Our blog series - My dog has stopped eating? What should I do? - concludes today tackling this question: It’s not the environment or change in food – now what? Let’s discuss:
You’ve reviewed the checklist we offered in Part 1 of this blog series and none of the conditions apply to your situation. It’s been a couple of days and your dog is still not interested in his food, a visit to the veterinarian is warranted. It could be a deeper, more serious issue that is causing the loss of appetite.
Your dog’s food hasn’t changed and you’ve added many different types of enhancements for a couple of days, but still no interest in his food. I would recommend a trip to your veterinarian. Lack of interest even with enticing morsels could be a hint of an internal problem.
I created this blog series to help others with a devastating experience for a Your Pet Chef customer. Her dog, who always inhaled her food, suddenly started getting finicky. This customer had recently brought a cat into the home and thought that her dog was just more interested in eating the cat’s food than her own. This made perfect sense to me as well. After a few days, still no interest in her food and the bits of cat food she was putting on top of the food were no longer doing the trick. She reached out to me for suggestions so I said to continue to add some treats on top of her food and I would make her up a special “sprinkle” that might do the trick. Well this did work for a couple of days and then we were back to refusing to eat.
This customer brought her pup into the vet and it was not good news. A mass was detected in her abdomen which required surgery. Sadly, she crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of days later. The mass was most likely cancer. This pup was one of my favorites and I am going to miss her immensely. I’ve wracked my brain on what I could have suggested that would have helped to avoid this outcome. Her food was a cancer fighting meal plan and her treats were as well. I’m not sure if a visit to the veterinarian a day or two earlier would have helped. Dogs are so good at hiding pain and what is really happening to them. It’s our job to be as in tune with them as possible to see even the slightest change in behavior that might help us detect a problem. Some dogs are just artists at concealment. I feel this was the case for this precious pup. How I will miss her sweet beautiful face and lovely personality.
Thank you for reading this blog post. Stay tuned for future blog series. If you’d like to try our food for your pup, start here.