When a Dog Stops Eating: Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate • Pet owners often become concerned or distressed when their pet stops eating. • As a pet professional, you should be aware of certain signs and symptoms to look for in addition to the fact that the dog has stopped eating, in order to see if there is an underlying cause of the problem. • These are some of the reasons why dogs refuse to eat, and some ways that you can help both the pet parent and the dog itself.
When a Dog Stops Eating: Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate When a Dog Stops Eating • Symptoms such as fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of an illness or virus that the dog is fighting. • Common illnesses that are associated with a lack of appetite include cancer, kidney failure, liver disease, dental problems, or general pain. In addition, systematic illnesses may cause a dog to stop eating temporarily.
When a Dog Stops Eating: Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate • Look for signs of a recent vaccination. Sometimes, pet parents take their dogs to get their annual vaccinations and aren’t aware that there are side effects to these vaccinations. • Some dogs will feel lethargic for a few hours, while others may refuse to eat, and may even vomit after vaccinations. • As a pet health care professional, you should ask the pet owner if this has occurred in the past with similar vaccinations. • In some cases, providing the dog with medication prior to the vaccine can reduce the side effects and adverse reactions.
When a Dog Stops Eating: Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate • Talk with the pet owner about recent changes in the home. Sometimes, the arrival of a new child or moving to a new location can cause stress for dogs. • Much like people, dogs might refuse to eat if they are in a situation where they are uncomfortable. • If a major life change has occurred recently, talk with the pet owner about things they can do in order to make their dog feel more comfortable and adjust better to the new situation.
When a Dog Stops Eating: Signs and Symptoms to Evaluate • When a pet has decided to stop eating, pet professionals can often give pet parents the guidance they need in order to improve their dog’s health and surroundings. • In some cases, adding a pet nutritional supplement like NuVet Plus helps to improve their digestive health and subsequently improve their appetite. • It is important to give the dog a proper examination and evaluate their current situation in life before providing the pet owner with recommendations and solutions to help get their dog to eat again.
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