!! He has no other eatables during the day, no tummy upsets, runs about daft in the park as normal…….just seems to have no appetite!

  • Karm

    My heart aches for you, I really hope everything goes well, maybe it’s nothing, I would check if he doesn’t get dehydrated, once my dog had an episode like that, I gave him electrolytes (pedialyte) it keeps from dehydrating. If your vet saw him then it’s probably nothing alarming. Meds can do that to dogs, and I know, we feel so helpless when they’re sick!!!!

  • jennavencia one

    Please some advice. I recently got this 7 month old Blue Pit. We got the same food as he was eating witb his last family. Now he wont eat the foods. He will eat his treats and drink water, also he loves ice cubes. What to do? He is active and playfully.

  • Cheri Goes Donaghy

    I am dog sitting for my daughter while she is on vacation. He will not eat (which is normal when we dog sit), but now he is pulling out hair. He liked treats, but is very picky about what kind I get. We will have him for another week. What can I do to entice him to eat.

  • Sheralyn Taylor

    My 15 year old Springer hasn’t eaten anything for at least a 2 weeks now, only drinking water. She had a urine infection & was on Synulox Antibiotics for 2 weeks & have now finished them. 4 weeks ago we had to put to rest her brother (same age) so they have been together since birth. I know she is missing him, but I have now tried everything she could possibly eat, freshly cooked, Chicken , Fish so many different dog foods but she just sniffs it & walks away. She use to do that with her Brother & he would eat hers…she is getting so skinny & weak, her back legs are starting to give way, some days better than others ! Is this anything to do with her grieving for her brother because he was the Top dog in her eyes, or has she just given up, all she wants to do is sleep, she still wags her tail & loves attention. I know 15yrs is a great age for Springers, her brother wasn’t ill, he just had a accident running in from the garden & slipped on the patio door step, knocking is back leg & damaged his main knee ligament, he couldn’t walk anymore & the vets couldn’t do nothing for him, because of his age, so after 4 weeks of him not improving or being able to walk we sadly had to put him to sleep. He is buried in our garden with his Mum. She does keep going outside sniffing around his grave & just seems so lost. They were both great family dogs, just not sure what else to do for her now.

  • Ruby Gutierrez

    My dog is a labrador female. She used to eat dog food without problem from the time I got her at 2 months old. She is now around 5 years old. However, for about a year now she started eating table food which she really loved. She gained so much weight. But now I wanted her to go back to dog food. I noticed for the last 2 days she hardly touched the dog food and I’m afraid she might get sick. What must I do?

  • Stephen Shirey

    Hello, I have a 5 month old Alaskan Malador. She was fine and then she suddenly won’t touch her food. I’ve tried everything wet, dry, even tried a barely cooked hamburger Patty. She’s still drinking and peeing. She has thrown up a couple of times. The next day she seemed fine even ate wet canned dog food. And now today she won’t eat again. And it seems like she doesn’t have her normal energy level. She hasn’t pooped that I know of. I’m concerned and can’t really afford vet bills at this time. Can anyone give me an idea of what it may be and how can I get my girl back to her old self?

  • JBeaman

    My neighbor gave me her dog because she can’t care for her anymore…..i had her 2 days now and she won’t eat… She eat the treats with no problem but won’t eat…im trying to home train her….how do i get her to eat….

  • john fraley

    However, I have 4 dogs and they have all quit eating. Two large dogs and two small dogs.

  • Shane Algarin

    I wish I knew. My dog normally eats the minute I fill her bowl. But I had to cut a vacation short because my dog wouldn’t eat. Now I only do short vacations.
    Good luck!

  • Kathi

    I have a 2-3 year old Llewellin Setter (rescue). Two days after I gave her heartworm chewable tablet (Iverheart) , she quit eating. She drinks water and is not vomiting. It has been 5 days now. She will take her bedtime treat (frosty paw), but that’s it. She normally eats dry food. Her activity level is fairly and out doggy door all day. This morning I added about a tablespoon of canned food to her dry food. She turned her nose up and walked away. I just took another one of my dogs, 14 year old cocker spaniel to the vet last week to the tune of $407. He was anemic. I can’t afford to take her in this week. I’ve tried the feeding her alone without the other 2 no avail. Any suggestions?

  • Corazon

    hi my puppy iss just 1 month and a half she starts eating when she was 1 month and a 1 week she has been eating very well but now she wont eat no change at all in home and she doesnt want to eat nothing i feed her with our food and sometimes with dog food put she doesnt wont to eat anything even water when she is veryyy thirsty she is a my baby and is so small plz help me

  • ness

    Stop giving the dog treats,I made that mistake coz my pup wouldn’t eat,he’s on n off his food still but I don’t give him treats we need training aswell as dogs

  • Gabby Cruz

    Hi my dog is a yorkie she’s 9 months she has all her shots..but for 5 days she’s being real picky on eating her food she doesn’t want to drink water as well and she is vomiting as well every time she drinks water..any I deal what can be the proble.?#helpChiquis

  • Jazmin

    Hi I just adopted an English bulldog,I’ve had her for almost 3 weeks now but gosh she wont eat!!! Its so frustrating I already tried 2 brands of kibbles, plus the can food and the raw and anothing! I also tried some home made and nothing I already took her to the vet and she just said she’s fine she looks more like an olde English rather than a English it just got to me already I don’t know what to feed her anymore to get her to eat, one time she eats then the other 2 feedings she won’t eat at all, I just don’t know what to do anymore, she eats her poop instead of her food, vet gave her some.forbid but its not working,I just wish she interested in her food as she is in her feces. Can anyone help??????

  • Martyn Collins

    did you get an answer? I have 3 Maltese and 2 are getting impossible to feed

  • Bmax

    Try not to change foods so quickly, and don’t let her eat her poop.

    Diet changes can upset a dogs tummy. The fact that you’re rapidly jumping from one food to another is probably making her feel under the weather constantly. Pick one food and try to stick with it for at least three weeks so her tummy can get used to it. She may skip a meal or two while she’s adjusting, and that’s okay, just like humans do with an upset stomach from a new diet. Only put her food down during meal times and then take away what she doesn’t eat after 15 minutes. Minimize other foods options like treats and snacks. This will help her appetite grow for meal times while she gets used to living with you and eating new food. You must clean up her feces immediately so that isn’t an option. Eating feces may curb her hunger temporarily and make her feel sick, both of which will make her more likely to skip meals. Plain pumpkin is a great thing to add to meals to help with gastrointestinal upset. You can find it at the pet food store, and add a little to each meal to help settle her stomach and regulate her stools.

    If you stick with one food and make it her only option for at least three weeks and she’s still finicky, you may decide to switch foods. Don’t switch suddenly. Make it a 90% current food, 10% new food mix for a few days and keep an eye on how she eating and whether her stools are changing. Slowly transition to a larger ratio of the new food and use pumpkin during transitions to help her tummy feel good until she’s completely comfortable with the new food.

    Hope that helps!

  • Jazmin

    Thanks for ur help, its crazy but I ended up trying what te breeder had told me he had her on, pedigree I was so hesitant because I don’t think that it is quality food but she eats it and as long as she’s eating I’m happy, however I will transition her slowly to another quality can dog food but for now that’s the only one she will eat lol

  • Anonny

    Something else that might help- dogs that are close to you will often eat something if they see you eating it. Try pretending to eat your dogs food in front of your dog, then offer it to them. This usually only happens if the dog is close enough to you.

  • Marisa Heath

    My 3 yr old rottweiler has stopped eating, as well as my miniature schnauzer who is 8. My schnauzer is female and my rottweiler is male and recently went through heat, so we had to keep them seperated. That is when they stopped eating. They will eat treats, but not their dog food, and I’m getting worried. Should I be concerned? They will eat out of my hand, but that’s it. They are still drinking water. What can I do?

  • Cherry

    Hi, I have a 11 year old miniature schnauzer and he is barely eating but will eat a little out of my hand. He lies around all day and I have to force him to get up. When I take him outside, he pees okay but tries to poop and only a little comes out which is soft not diarrhea. when he gets up, he looks like he is in pain. Took him to the emergency vet yesterday and they did a total physical exam but couldn’t really determine what was the problem. Any suggesstions?


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    My one year old German shepherd has stopped eating and pooping by one week and ah half.I carried her to d vet.s vet said she is quite healthy and does not c anything wrong with her.d vet also said tat d change of appetite may have occurred due to her calling or she may not like d environment she is in.I bought her home and now she moves very lethargic and is no eating.I ammm solo confused don’t know wat to do again somebody hellpppoo meeeeeeww

  • Bethjane Eje

    Hi, i have a 2 month old puppy, he has stopped eating this morning, and upon checking he have a high fever while his gums are pale. I already gave him a 125g paracetamol tablet diluted at 5ml water and gave him water using a dropper. After a while, his body temperature drops. But he is not yet eating.Then he vomits, twice this morning, a liquid vomit. Did his body take the medicine? Could you help me. I couldnt bring him to the nearest veterinarian due to lack of money. Please help me because i love my puppy. I will cry if i will loose him =( T.T

  • naveen

    Hey. I have a sen Barnard 9 months old she stop eating suddenly bcuz I slapped her be 4 some days .Any one help me wht I do for h er tht she start eating …tell me early plz…..

  • Carl Farley

    My 1 yo GWP is doing the same thing. X-rays show no blockage. Blood tests are clean. CVP swab negative for parvovirus. It is almost as if he can’t swallow solid food. The vet recommended a bland soft diet and he tried to “wolf” it down but immediately spit it out.

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  • jake

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but pet insurance is a scam in my humble opinion. Theyll take monthly payments, month after month, but when its time to pay the bill they had a b.s. excuse on why they wouldnt pay. Maybe I am one in a thousand (I highly doubt it based on how many people here have the same type of issues with their dogs) but im glad they paid your claim Mike. Maybe since your claim was a snake bite, they paid. But with all of these tests they do when a dog wont eat could run you several thousands of dollars. Okay so the vet doesnt know whats wrong and oh by the way heres your $5,000. bill oh yeah you have insurance but the claim wont be paid until they approve it, well sure enough they didnt approve, it. So be cautious before wasting money on insurance. just my two cents

  • MS479

    She won’t get sick, she is just waiting to see if you;ll give her table food, dogs can go up to a week trying to see if they’ll get what they want, as long as you have her dog food and water down, she will cave in and eat it

  • MS479

    This behavior is normal, your dog was grieving , each dog is different as to how long the grieving period is, but hopefully they’ll resume normal behavior at some point.

  • MS479

    She might have something blocking her intestines

  • MS479

    U should have taken him to the vet Paracetamol is like feeding him poison

  • MS479

    Have u changed residence? Food? walking or playing times?

  • MS479

    Mine did the same thing, they found out he had arthritis, now he gets injections called Adequane and is back to normal self

  • MS479

    Try not leaving her poop in place, pick it up right after she does her business, and don’t keep changing her food, if u do u should transition mixing old and new 1/2 n 1/2 then less and less of the old over the period of 3 days

  • Bethjane Eje

    @@disqus_G1WippAyb1:disqus and @@ms479:disqus : he died on the same day, around 11:30am.Yes, i should brought him to the vet immediately if only i have had enough money during that time, could save his life… I cried alot, loosing him =( T.T

  • 33

    Im sorry for your loss. … but Dont get a dog if you cant afford the vet, dogs are great companion but require a financial obligation alonside a loving forever home obligation.

  • John Creevy

    Paracetamol is highly poisonous to dogs. Never give animals human medication without veterinarian advice.

  • Lori Neves

    Hi, I have a 2 year old lhasa apso/japenese chin mix. she’s not sick, very active- likes to play in house and outside with us and her lot of toys. drinks very little. very finicky eater, always been, since day I got her. she never liked dog foog-dry or wet. I fed her on what the breeders fed her purina puppy chow (tried mixing it with gravy, wet and dry comb-many different combo’s like breeder did for her siblings, to see what she might prefer) for first 8 months but she hardly eats. would act like she was hungry, go to food dish smell it but walk away. Dr says her weight is fine, growing, etc. tried going to a place called the natural dog and they gave me several samples of different things but she didn’t go for any of it. I have introduced people food to her and she likes tunafish, hamburgers, chicken, eggs and peanut butter, but occasionally will even snub the people food. she occasionally will eat science diet pet food, but only if we feed her each pebble and usually will eat about 1/4 cup then be done. she likes her treats which we give her purina jumb bone in afternoon and a minty bone at night. she will also cry until we give her these, or bring us to her treat bucket. we try to hold her off on her treats until she eats something and even have refused her of treats until she has. If we are to continue to give her people food as a diet, is there a way to make it a balanced meal for her (a dog)? Please any advice would be welcome!

  • Bree Calton

    I have a 9 month old Husky Wolf. She stopped eating a while ago. At least, not eating nearly as much, or with the same enthusiasm. It was the very day we switched her from 2 cups a day, to 4 cups a day. She used to wolf EVERYTHING in her bowl down in 4 seconds flat. But now she just picks at it, eats maybe 10 pieces, if that, and walks away from it. We don’t feed her people food so I’m sure its not that she’s already full. But she did start her period around the time she stopped eating, and my boyfriend and I who own her, went on vacation for about two weeks and she had stayed at the house and his mom came to take care of them. She’s just been acting very weird and her not eating is scaring me. I dont know what to do?

  • KC Irons

    I have an 11 month old who randomly stopped eating one day. I switched her to the same food as my other dog and at first I was mixing it 75% old food 25% new food and gradually mixing more of the new food in over the course of a few weeks but all of a sudden she just won’t eat at all now unless I really coax her. She is still acting like her crazy self she still bounces around on our walks still alert and attentive she just won’t eat….I’ve tried switch her food again but still nothing. No vomit no diarrhea everything is perfectly normal and the same…..I’m so vexed, any thoughts?

  • Anya Solyntjes

    My 1 year old female yellow lab golden retriever won’t eat and we think that she is pregnant….could it be she is pregnant?

  • Arthur

    I have a 2 month puppy she won’t eat her food from this morning.i was alone at my grandmother house and there are no nearby vet

  • Fatima

    I have a 11 month old shiz-tsu chihuahua Pomeranian mix, and around the time he was six months old he stopped eating so we changed his food. Then he stopped eating that. We started giving him wet food. He Does not eat that either and now we changed his food again and he will not eat it and i have to force feed him. The vet clearly said he had to eat at least to cups a day of dry food. He is really under weight and you can feel his bone quite easily. It’s worrying me;

  • Chris hill

    I have the same pet will eat treats(puperonie)out of my hand and still drinks water??She turns her nose up every kind of food!! I guess I’m not alone,Chris

  • Jackie Lynn Sicilian

    Raw veggie diet, raw chicken

  • Jackie Lynn Sicilian

    Ice is not good for dogs. Stop the treats, read the advice above , leave the food out for only 15 minutes in the morning 15 minutes at night and no treats her people food in between for three days if she has any after three days you might want to take her to the vet or four days probably

  • dellen

    My dog Audrey is a German shepard 12 yrs old very protective and loyal I have 3 dogs the lab had major surgery and I had to keep my lab I. Kitchen by himself for 2 week the German shepard didn’t like the smell of the vet on the other dog being separated and my giving my lab brodie do much attention about 5 days ago I came home and found that the g shepard had attacked my still recovering lab brodie on the shoulder bad I am a female but I picked the shepard up by the scruff and put her on her bed yelling I had to go outside to calm down now today us day 5 no food in hugging her tell her I forgive her she follows me everywhere but with ears down and a slow gait now what, M E too what do we do here think it’s a trust thing. Help! !!!!!

  • Jaco calayag

    hi i really need your help. this is urgent. my dog is a 4months old ambul/japanese spitz. he was sweet and playful. until one day he stop eating and start vomitting a liquid. we bring him to his vet. the vet said that he is changing teeth and thats the reason why he didn’t eat. he gave me soft canned foods and a so called pain reliever for his gums. but when i gave him his medicine he vomits liquid and still not eating it last for almost 3days. i really need your helps plss.. ???

  • Jamie Lee

    Its possible that she’s not getting enough exercise while you both are away. Huskies needs a lot, I mean a lot of exercise to stay happy and get hungry. Maybe put her in a dog day care and board her while yur on vacation. We board my GSD over night every now and then because we have an event that night and couldn’t be home for her.

  • Curtis

    I took my dog out of the house and put him in the big truck with me.he stopped eating his dog food but will eat people food in a heart beat.can someone tell me why this is and what can I do

  • Michelle

    Because people food actually tastes good! Also, he sees you eat it and wants to be part of the pack and do what you do.

  • Rafael Heria

    Why would you get a dog when you can not afford a vet? A living being loses his life due to your selfishness of wanting a dog without being properly prepared to take care of one. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Carla

    Hi,I have a 5 year old staffy cross ridgeback and for the last couple of days she hasn’t been eating all of her food and burying some of it when she thinks we’re not looking. Her feeding time did change the last few days and I know they hate change so we’re trying to get it back to the regular normal time. She is still active, drinking water, no signs of vomit or diarrhea. Please give me some advice it would be much appreciated as myself & the kids are starting to worry now. Thanks!

  • Cristiana

    my dog has not eaten in 2 days. he is a high energy dog Vizsla who all of a sudden 5 days ago started acting like he is 150 years old — very hesitant to move, shaky at times, looking weaker each day. All blood tests have come back negative. Neuro exam is normal. In the last 2 days he stopped eating although he is drinking lots of water. Chest x-ray showed minor bronchitis so the vet started him on antibiotics yesterday but nothing has changed. Any thoughts????

  • Hope

    Hi I have a 6month old female siberian husky who just yesterday started her menstral. She has become less active some what depressed and is not eating at all. How can I help boost her energy and appetite? It’s been 24hours now that she hasn’t ate she is drinking though.

  • My dog just turned 10 and he started acting funny and there is something wrong with his eye that got hurt about 2 years ago by another dog and he flinches when you go to pet him because he can see but he doesn’t know what’s coming at him, the clear lid they have as part of of their eye is covering half of his eye and it looks bad and now he won’t eat anything. He woofs down anything normally but he won’t eat NOTHING, I even tried to give him a bite of ice cream and he turned his head away from it. I set out a variety of things to eat and he don’t want none of it and he usually will eat everything he is given even if he isn’t hungry. I’m so scared he’s dying because of his age or maybe there is something going on that I don’t know about inside his body. Any suggestions or answers would be appreciated.

  • Michael Sellers

    How dare you accuse someone you don’t know about whose circumstances you know nothing! You evil troll! Perhaps she fell on hard times. You don’t just give away your dog at the first sign of a financial difficulty. Dogs get attached to their people and shouldn’t be tossed around from home to home. Ever consider that?

  • gretchen

    I agree,,what a terrible thing to say..the poor girt is upset as it many coldhearted people today..karma!

  • Marlisle Carlton


  • Marlisle Carlton

    It would have taken seconds to look Paracetamol up on the net, it clearly says it is poison to dogs…..Please don’t get another pet, obviously your common sense don’t exist

  • Marlisle Carlton

    Have you ever thought that maybe if she had taken a few seconds and looked up that med, it would have told her it was poison to dogs…the dogs death had nothing to do with money, everything to do with carelessness

  • Kelleyejean

    Did anyone ever answer you?! My Jones is doing the same. He has a vet apt Thursday

  • Jaymi Bowers

    my 1 year and 9 months old. she has stopped eating and was vomiting white foam and the next day she was vomiting yellow foam now. She has not eat for two days now. She goes into my room away from everyone and sleeps. She wakes up to come out and vomits. Shes not dehydrated. cause she has been drinking a little here and there. but i tried to give her a hot dog cooked. and she smelled it and turned her head away like she was in trouble. but shes not in trouble. I don’t think is the new puppy we have cause we had a foster dog and she was fine. so i don’t think its depression. but i don’t really know. please tell me what you think is wrong with my dog. shes my baby and i have had her sents she was 2 months old. please help. thank u and god bless.

  • Angie

    I was able to train my dog to eat his food. The Online Dog Trainer (visit: The Online Dog Trainer) is a WONDERFUL resource for learning how to effectively and quickly train your dog without ever leaving home. I learned great ways to teach my dog almost every single trick imaginable and how to correct the most common behavioral issues, such as barking. It is full of carefully compiled videos that allow you to watch and listen to their expert solving the exact problem you’re having with your dog, with another real dog and its owner. You can see the precise body language he uses, how the tone of his voice changes, and how the dogs respond, changing their behavior almost immediately. It’s remarkable to see how quickly my dog picked up on these methods. My dog behaves PERFECTLY now! From what I understand, the information on that website works for any age or breed of dog. I feel blessed to know my dog is trained properly and effectively πŸ™‚ Gotta love the Internet!

  • Angie
  • When our dog, Bandit, would not eat from a traditional food bowl, we took him to the vet to rule out illnesses. We were thrilled he was in perfect health, but frustrated he would not eat from his bowl. We tried all sorts of different tactics to get him to eat. We finally realized Bandit preferred it when we dumped his food on the floor. In an attempt to replicate his natural instinct to eat off the ground, we used a paper plate and we even used a lid for a while. None of these options were visually appealing or sanitary. We finally switched to The Pet Plate Complete Feeding System, an innovative pet feeding system designed specifically for finicky pets like Bandit. The Pet Plate solved our pet feeding issues once and for all.

  • Cherry Cheng

    My four shitzu-poodle dogs at the moment are under medication and the vet told us that they should consume their medicine for a month. Now in order for them to take their medicine, we hide the medicine in a piece of chicken/pork liver (and they have to drink the medicine 4 times a day). When this happened, my dog’s started to become picky eaters. They would rather just eat the liver rather than the food (liver mixed w/ rice) we give them during meal time. But my problem is that if I follow the “just leave the food and they will eat when they are hungry” tactic, they would vomit yellowish liquid (I am guessing it’s a bile). So because of that, we are forced to give them what they want. Because we don’t want them getting sick. Is it normal if they won’t eat a day or 2 and they will vomit the yellowish liquid?

    I am really worried for their health if they won’t eat properly while taking their medicines. Any word of advice?

  • David Redden

    I dont know what makes me hate you more: your confederate flag picture, your lack of a grasp on the written english language, or the fact that you ended your comment with “god bless”.

  • iEdit Projects

    I just discovered that my 5 month pitbull puppy will not eat until forgiven. Today he had an accident and I was a little upset while cleaning his crate. I know it’s not his fault but at the same time it’s important for me to convey its not ok. When feeding time rolled around he sat for his bowl without being prompted but didn’t budge when I tapped my foot near his bowl ( an inaudible jester I use for him to approach his food and water) . He just looked at me with sad eyes until a gave him a little affectionate head pat then he followed the jester to eat.

  • Kelly Soltau-Sandvig

    My dog had a similar issue. His eye was horrible looking and he had no appetite. Turned out the eye was uveitis caused by Lymes disease. We tried a few courses of antibiotics to no avail. I hope this isn’t the case with your dog but the similarity made me share.

  • Thekelster

    My dog had the same issues. It turned out he had uveitis in his eye caused by Lymes disease. We tried a few courses of antibiotics to no avail. I hope this isn’t the case for your dog but because of the similarities I decided to share.

  • Joy Michelle Morrison

    Hate is a strong word. Do you always hate someone for so little reason? Especially someone you don t really even know?

  • nylongirl

    OMG NEVER give your dog Parcetetamol!!! It can kill!!! Never ever give anything unless you google 1st or call a vet and ask. That’s why the pup died! You can’t give everything to dogs. Asprin can sometimes be ok for a grown dog but not Paracetamol, tylenol, etc… and asprin can kill a cat yet not a full grown dog. You never give anything unless you have checked for sure with a vet. That poor puppy :'(

  • nylongirl

    It’s not cold hearted its letting people know you don’t do certain things. If you don’t tell them it can happen again!

  • Tessa Adolf

    I have a 6 year old pharoah hound mix. since the hotter weather started coming around he has stopped eating. He’s usually not a picky eater. I’ve put egg in his food because normally he will eat it with that if i notice he doesn’t eat right away. I’ve walked him to make sure he wasn’t already full for some reason. Im a little nervous as he does have some neurological problems.

  • gretchen

    You’re right..I deleted my post. People do need to know about any meds etc they give their pets, so many are toxic~

  • Karen Lee


  • Karen Lee

    i have a bichon frise who is nearly 11 and she hasn’t had her dinner for 5 days. We have taken her to the vets a few days ago and they cannot find anything wrong. She has always been difficult to feed and will not eat anything other than home cooked chicken, turkey or lamb with a few vegetables. So worried about her, she is very lathagic any ideas please .

  • laura bailey

    my pup refuses puppy food but will eat a mixture of dog food and wet tinned food shes is almost 4 months. her previous owners say she has always been like this

  • coneyro

    I feel for you, my dog is the same difficult way. My same age Chihuahua is going on three days of not eating.. He is a little “monster”. Only will eat (when he does)by hand feeding, and first barks and bites my fingers. I have to get that first taste of food in him before he’ll eat anything. But he LOVES cat food. THAT could be MY problem.

    Somethings I’ve tried. Crushing his favorite treat, cheese, or hamburger on top. That works when he is in the mood to eat.

    You are sure her mouth or teeth aren’t the problem? She IS getting older.

    My prayers are with you. Let me know how it works out for you.

  • Karen Lee

    Hi thanks for your reply. She is fine now. Started eating again, I gave her some lamb out of our casserole and that got her appetite back, she is still fussy and misses the odd meal. Just the way she is I suppose. Took her for a check up at the vets as thought it may be a problem in her mouth, but everything is fine.

  • Joan

    Have her spayed.

  • 1bestdog

    no it is not important to convey it is not okay….puppies cannot be in a crate very long–no dogs should–but if they go in the crate it is because you left him in there too long…and unless you scold him as he is doing it he will not make the connection,,,it is cruel

  • 1bestdog

    the confederate flag is all about hate…it really is, so lots of people react to it

  • Aubrey

    If you don’t even have 5 bucks what are you doing with a dog?

  • Aubrey

    I hope you took her to a veterinarian and had her treated. Just because she was drinking water does not mean she wasn’t dehydrated! do you even know how to check for dehydration?

  • The Professor

    Just because you are poor doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. People fall on hard times as well. Loss of job etc.

  • Janet Watt Ramirez

    I am going to the vet today to take my 11 year old chihuahua in. He hasn’t eaten in approximately five days either. I’m afraid something really bad is wrong with him but he could just be picky. I don’t know. I will have to see what the doctor says.

  • Shannon

    My dog hasn’t eaten since yesterday morning, that’s unusual because she used to love food, she won’t take her pills either so I’m sick to my stomach with worry. She’s a 16 year old shih tzu with cancer, dementia, and arthritis. I know her time is near but she drinks and is determined to live. What can I put in her water to make her comfortable until she decides she’s ready to go? any holistic tips please?

  • Antwan Richmond

    When this happened to my chowzer dog I was told by the vet that it was because his stomach was empty. It’s common in dogs that eat once a day to vomit yellow or white foam. When he vomits like that I wait a couple hours and than try to feed him. If he refuses I show no sign of anger, or frustrations. I simply pet him on the head wait 10 minutes and remove the food from the bowl. This worked immediately and he begin eating again.

  • Jeff mensch

    we just brought a new 3 years old shelty mix dog home. He does not want to eat his “Good” dog food, we bought better quality, whithout gravy or sauces or water to make it softer.
    He has missed 2 meals as he will NOT touch his “good foo. HOW LONG should we allow him NOT TO EAT? Thanks

  • Brandon Cottrell

    I have 6 moth old American Stafford shire terrier that absolutely loved eating and playing with everyone and everything 2 days ago he did a complete 360 and won’t touch his food and stays in his corner all day

  • Kareem Ayas

    I have a 5-6 month old Siberian Husky. Kane is NOT a picky eater. In fact there is nothing in the world that he doesn’t put in his mouth and try to swallow. I feed him Nutro Max Large Breed Puppy Dry Food, and he LOVES it… Well, loved. The food got a bit stale near the end of the bag, and I didn’t notice.. So I bought him a new bag, but in the 3 days it took to ship the bag to me, I had to feed him some of the less fresh food, and so he would enjoy it, I would mix in pieces of frozen watermelon and small hotdog bits.
    The new bag came today! And I opened it, and poured out a bowl, but he wouldn’t eat it. He would stand there and howl at the bowl. It’s quite annoying. I put in a bit of chopped hotdog, just to make sure that it wasn’t an appetite problem, and it was just him being a drama queen… And he ate all the hotdogs, leaving the dog food behind. I guess I’ll take the bowl away and give it back after a few hours of exercise, play and sleep. See if he is hungry then.

    If it seems as though I’m correct, and that he is just being picky, then fine. But if it seems like I am missing something, let me know, because I’m new to this dog owner thing, and wouldn’t mind some advice.

  • nekoxinu- chan

    I have a 9 year old Japanese Spitz… He has not eaten for 2 and a half days now, I tried taking him out for a walk a while ago and see if he will eat now, but he wouldn’t. I tried coaxing him to eat his food, but he just drank some water and was done with it. He would even turn his face away if I brought the food to him…. Any suggestions? What do you think could be wrong with him?

  • Crystal

    What an ugly, insensitive response. Like my mom use to say, if you can’t say anything nice or encouraging, don’t say anything at all!.