Doggy diet problems can be a major concern for all pet owners, whether they have just adopted a new puppy or have owned several pets over the years. Unfortunately, our pets cannot communicate with us leaving owners with many unanswered questions about troubling symptoms.
If your dog has not eaten any food in over a day, it is important to bring the dog to a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Possible reasons why your dog is not eating include recent vaccinations, unfamiliar surroundings, a new brand or type of food, illness, or behavioral issues. If your dog has been recently vaccinated, it could be experiencing some temporary, adverse side effects that have impacted its diet. Just as young children can become nervous in unfamiliar surroundings; your dog can also become anxious when arriving in a new place, leading to a decreased appetite. If you've switched to a new brand, style (for example, wet versus dry), or flavor of food, your pet may be having some difficulty transitioning their tastes. Consider feeding your pet a blend of their old and new favor, to make the change smoother.
Lack of appetite can also be an indicator of an underlying illness or condition. Although a loss of appetite doesn't necessarily mean your dog is gravely ill, it can be a symptom of conditions such as liver problems, dental disease, kidney failure, or infection. Can your dog comfortably reach its food dish? Is there another animal competing for food in the same areas? Sometimes dogs are simply picky about their diet, or they are avoiding food because their feeding environment is somehow uncomfortable or stressful.