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Help! My dog won’t eat!

We understand how concerning it can be when your dog refuses to eat. Here are some steps you can take to help encourage your dog to eat:

  1. Check for Health Issues: Rule out any underlying health problems that may be causing your dog’s lack of appetite. If your dog’s refusal to eat is accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, or changes in behaviour, consult with your vet as soon as possible.

  2. Offer a Variety of Foods: Try offering different types of food to see if your dog has a preference. You can try different proteins, textures, or brands of raw food.

  3. Change the Temperature: While some dogs enjoy their food straight from the fridge, some like it at room temperature or mixed with bone broth.

  4. Hand-Feeding: Sometimes, hand-feeding your dog small amounts of food can encourage them to eat. Offer small bites of food from your hand to entice your dog and make mealtime more enjoyable.

  5. Create a Routine: Establish a regular feeding schedule and stick to it. Dogs thrive on routine, so feeding them at the same times each day can help stimulate their appetite.

  6. Minimize Distractions: Choose a quiet, calm area for mealtime to minimize distractions and help your dog focus on eating. Turn off the TV, radio, or any other sources of noise that may be causing anxiety

  7. Change the bowl: Try feeding in a different bowl, or on a plate. It really can be that simple an issue!

  8. Limit Treats: If your dog is refusing to eat their regular food, avoid offering too many treats or table scraps throughout the day. This can spoil their appetite and make them less interested in their meals.

  9. Give them a time limit: Leave the food out for 10 minutes and then remove back to the fridge. They’ll realise if they don’t gobble it up it’ll be gone!
  10. Consult with Your Vet: If your dog’s refusal to eat persists or if you suspect a medical issue, consult with your vet for guidance. They can perform a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment or dietary changes.

  11. Stay Calm and Patient: It’s important to remain calm and patient while trying to address your dog’s lack of appetite. Dogs can pick up on your emotions, so try to stay positive and avoid becoming frustrated or anxious during mealtime.

By following these steps and working closely with us and your vet, you can help encourage your dog to eat and ensure they receive the nutrition they need for good health.