Loss of Appetite Average Cost

From 11 quotes ranging from $500 - 8,000

Average Cost

$1,000

First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What is Loss of Appetite?

Loss of appetite “anorexia” in dogs is a symptom that can be indicative of a variety of possible underlying problems. The underlying cause could range from a minor stressor to a life-threatening illness. A pet choosing to eat little or no food as the result of an upset stomach or stress may begin eating again within 24 hours. However, loss of appetite for longer than 1-2 days can be a sign of medical emergency and should not go untreated.

Refusing to eat more than two meals is uncommon for most dogs. Loss of appetite is a serious indicator of an underlying illness, which can vary from depression to cancer. if you notice a change in your dog's eating habits, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian immediately. It is especially important to respond quickly to a refusal to eat in dogs that are usual "chow hounds."

Book First Walk Free!

Symptoms of Loss of Appetite in Dogs

Symptoms of loss of appetite in dogs include:

  • Eating less food than normal
  • Refusing to eat food
  • Refusing to eat treats
  • Lack of interest in food
  • Trying to eat but unable
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Vomiting
Types
  • Pseudo-anorexia – The pet wants to eat, however cannot due to a physical problem.
  • True anorexia – The pet has no desire to eat.

Causes of Loss of Appetite in Dogs

A variety of issues can cause loss of appetite in dogs:

Psychological Causes of Anorexia

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Undesirable food
  • Environmental change
  • Dietary change
  • Change in daily routine

Physical Causes of Anorexia

  • Medication
  • Infection (bacterial, viral, parasitic)
  • Cancer
  • Pain
  • Toxin exposure
  • Dental problems
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease or blockage
  • Endocrine disorder
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Neurological disease

Diagnosis of Loss of Appetite in Dogs

It is important to note whether any environmental or dietary changes have occurred that may be causing the loss of appetite in your pet. Possible stressors could include moving to a new home, having house guests for a visit, a family member leaving for a period of time, getting a new pet, loud noises (fireworks, gunshots, thunder) or change in diet.

If your pet is demonstrating loss of appetite, you may want to try feeding a bland diet (boiled chicken breast and white rice) and see if the appetite returns. If you have changed diets recently, try going back to the old diet or add a bit of low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth to stimulate appetite. Monitor your pet for 24 hours and if low appetite continues or if you notice the pet is not having bowel movements or is having diarrhea and/or vomiting, visit the veterinarian for an examination.

The veterinarian will want to know when the loss of appetite began, and whether your pet tries to eat but can’t or doesn’t try at all. Any recent changes to the diet or environment can be important information.

The physical examination will include an examination of the mouth, teeth and throat and abdominal palpitation for possible pain or masses. Laboratory diagnostics may include blood testing to detect any abnormalities in liver, kidney, and other organ function. A fecal exam can detect the presence of intestinal parasites. Radiographs will aid in visualization of any abdominal or chest abnormalities. Endoscopy can be used to help visualize the condition of the throat, stomach lining and upper small intestine.

Treatment of Loss of Appetite in Dogs

You can attempt to stimulate appetite at home by warming the pet’s food slightly or adding warm water to kibble (increasing smell and palatability). Be very certain that the food is not too hot and stir microwaved food well to distribute heat evenly after warming. You may also try adding canned food or low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth) to kibble. A pet may respond to hand feeding with fingers or a spoon better than eating from a bowl.

If the pet refuses to eat after a 24-hour period, veterinary treatment will be necessary.

Supportive Care

If the pet has not eaten in a few days, intravenous or subcutaneous fluid therapy will rehydrate the pet and provide electrolytes. Syringe feeding or a feeding tube may be required for pets who haven’t eaten in 2-3 days. An appetite stimulant such as mirtazapine or cyproheptadine can aid in boosting appetite.

Treatment of the Underlying Issue

Once the condition that is causing the loss of appetite is identified, proper treatment of the condition will be initiated. This may involve oral medications, dental procedure and/or surgery.

Refeeding

Once the pet is stabilized, a refeeding plan will be put into place. Normally, a bland diet will be offered for 2-3 days with small portions given frequently throughout the day. The diet will then transition to a regular diet gradually over one week.

Recovery of Loss of Appetite in Dogs

Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions on refeeding and diet management carefully. The gastrointestinal tract is often sensitive after periods of not eating and your veterinarian’s dietary instructions will address this. Let your veterinarian know if appetite is not considerably improved within 1-2 days after release and monitor bowel movements and behavior carefully.

Recovery from anorexia depends on the ability to detect and treat the underlying cause quickly. Prognosis is normally good with early detection and pets can regain appetite in a day or two after the underlying cause is addressed.

Loss of Appetite Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Luffy
Dachshund
16 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite

Hi. My dog was sick for two weeks now. But he is now recovering. 2 weeks before he got sick he has no appetite for food. And completely lost it. What am i gonna do? Im from philippines.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Thank you for your question. It is a good sign that Luffy is recovering. If he is still not eating, I would recommend visiting your local Veterinarian to examine Luffy to ensure that there are no foreign bodies or other problems that may be preventing him from eating. If he ate something two weeks ago that was an irritant, it could be still causing pain or discomfort. Without personally examining him I am unable to give any further information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy is almost 4 months old he is drinking water and still up moving around but he not eating he losing weigh and he keeps getting sick and he has the runs

My dog is suffer appetite :( 2-3 days not eating but still drinking less amount of water what can I do for my dog :( PLEASE help ;(

My friends dog will not eat but drinks. She lives on a chicken house farm and she caught him eating a nasty rotten dead chicken and he's been sickly since then with vomiting and runs. Can someone please help

Trying to help my friend nurse her dog back to health. He's drinking but will not eat and vomits and has the runs. She lives on a chicken house farm and caught him eating a nasty rotten dead chicken. Any advice, we're giving him Pedialyte

My dog is bleeding out her butt and also has a loss of appetite what should i do.

I'm here for an urgent matter cause my friends dog is vomiting, has a lack of appetite and shaking. I was wondering if you could help us find out the cause! PLEASE!!

Good day, Dr Callum. My 2month old pup, coco lost her appetite for nearly a week now. She drinks water though but not milk. She just sniffs the food. We tried to let her eat dog food, chicken, rice or anything that could boost appetite but still she refused. We just recently dewormed her together with Coffee. Coco now had a huge weight loss and seems very inactive. I was wondering what else can i do before seeing a vet. Your quick response is highly appreciated.

my dog ate chicken and I try to feed her dog food and she will not eat and I heard that chicken skin can hurt a dog is that true

My dog is 9 months old, usually hyper, loves to eat everything and we feed her 3 times a day. We noticed that she seems down and won't eat her food. She still takes treats but has a hard time eating them. She is still drinking water but had a fever for a couple hours before it went away. Could it be something serious? Or something as simple as a tooth ache?

My dog won't eat his food. Usually he scarfs down his food. He also won't drink water. I tried adding sugur to it to make it more appetizing. He still won't drink it. He can not poop either. It's very watery. Also he has thrown up for 24 hours+. What do I do, he's not acting the same and is only 1 1/2 years old. Help please

For the pass week or two my dog has this thing around her eyes like mange. Thinking it would go away it hasn't and now she is eating little or no food. Help.....

My morkie is nearly 9 years old. I noticed blood in her urine and lethargic, I rushed her to the vet and started her on antibiotics, at the vet I learned her teeth were in horrible condition, she only drinks when I offer her water and turns her nose up at any kind of food. I've been feeding her puréed chicken & rice via syringe which she isn't crazy about but I get it in. Will be addressing the teeth issue asap but wondering if that is also the reason for her lethargy or would Lyme disease cause a loss of appetite.

Add a comment to Luffy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Coco
little over 6 months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

what should I do?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are various causes for loss of appetite and lethargy which may be due to food spoilage, foreign body, dental problems, gastrointestinal disease to name a few. The first step is to try a different food, try a different brand, flavour or type of food (wet vs dry); it is remotely possible that Coco doesn’t find her current food appetising and trying a different food may encourage her to eat (I find wet food usually gets them going). Failing that a visit to your Veterinarian for a physical examination to check teeth, abdomen etc… for any abnormalities which would lead to a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my dog is 3 years old..not eating for the past ten days..we when to doctor he gave syrup.. But not eating at all..what we can do pls tell

I have a dog 13 yrs of age . Shes bleeding for 2 weeks now . shes not eating just water .vet diagnosed she has a myoma eventhough she will undergo operation still has 3 to 6 months to live...Please help if theres any chance to prolong her life...I don't want to lose her that soon... Thank you and God Bless

I have a 14 month old pup I was feeding her Purina puppy chow I switched her to pedigree aldult dog food and the next day she would not eat and lays around and that evening she started dry heaving can u tell me why and what I can do please I am worried to death if u can E-mail me please at ( ([email protected] ) thank you!!

Add a comment to Coco's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bruni
18 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite

Thank you doctor . We have tried wet food , she only eats very little. Though she is not eating very well still is very active.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

I am happy that Bruni ate a little wet food; but if she is still not eating well, it may be worth visiting your Veterinarian to check for retained baby teeth or gastrointestinal problems since she is not eating fully. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bruni's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bruni
Labrador Retriever
18 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite

My Labrador Retriever isn't eating properly for 3 days and also behaving strange.
Recently Mating was done but she did not conceive and her delivery dates are over , also her food is changed as she wasn't looking in good shape. thereafter she is not eating properly and miss behaving. Should i see a vet ? Please advise...

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

The loss of appetite may be related to Bruni’s change of food; if she doesn’t find it palatable she may not entertain it, did you try her with some different food like a wet meaty food to see if that is attractive for her? Loss of appetite may be caused by various conditions: retained puppy teeth, parasites, infections, tumours, hormonal problems, foreign bodies etc… The strange behaviour may be indicative of pain or discomfort. One failed pregnancy isn’t really indicative of any disease unless other gynaecological signs would present. I would try Bruni with some different, more palatable food to see if she is interested; if she will eat a wet food but not a dry food, it may be a dental problem. If she still doesn’t eat the different food, visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination and possibly x-rays (to check for foreign bodies or other abnormalities). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy is 4months old, heats very little 2days after vaccination and deworming. What should i do?

Add a comment to Bruni's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dusty
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite & diah

Medication Used

Metronidazole 250

I took my cavalier king Charles Toy Spaniel to the vet about 12 days ago. He wasn't eating & had diahrea w/a little bit of blood. The Doctor took blood samples, fecal samples, checked the liver & kidneys. Said he didn't know what was wrong. Just found some inflammation. Put him on a diet of Hill's Prescription ID with Turkey, 250 mg of Metronidazole (Flagyl); 10 tablets, & Forgo Flora. He was getting all better. Just a day after he finished the pills, he started losing interest in his food & just had had a bout with diahrea (a little bit of blood). He doesn't seem to exhibit any pain in his abdomen. He is just anxious. Could the foti flora (probiotic powder placed on his food) havereduced the effect of his medication? The doctor suggested earlier that he might have a possible tumor if he doesn't get well. However, I feel that maybe either more medication or something even stronger is a better way to go considering all the other tests he was given came out negative and he was on the road to recovery. What is your opinion?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

If there was positive recovery whilst on the metronidazole, this would point to an infectious cause; culture and sensitivity testing of the faeces may help to isolate the offending infectious pathogen and to show which medication it is sensitive to. If your Veterinarian has suggested that a tumour may be present (for example), an x-ray or ultrasound may be valuable to rule out tumours, foreign bodies and other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Dusty's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kelly
Golden Retriever
4 Months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite and lethargy

My four month old golden retriever refuse to eat for two days. She only ate boiled chicken breast for two days. She looks sad and tired. No vomit and diarhea. I bought her 3 weeks ago and had anti rabbies vaccine last weeks. Im worried because i am not used to see her like this. She really like to eat before. Please help

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are various causes for a loss of appetite in puppies including dental disorders, parasites, stomach disorders, foreign bodies, infections, poisoning, food spoilage or unappetising food among other causes; try feeding different foods like warm wet food (heat up like baby food in a microwave) to see if you can tempt her. If this is unsuccessful, you may need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

How did your retriever turn out? Is he/she doing better? What was his diagnosis? I'm very interested cause my puppy seems as if she's getting sick and has the same symptoms as your retriever

Add a comment to Kelly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Krish
ND
07 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Loss of Appetite

Hello sir I m from India , my dog Krish is of 7 year old he is not eating since 8 days but no vomating and no dirriea . we are giving him treatment is as -follows-- cefotaxime sodium injection 500 mg , pantaprazole injection 20 mg , tribivet (multi vitamin) 1 ml , meloxicam 1 ml , ondanestron injection 1 ml and 200ml dns and now we are giving ----- aciloc 150mg twice a day , clindamycin Injection 0.7ml , enzar forte tab , ciplactin tab , tefroliv forte tab. This treatment is giving in 2 times a day . And report are as follows --.serum amylase - 1645, total proteins - 4.9, albumin - 1.7, globulin - 3.2 , A:G Ratio- 0.53, pc - 2.57 , Bun - 10, serum creatinine -0.8 , sgpt - 30, sgpt - 12 , alkaline phosphatase - 380 , hemoglobin - 15, rbc - 5730000 m/mm3 , wbc - 41,950 /mm3 , neutrophils: myelo- 86 % , lymphocytes - 08 , monocytes - 07 , eosinophils - 00 , basophils - 00 , and negative for any blood parasite. Plz reply what is the problem what we can do for that

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

From the description of symptoms and blood biochemistry results, I would be concerned about either a foreign body in Krish’s gastrointestinal tract or pancreatitis (due to increased serum amylase and neutrophils); I would recommend a x-ray to rule out foreign bodies, tumours etc… and to carry out a serum pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity concentration test to test for pancreatitis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/pancreatitis

 

Add a comment to Krish's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Maya
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My one year old golden seems to have lost interest in her food. She normally eats three times a day, but for the last week we've been leaving out only a cup for her breakfast and she won't eat it until late at night, if at all. She still seems to have the energy for our walks, she still wants treats and people food (which we won't give her), but she just doesn't want her food. We've checked her mouth with a flashlight and with our fingers, as well as feel around her abdomen to see if there are any painful areas, but nothing seems to bother her. Any ideas why this might be happening?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It is possible that Maya isn’t finding her food appetising (she may wait until evening to see if you give her anything else like yummy human food) or her food maybe spoilt; try changing her food to a different brand to see if that helps, also if you previously fed dry food try giving her some wet food. There are some conditions that cause a loss of appetite including stress, depression (my dog doesn’t eat if I am away from home), infection, dental problems, foreign bodies, hormonal conditions, pain or poisoning; if Maya doesn’t eat the new food, visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Maya's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rapido
Basset Bleu de Gascogne
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gurgling
Stomach Sounds
Weight Loss
Loss of appetite
Lethargic

Medication Used

None. But I do have left over meds

Hello Dr.,
I am extremely concerned about my Basset Hound, Rapido. For the past month or so I have been hearing his stomach gases churning very loudly. We could hear it from several feet away. However, he still ate normally. As of 3-4 days ago He has lost his appetite and is very lethargic. His stomach is still growling. He will drink water. I'm sure I'm not the only person who can not afford a vet visit, lab work, xray, and then the treatment course (if needed). I absolutely adore him. We just paid $700 for a benign cyst removal on him and we lost our Bloodhound 1 year ago to Lymphoma. Talk about expensive diagnoses and a hard decision not to treat his cancer. Exactly 4 weeks later he went blind and we decided to do the unthinkable. My issue with taking my Basset to the vet and pay some astronomical fees for a diagnosis, and not being able to pay for the treatment anyways. I hear people always say if you can't afford a pet you shouldn't have one. I don't like that attitude because we are excellent owners but I can no longer work due to an illness. Sometimes life deals a raw hand and all we can do is try and cope and be logical about expectations. What do you think the ailment could be and what can we do at home to try and make him as comfortable as possible? Any advise would be helpful.
Thank you

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many possible causes for stomach upset including infection, allergies, poisoning, parasites etc… Rapido’s age will only add to the possible causes. A low cost approach to the problem maybe to change Rapido’s diet to something more simple like boiled chicken and rice to rule out food intolerances and Pepcid (famotidine) to calm the acid in the stomach; also feeding smaller meals more often will prevent the stomach from being empty. Whilst I do sympathise with your financial situation; if a more simple diet and Pepcid doesn’t calm his stomach and encourages him to eat, please visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Rapido's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Echo
Labrador Retriever
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of appetite

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Hi my dog (Echo) has been off her food for 4 days. She normally has dried food (Royal Canin) which she has been eaten for the last 4 years. I have tried to change her food and she did eat a handful of biscuits but now she will not eat anything, not even a piece of cheese.

I have taken her to the vets where he said she had a slight temperature of 38.4 and a few crackles on her lungs. he prescribed amoxicillin and NSAID. She has normal toilet habits and drinking plenty of water. She runs around without showing any signs of pain or discomfort.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Echo’s temperature is within physiological range (37.9–39.9°c), crackles in the lungs may be due to some respiratory infection. It is possible that Echo has a tummy upset that will pass after seven to ten days which can cause a loss of appetite. If Echo is still active and running around, just keep an eye on the situation; one thing to check would be her teeth as dental problems can lead to a loss of appetite due to pain whilst eating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Echo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Charlie
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Not Eating
Vomiting
Drinking lots of water

Medication Used

None

Hi my dog is a black lab, it has been 7 days and Charlie has quit eating, drinks lots of water, vomits about 3 to 4 times a day, its like a white muscus liquid, he lost wait over the last month or so, then about 4 days of not eating and drinking lots of water his belly swelled up over night, we took him to the vet, they did not check his temperature or d a stool sample or nothing, he felt his belly and said he's not good, he has a massive tumor and we would probably be putting him down this week, not sure but we need a second opinion on what to do we do not want to lose our dog.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It is difficult to say as a loss of appetite, vomiting and swollen abdomen could be from a tumour, liver disease, hormonal disease and other conditions which are usually confirmed or ruled out with blood tests, x-rays etc... If you want a second opinion (I am unable to comment as I cannot examine Charlie), go to another Veterinarian but be courteous and tell your existing Veterinarian that you are doing so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello I have a blue nose pit bull she's 9 years old she's very weak she's not eating but she's drinking water every time we take her up the starts she can't hardly work or run we have to pick her up to take her outside we tried giving her pumpkin cooked white rice and baked chicken and she still won't eat it her right eye is swollen and I don't know what to do

Add a comment to Charlie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

lizz
Rottweiler
2 and a half months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

vomits stomach problem

hi..i got a 2month old puppy about 3days back.and after i got her she has not eaten a thing just drinks a little water each day...but not eating at all...she has stomach problems and vomits each day...and she shakes alot and just laying the whole time...what can i do?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many reasons for a puppy not eating which include stress, new environment, infections, parasites, foreign bodies, congenital abnormalities, problems with the mouth and gastrointestinal tract. This would be an issue to see your Veterinarian about as there are many other possible causes and they would be able to assess Lizz and determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to lizz's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Angel
Moodle
9 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

loss of appetite
Abnormal behavior

Hi there!!
Over the past couple of days Angel, our dog has been acting quite strange when compared to her normal self. She's been eating only once a day (always used to eat twice a day) and has thrown up if she had eaten her breakfast in the morning (on the rare occasion as she always eats at night and never refuses a treat!). Her abnormal behaviour is that we always find her 'avoiding' us by sleeping or resting underneath desks and also an unoccupied room (which is super weird as she always sticks around us. We do give her lots of love and attention which she loves but it's quite weird seeing her like this!!
UNDERLYING PROBLEMS WE'VE SEEN
- The fire alarm was going off due to low battery which freaked Angel out with the frequency (this was the start of the whole problem) she recovered after a day but her weird self had stuck around
- Because of her poodle hair, a matted coat has come in the past week (is this maybe why she could be avoiding us?) as when I was patting her she got sensitive as I accidentally stroked through a knot

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

These are a very strange combination of symptoms. Loss of appetite can be something short-term or can be part of a disease process. Hormonal conditions, malabsorption, infections, obstructions or cancer may all cause these symptoms; I would recommend having a physical examination performed by your Veterinarian along with some blood tests (also as Angel is getting old it would be useful to see her kidney and liver function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Angel's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bailey
Puggle
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Drinking more water
Loss of Appetite

My dog Bailey slowly started not wanting to eat about 3 weeks ago and now hasn't eatten anything except treats for the last 4 days. She has also started throwing up bright green, no yellow. Drinking more water and has lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. We have not taken her to the vet yet due to recently becoming a single income home. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many different causes for a loss of appetite and the symptoms are quite similar for each condition: loss of appetite, vomiting green / yellow / white, weight loss etc… Loss of appetite may be caused by a foreign body (may require surgery), other obstruction, poisoning, cancer, hormonal conditions, food palatability / spoilage (try a different food product or open a new packet), kidney / liver disease or dental problems (look inside Bailey’s mouth for any loose teeth, gum flaps or masses). Without examining Bailey I cannot give you a diagnosis due to the varied nature of the possible conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bailey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

petar
Golden Retriever
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dont want to eat yellow urine lack of energy.vomii
dont want to eat

My dog dont want to eat last 3 month.he eat unregulerly if he eat today then he dont eat next day.he potty some time normal and some time brown or gelly type.he vomiting morning time not everyday but one or two time in a week.he vomit white snow and freash water.i checked his temparature 101.5 i get them gastic tablet pan d in morning.i get them 10 days but no improve.i get him rantac injections 2times in one day but no improve.i get him liv 52 liquid before lunch but no improve.he also tired every time.his urin color light yellow.in morning 1 st urine color light yellow.so please help me.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It may be that Petar has a foreign body, infection, parasites or food intolerance. Ideally he should visit his Veterinarian for an examination, but until then change his diet to boiled chicken and rice to see if there is any improvement; also administer an anthelmintic from your local pet store to see if that helps. Petar may need to be administered for intravenous therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to petar's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Logan
Golden Retriever
6
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

We noticed that our dog Logan has lost his appetite. Its been about week-10days, maybe a bit longer. Normally Logan inhales his food. We feed our dogs twice a day, Wellness Simple Natural Grain Free Dry Limited Ingredient Dog Food, Turkey & Potato. We think he just might not like the food anymore because he ends up eating it just takes him the whole day. I hand fed him tonight and he ate all his food. He also has no problem eating treats or human food. which is why we don't know if we should really be worried and take him to the vet, or just try a different flavor food.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Sometimes dogs just start to not like a particular food, other times it is due to a condition. Firstly, check in Logan’s mouth to see if there are any loose teeth or masses on the gums that may be making eating painful. If everything seems normal, try him with a normal kibble to see how he eats that. If that doesn’t work, you would need to visit your Veterinarian to check for any obstructions or other problems. Side note: be cautious when feeding human food as many ingredients normal in our diets are toxic in small amounts in dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Logan's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rocket
Doberman Pinscher
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My Doberman has lost his appetite recently. Since 4th of July he has been a bit different. He will eat food but not as much as he normally does. It takes putting in some chicken and sitting with him for about an hour to try to beg him to eat. He usually lays down next to the food. Doesn't seem interested. I changed his food three days ago and he is still not eating normally. He has also been acting very needy lately. He has normal bowel movement and drinks normal amounts of water.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Loss of appetite may occur for a few different reasons including infections, parasites, foreign body, dental problems, systemic disease, high environmental temperature among other causes; the first step would be to check his mouth if you are able to, loose teeth and small foreign bodies in the gums and be painful for a dog causing them to eat the smallest amount of food possible. If his mouth is clear, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Rocket's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cocoa
Shih Tzu
13yrs
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

my dog is constipated when she does go it's very little and sometimes has blood in the stool she does eat chicken and rice and hamburger I've been giving her pumpkin and I have given her laxative and enemas she shows some improvement but still constipated. She is a Shih Tzu 13 years old

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It may be that Cocoa has a low fibre diet due to not being fed a commercially balanced dog food; other causes of constipation may be due to hernias (perineal), anal gland disorders among other causes. Most likely, diet is the main problem and either feeding a commercial diet or supplementing with pumpkin or stool softeners will help. Otherwise, a visit to your Veterinarian may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Cocoa's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Miller
Pit bull
7 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Don't know how long I need to wait until I take him to the vet. He has been throwing up clear liquid and not eating and I am getting worried that he may have eaten something he was not supposed to.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
If you suspect that Miller has eaten a foreign body or something poisonous you should visit a Veterinarian immediately to be on the safe side; if Miller is generally off his food and vomiting, you could try feeding some boiled chicken and rice as well as giving 0.25mg/lb of famotidine twice per day thirty minutes before food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Miller's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cupcake
Long hair chihuahua
2 1/2
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Loss of Appetite

My small dog was attacked by two German shepherds about a week ago which shes been to the vet for surgical treatment and put on antibiotics for her broken ribs. I been having to feed her with a syringe because she does not want to eat and I was wondering if due to the amount of pain she been in if that could be the cause for her loss of appetite.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

The loss of appetite may be due to the pain Cupcake is in; it may be painful to bend down to eat food (I know it isn’t far in Chihuahuas), but placing her food on a phone book to make it slightly higher may help. Otherwise, syringe feeding a mixture of wet food and water would ensure adequate nutrition and hydration during recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Cupcake's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fluffy
Bichon Frise
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite

Hello, Im from Philippines, my dog is a bichon frise, 2 y/o. Since my husband died last March 30, My dog eating habit changed. Before she eats trice a day but since then she eats twice or once a day,usually she eat her food at night only or late at night, maximum is 3 portion of chicken breast or and she dont like treats anymore. She seems okay and lively if im walking her but my only problem is her eating habits? what to do to bring back her appetite? Thank you very much.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Dogs can grieve for their pet friends and for their human owners; a loss of appetite may be attributable to grief but may also be indicative of another condition (one easy check is to look at her teeth to see if their are any misaligned or retained teeth causing pain). Whilst a loss of appetite is concerning, if activity is relatively normal and she isn’t losing any weight I wouldn’t be overly concerned but would keep a close eye on her; try to feed a wet dog food to see if she will eat that as it may be more appetising, otherwise visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Fluffy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dixie
Blue Heeler
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

I have a 7 or 8 year old gemale blue heeler and she hasnt had any jinda shots in four years before then she has had all of her shot as a pup... my firend had a puppy they had to put down becUse of parvo.. question is can my dog.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
If Dixie hasn’t been vaccinated for a few years, we cannot guarantee that she has sufficient protection against diseases like Parvo, especially if she came into contact with an infected pup or their environment. If you have concerns, I would keep a close eye on her but overall I would highly recommend having her vaccinated to ensure that she is protected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Dixie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Prince
Pit mixed
3 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Wont eat but will drink

My 3 month old puppy will not eat will drink and has diarrhea it's not bloody though don't know what's going on or how to make him eat oh and no money for the vet

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Has Prince been vaccinated, if not it may be the start of Parvo which is a severe viral infection which has a 10% survival rate in unvaccinated dog which do not receive urgent Veterinary care (plus at three months Prince wouldn’t be fully protected or finished his vaccination course). Other causes of a loss of appetite and diarrhoea are parasites, foreign bodies (would need to speak to a Veterinarian) or a bacterial infection. I understand your financial situation; but in a puppy as young as Prince, he is susceptible to infections which would need to be treated or managed by your Veterinarian as the treatment is by prescription medicines (nothing over the counter) and in severe cases, in patient care with fluid therapy may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Prince's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Chica Pearson
Chihuahua
8mmths?
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Her eyes are glassy
Won't eat or drink for 2 days
All she wants to do is sleep for the last 2 days

My little female Chihuahua is approximately seven or eight months old she has not ate or drink anything in the last two days and all she's doing is sleeping. Does just started two days ago and I'm very worried about her she does not appear to have a fever or anything but she's not had anything to eat or drink and two days all she's doing is sleeping and her eyes are real classy. What can be possible reasons for this? Could it be that she sad depressed or are these symptoms of parvo?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Further to your earlier question on our page on dehydration in dogs: did you try her gums to see if she is dehydrated? Parvo is a disease which is preventable by vaccination; symptoms of parvo include vomiting, diarrhoea (with blood), fever, dehydration etc… (see link below). When you are checking her gums for dehydration, check the teeth for any anomalies as a retained tooth may cause a loss of appetite. If you are unable to encourage Chica to eat or drink (try to get her to eat and drink by mixing smooth wet food with water and syringing it into her mouth), you should take her to her Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/parvo

Add a comment to Chica Pearson 's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mulligan
pit mix
1.5 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of appetite, some lethargy, some vomitting

Hi, my dog, Mulligan, has been displaying a loss of appetite for about a week and a half now. She generally wolfs down her food once I put it down, and has slowly become less interested in it. She is going back and forth eating a little bit at a time here and there, eating human food if I mix it in such as a bit of rice, or a kibble out of my hand. She has been pretty fond of her treats still. Her energy levels up until today seem normal. She is extremely high energy and still enjoying her walks, but I don't want to over exert her with her lack of food consumption. She is still drinking water and producing regular bowel movements. Today she is growing to be a bit lethargic and has thrown up once, a bit of liquid/almost bile looking substance. Since then she has made a few gagging reflexes but that is about it. I am not sure what the cause could be aside from it now being summer and some of the extreme heat that we have had in the recent weeks. Thanks!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Heat can cause a great reduction in appetite in a dog; I used to live in a tropical climate and moved to somewhere much cooler, since we moved my dog eats practically double the amount of food and has more energy. However, loss of appetite may be caused by a variety of different causes including dental disorders (check her mouth for loose teeth or other anomalies), gastrointestinal disorders (ulcers, infections, tumours etc…), food spoilage (try opening a new bag of kibbles or offer some wet food mixed with kibbles) or other problems. Due to the varied possible causes, I would recommend having your Veterinarian check her over to be on the safe side; the vomiting of bile would be due to an empty stomach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog he is a pug and he is always wanting to be in shade. He is drinking a lot of water and he only eats once, but then he vomits his food out. I try to give him food like a hotdog and he eats it but vomits it out later. He is very very skinny

Add a comment to Mulligan's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Oreo
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

My black Labrador Retriever has recently been acting very strange. she hasn't been eating any of her food for two days now and she always mopes around and is only excited when around are other dog Chevy. I'm very concerned for her health any ideas what could help?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Thank you for your question. There are various reasons why Oreo is off his food; this could be due to dental problems, gastrointestinal upset, foreign body, spoiled food, tumours or systemic disease for example. As a simple first step; you could try cleaning the food bowl and giving fresh food to Oreo, or trying a different type of food to see if she has gone off her usual food. Otherwise, I would have to recommend visiting your Veterinarian to have a physical examination (possibly including x-rays and blood tests) to determine the underlying cause of the lack of appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my mix breed dog 8months he's very active and playful dog however after he took an anti rabbies last week now he became sick loss of appetite he vomits for twice we don't know how to cure his sickness .My mother was afraid again of what happened same scenario from our previous dog. What shall we do? Please help us. Thanks

I have a teddy bear pup she's is 1 year and 4 months old she's had diarrhea and vomiting and has stop eating!! Took to vet they done tunes of blood work and ultrasounds and barium series ,all test were normal !! The diarrhea has stopped she's still having some vomiting it looks like yellow foam .. still hasn't eat her dog food, I quite a while now I'm getting a little of people food in her !! She try's to play but not for to long she gives out so easy !! What could be wrong with her !!! I need help I'm scare I'm going to lose that sweet fur baby!!! Please please help I've have spend thousands of dollars on her already !!

Hi, my German Shepherd dog 14 month she's very active and skinny don't like food since birth l feed her royal canin dry food but she doesn't eat unless I grind and mix them with warm water and canned food however, she never finished his bowl.
Ps. She don't eat if l'm not beside here. So, how could l make here eat like a normal dog?

Add a comment to Oreo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Poppy
Pomeranian
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

See above description

Medication Used

None

My Golden Pomeranian, Poppy, age 5 years 1 month, began limping yesterday (when standing, walking or sitting, would not let her left forepaw touch the ground). She began showing signs of fatigue (lying in shady areas) and sometimes it took effort to get her to accept a treat such as some peanut butter -- first I had to lick some before she would lick at it. Sometime this morning she seemed to disappear and, despite searching the house, the breezeway and the back yard, I can't locate her (she could not have physically left the property due to doors, fences etc.).

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

I hope by the time you read this you have located Poppy; a loss of appetite may be due to pain from her limb injury. Severe trauma or injury may lead dogs to hide, lose their appetite and to become lethargic; wild animals do the same if they are injured. Once you have found Poppy, it would be best to visit an Emergency Veterinarian if your local Veterinarian is closed on Sundays so that you may get a diagnosis and more importantly some pain management for her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Poppy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zeyda
German Sheppard mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
not drinking as much water

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Throid medication
Galliprant

My dog is a 10 year old German shepard mix. I am training to be a vet and my current vet seems to know nothing. He is supposed to eat three cans of wet food and he can barely get down a half. This has been going on for 3-4 weeks? The vet has taken ultrasound and x-rays, and "saw nothing of concern" if it was a bladder or kidney issue it would have shown up on ultrasound and if it was an infection or phenomia it would have been on the x-ray so I just don't understand how you find nothing. he has no visable tumors and his gums are not abnormally pale. He doesn't seem to be in a great deal of pain but this is defineity not enough food for him and if he doesn't start to eat now he won't last long. We have tried/are trying treats, raw, wet, kibble and many other and i'm not sure what else to give him. He wll eat some of it and then walk away and not come back for more.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are a few different causes for a loss of appetite including the usual suspects that your Veterinarian ruled out as well as side effects of medication: if Zeyda isn’t receiving enough levothyroxine (if he suffers from hypothyroidism), this may lead to a reduced appetite; also galliprant may cause a reduction in appetite when used (check the prescribing information in the link below). Both x-ray and ultrasound should have detected structural anomalies, tumours, obstructions, stones etc… during the examination; you could get some copies and reach out to your University to ask for them to go over them for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.elanco.us/galliprant/pdf/galliprantpi.pdf

Add a comment to Zeyda's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bo
Yorkie
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

not playing
Not drinking
Loss of energy
Loss of Appetite

My yorkie hasn't eaten in 2 days . We usually feed him the Cesar classics and he woofs them down but he won't eat human food , dry food or wet . He also won't drink his water unless it's on your fingers . He's been dry heaving the past two days because he has nothing to throw up . He'll smell the food then walk away or lay there . He used to be very energetic and playful but all he does is lay around . He recently got backed up , wondering if that has to do with anything ?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Possible causes for a loss of appetite are dental problems (look inside Bo’s mouth for any anomalies), foreign bodies, parasites, other obstructions etc… Try to encourage him to eat with some plain boiled chicken and rice; if you are unable to get him to eat a visit to your Veterinarian for a checkup would be best and an x-ray may show an obstruction or other problem in the gastrointestinal tract. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fred
12
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite

Fred hasn't eaten his regular dog food today. His last meal was 24 hours ago. He does have an appetite for snacks and his daily greenies. He is adjusting to an earlier eating schedule since his primary owner has been away the last 3 weeks. Shall i make an appt to see a vet?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Dogs may miss a few meals as do people. Sometimes missing a meal is normal or it may be the first sign of something more serious. Environmental and dietary changes are both precursors to a reduced appetite; however, if he has been eating well in the last three weeks it is likely that isn’t the problem.

Fred’s age means that he will be more susceptible to conditions that may start to present as lack of appetite. Since he is still eating treats, I would suggest emptying his food bowl and washing and drying it before putting fresh food inside in case his food was accidently contaminated and he is avoiding it for that reason. If he still hasn’t started to eat, then take him to visit his Veterinarian for a physical examination to ensure that it isn’t the start of something more serious. Regards, Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog he is a pug and he is very skinny. He ate today a cup of his dog food but he vomited it out later. I tried to give him food to see if he would eat it and he ate a hotdog with no bun. He drinks a lot of water but vomits his water and food. I read up on these symptoms and it said that it could cause cancer. I am really scared please help.

@Lissinetp may he/she is contaminated by Parvo (parvorious) !! You should contact the vet immediately otherwise it won't last long after 2 -3 days!! Injections must be Given !!

I found a dog who has been stuck for 2 days straight without food and water. He looks very sad and is refusing to eat. He is also pooping blood. I tried feeding him & he is refusing to eat. Please, help me. I really want to help this dog and not take him to a hospital.

My pet shy tzu has not eaten for days & the veterinarian has changed nfirmer that he is not sick. What should I do?

My dog was dry coughing and we took her in. They didn't find anything. But now she is not eating and is becoming very lathergic. She is getting thin. She is 9 tears old and going on 10. What can I do to help her?

My morkie seems to have problem with her bowels. Her bowels are sticking to the HAIR. What does this mean

Hey my dog does not eat anything neither milk nor his food. He only drinks water unusually like drinking huge amount of water many times and his body is little bit tight from lower part. Please tell me sir what I should do to recover him. Please Please Please Please Please PleasePlease Please Please

Hi, my dog started in Nov. With what we assumed was a bug and a small case of hook worms. She had 3 different blood panels done, organs are fine and stayed 3 days for fluid. She seemed to be getting better but the last couple of days

Hi my dog is terrier canine shes 9y/o.she lost her appetite a week from now,i bring her to the vet and admited for 1day,her laboratory test of sgpt is 113.3 the vet gives her rx.of liv.52 supplement, prednisone and pet herbal multi vit.raffavit..until now she dont want to eat..i mean she wants to eat but she can't..i there posible to survive my dog?im trying to force feed her but she refuse. She only take dextrose powder mix in water...please give me some advice..thanks

It is helpful to dog oweners

Add a comment to Fred's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Yannah
Shih Tzu
9 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Fever
Swollen Abdomen

`My pup has a case of Pseudo pregnancy, and for the past 4 days she seems to lose interest over her food, she tends to become very choosy and sometimes she doesn't even want to get near her food. What can i do to help her regain her appetite? and is there any dog food available in the market that might actually stimulate her appetite?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Firstly we need to establish that the swollen abdomen is due to pseudopregnancy; signs of pseudopregnancy are distended abdomen, swollen mammary glands, brown secretion from the nipples, depression, behavioural changes (nesting), gastrointestinal signs and the loss of appetite that we know. The loss of appetite may be transient and connected to the pseudopregnancy or may be due to a different condition (retained teeth, foreign body etc…). I would try feeding Yannah a different food, so if she eats dry kibbles try her on a little wet food to see if the smell and taste is appetizing for her. If she still refuses to eat, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check Yannah for other signs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Yannah's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Journey
Pit bull
10-12 weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss Of Appetite loss of playing

My puppy got into the trash for the 1st time with my other dog 2 days ago. My older dog is very small and is fine. My puppy is 10-12 weeks old, and ate yesterday morning, but wasn't herself. She threw up her all her food she did eat and then has continued to throw up throughout the day. She laid around all day. She wanted to show interest in playing but just couldn't. Now today she has been awake but wont touch the food. She has drank a little water. but the a few minutes ago puked up like stomach acid. I just need to know what to do to help her feel better?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
From your description it sounds like Journey may have an obstruction which is causing her pain and to vomit; if this is the case, there is nothing effective or safe to give from home and you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and an x-ray to look for any obstructions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Journey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rufus
Chow/Germany shepard
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating and vomitting. Losint.

Medication Used

none

My dog isnt eating and is throwing up everyday. The vomit smells like fecal. He has lost about 20 pounds. Have taken him to the vet. All his blood work came back ok.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Vomit which smells like faeces may be due to an obstruction in the small intestine or to eating faeces of another animal, most commonly cats, especially if you or a neighbour have a litter box laying around. Other possible causes may be severe gastroenteritis or pancreatitis; an x-ray would rule out a foreign body and testing for toxoplasmosis and other disease would rule out the cat faeces theory. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He is a inside dog and we live in the counrty. We have no neighbors. I bought him a raw hide bone about a month ago. Could that be it?

Add a comment to Rufus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Oskar
mini schnauzer
9 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not eating well
small amounts of blood in stool
Diarrhea, lethargy

My dog has been acting "strange". Hes a mini schnauzer usually with a ton of energy. The last 2 days he has been very lethargic, some bursts of energy but overall not the same. He usually eats first thing in the morning and would eat all day if he could. Lately since about Friday isn't eating as much and now he is constipated, only defecating runny small amounts after minutes of straining. Some blood in stool but not a lot. He did eat soft food earlier and he is drinking and peeing with no problems.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Loss of appetite, lethargy and runny bloody stool may be caused by foreign bodies, obstruction, poisoning, parasites or tumours. You could try feeding pure canned pumpkin to see if that help move along the bowels. If the problem persists, you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Oskar's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Matilda
Morky
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Weakness
Lethargy

My morkie is nearly 9 years old. I noticed blood in her urine and lethargic, I rushed her to the vet and started her on antibiotics, at the vet I learned her teeth were in horrible condition, she only drinks when I offer her water and turns her nose up at any kind of food. I've been feeding her puréed chicken & rice via syringe which she isn't crazy about but I get it in. Will be addressing the teeth issue asap but wondering if that is also the reason for her lethargy or would Lyme disease cause a loss of appetite.

Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/loss-of-appetite

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many causes of a loss of appetite and lethargy, the lethargy is probably linked to a reduction in food intake; causes for a loss of appetite included infections, foreign bodies, tumours, hormonal conditions, medicine side effects, poor tasting food or spoiled food. Given Matilda’s dental issues, dental pain maybe a cause of a lack of appetite; try changing her food to something different to try and encourage her to eat. Getting the dental work done as soon as possible and switching food to encourage appetite is important. Lyme disease is one possible infection, but there are many other more probable causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Matilda's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Suzu
Chow mix
Fifteen Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite

Medication Used

Levothyroxine, fluoxetine, medication for cushings

I took my dog into the vet both for her regular exam and bc she has had decreased appetite lately. (Went two days with no food but would still eat treats and s little chicken.). Entire blood panel came back normal. She isnt eating again today and continues to be lethargic although she will still go out and walk with me twice a day. What types of medical issues could be causing her inappentance that would not show up in bloodwork?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many causes for a loss of appetite in dogs especially as they age. Causes which may not show on a blood panel result are obstructions, foreign bodies, palatability of food (possibly her regular food may be spoiled), dental issues, underlying condition (hypothyroidism) or side effects of medication (fluoxetine side effects include loss of appetite). These are just a snapshot of possible problems, try changing her food or open a new batch to see if that changes anything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks Dr Turner. Our regular vet did an abdominal ultrasound today and they didn't find anything. I did get her to eat chicken and rice so maybe it is just her food. I appreciate your feedback.

Add a comment to Suzu's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dixie
Red heeler
11 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Lethargy
Loss of appetite
Vomiting

Dixie was diagnosed with Cushings Disease last year. We discontinued use of the medication prescribed because of the side effects, the most disturbing being frequent trembling (tremors). We started her on a natural diet high in protein and vegetables we had seen recommended for Cushings (chicken, eggs, spinach, pumpkin, carrots, etc) About a month ago, she began to be less and less interested in any sort of food,even treats. She went from being a voracious eater to refusing to eat. Currently, she may eat a bite or two with some coaxing. Although she is not constantly at the water bowl, when she does drink we have to stop her or she just vomits it back up. Consequently she has lost quite a bit of weight and muscle mass. She does not lose her urine or bowels, thankfully, and despite her weakness, is very alert.
My vet has not been helpful :( He feels that it is just old age.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

One of the side effects of a commonly prescribed treatment for Cushing’s Disease is shaking or tremors; whilst the tremors may be disturbing, if they are not causing trouble for Dixie, it would have been best to stay on the medication. Switching to a homemade diet can cause some nutrients in the diet not to be accounted for and Dixie may be missing out; I would move her over to a complete diet (in wet form) mixed with some water that you can syringe into her mouth so that she can lick it and swallow it easily. Loss of appetite may be caused by a variety of reasons and at Dixie’s age you have to look at her teeth, if there are bad teeth it may be painful to eat. Otherwise, visit another Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Took her Wednesday to see a new vet. X-rays clearly showed that she had three large abdominal masses, likely liver cancer per the elevated liver blood work results. Sadly, it was too advanced for treatment or surgery. We let her go yesterday. :(

Add a comment to Dixie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Aj
Shih tzu
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Help me

Hi. My shih tzu dog won't eat. She's not eating for more than 24hours now. She's just 1 year old. She won't even try to eat. Fortunately she's drinking water with a little sugar. I tried to give her milk last night and she drank it. Then now, in the morning, I tried to give her milk again because she's still not eating but she also refused the milk. What do I need to do? I checked her gums, it's pale pink in color, not the usual color for her I think. She's so "tired" and pale. She won't even stand up when you call her. She will just look at you and won't move at all. Her poop is normal fortunately. And she's vomittig because of not eating. Her vomit is just water with some "yellowish acidic bubbles" because of her not eating. Please help me. Thank you.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many possible causes for AJ to have a loss of appetite including infections, intestinal obstruction (foreign bodies, parasites etc…), poisoning, hormonal disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, tumour and many other causes. But if you are noticing pale gums, this could indicate anemia which could be due to infections, parasites, poisoning, liver or kidney disease (as well as other causes). I would strongly encourage you to visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible since if there is anemia, this isn’t something to take care of at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I already visited a vet. And she's fine now. Thank you so much, Vetary! 🐶🐶

Add a comment to Aj's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dexter
English Pointer
19 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not wanting to eat
Eats very very small amounts
Weight Loss

My pointer won't eat. He has been eating less and less for weeks he has seen our vet who refused to nueter him at the time in case it was a virus. He is booked in to have his op on Sept 6th but he's eating less. He was 25.1kg in June he's now 23.5kg he drinks water as normal. We have tried wet foods dry foods human foods he eats very little of anything you offer I have had the vet check him over he can find nothing obvious as he is still very bouncy and full of it as usual .He is still passing bowel motions about 5 times a day as he always done they are not loose.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Some dogs may be picky eaters and weight loss is always a concern, but more importantly we should be looking at Dexter’s body condition score as this is a better indication of whether Dexter is at a healthy weight or not compared to an average breed weight guideline. A loss of appetite may be caused by medical problems, environmental or behavioural problems; I am sure your Veterinarian has ruled out the obvious causes (infections, hormonal conditions, foreign objects, poisoning etc…). I am unable to think of another course of action apart from possibly having an x-ray to look for any anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.aaha.org/public_documents/professional/guidelines/weightmgmt_bodyconditionscoring.pdf
www.purina.co.uk/dogs/health-and-nutrition/exercise-and-weight-management/dog-body-condition-tool

Add a comment to Dexter's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Browny
Beagle/terrier mix
2 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up
sad
Lethargic
Loss of Appetite

Hello sir,I'm from India.My puppy,browny is actually a very active pup,but suddenly from 2 days she is showing no interest in playing or eating food.We even tried white rice but she shows no interest in eating.She seems to be quiet sad and wants to go to one of the corner of the room or under the furniture and sleep.She is even throwing up since 2 days and also has hiccups.I'm bit confused about this problem.I actually don't know whether this problem is more of a physical sort of thing or emotional one. I also have a doubt that it is depressed because she lost a companion,tommy,it's sibling which died 5 days ago in an accident.Please help us.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It is possible that Browny is grieving for Tommy, dogs can be very emotional; however, loss of appetite may also be caused by dental problems, infections, parasites (when was the last time Browny received an anthelmintic?), foreign bodies (puppies will try to eat everything) or food spoilage (to name a few causes). Try to encourage Browny to eat by getting some wet food and microwaving it slightly (like you would do for baby food) as the temperature would make it more appetising, also diets of boiled chicken and rice may help too. If you have no success, visit your Veterinarian to check over Browny to make sure there is no obstruction or infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I will try the boiled chicke with rice in the morning...thank you.

Add a comment to Browny's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ludo
Dachshund
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

My puppy was gagging earlier in the day but no vomit and you could hear a gurgling noise from her stomach. She has been lethargic all day. She won't eat but she has some energy to run around outside. I haven't notice her pee or poop today.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It is possible that Ludo has some stomach upset which isn’t unusual and may clear itself as fast as it started; gagging may be due to a stray hair or some acid reflux but again it may clear up itself. Young dogs tend to get stomach upset often as they are exposed to new bacteria and viruses; also the consumption of some rubbish or foreign body may also cause some stomach upset. Make sure Ludo is drinking, but if this continues tomorrow visit your Veterinarian for a check over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ludo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bonggo
Miniature German Spitz
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Vitamins

Hi, I started to notice my furbaby's loss of appetite 2 days ago. He seems to have the instinct of wanting to eat but then when the food gets in his mouth, he doesn't seem to want to finish it. Its like, he is trying to eat but is having second thoughts. His responsiveness and energy didn't dwindle, he is still playful and often demands attention. I tried to serve him recovery food, it smells so good, but still, he takes a nip of it then won't finish it off. I tried giving him table food, no onions and whatsoever, just the meat, again, the nip and won't finish it off. However, when I gave him Dentastix, he finished it off. I took him to the vet, they did CBC, everything is normal except for his WBC which is below the normal count, like if the normal is 5-13, he is at 3. Recently, there is just a change in his normal routine, we got a dog walker to walk him and we got a new housemate who will be staying with us for 3 months. Unlike before, when I go to work, he seems to handle himself well alone. I don't know if that can be a factor. Moreover, I also observed that he wants to stud. He always umps on my leg everytime I'm watching TV. Worse, he jumps beside me, takes my hand and wants me to J--k him off. I live in a condo and there are so many dogs in the area. With all these things in my head I don't know what to do. I just fear this is leading to some serious health issues.
BTW, I am sending this message from the Philippines, desperate to find answers.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are various causes of a loss of appetite in dogs which may be due to foreign bodies, other obstructions, infections, hormonal conditions, poisoning, oropharyngeal disorders among other problems; I cannot say really what the cause of the loss of appetite is, but he may have some swallowing difficulty since he starts to eat but doesn’t continue. Ideally a trip to a Veterinarian would be best, but I understand that in the Philippines not every island (out of around 7,000 I think) have cities like Manila or Cebu City with easily accessible Veterinary care; but if no improvement has been seen over the next day or so you should try to find one. As for his desire to mate, it would be advisable to have him neutered by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bonggo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bella
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My 5 year old Lab has had a very low appetite and has been vomiting every morning for the pass week. She has been drinking fine but did throw up the water in the morning twice this week, however, otherwise her normal active self. She will eat at night just not the with the same "speed" or the same amount. She usually eats fast (almost not even chewing) but now slowly chews each piece. She was mated 26 days ago via AI and was treated for kennel cough two to three weeks ago. Is there something I should be doing to help her eat?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Dogs, like humans, can suffer from morning sickness (although this may happen at anytime during the pregnancy) which normally occurs during the third week of pregnancy and resolves spontaneously after a week. As long as Bella is getting enough fluids and is getting enough food for her and the pups, I would just keep a close eye on things for now; but if you notice any other symptoms like fever, vaginal discharge etc… you should visit your Veterinarian for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bella's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Howie
Basset Hound
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Our 10 year old Basset Hound Howie has recently been drinking a lot of water, has lost his appetite and has been vomiting and start peeing in the house. He went the the eye doctor on Friday and has some issues with his eyes which Doctor said is normal for his breed. We have eye drops and cream which we place in his eyes twice a day. This morning his is on top of the other issues seems to be breathing heavy. Any thoughts on what is going on? He does go to the Vet tomorrow but what thought I would ask. Thank you kindly we love him so. Mary

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Dogs may lose their appetite for various reasons, but the breathing difficulty is concerning me; if Howie doesn’t seem to be in any distress I wouldn’t be too concerned, but if he is struggling to breathe I would suggest going to an Emergency Clinic. Side effects of some medications may cause appetite changes among other side effects; check the product information for his drops to see if loss of appetite or breathing difficulties are listed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Howie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Onyx
Chihuahua
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite

My 5 mth old puppy was sick for one day and night then she went off her food for one day now she does eat but less than normal but i noticed she is not drinking

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It may be that Onyx still has a sensitive tummy and may take a day or two to recover fully; not drinking is generally more concerning than eating less, if she is eating wet food she may be getting enough moisture from her food but if not she may start to be dehydrated. Check her gums by pressing them until they turn white and then let go, it should take less than two seconds for the blood to return; if it takes longer visit your Veterinarian. You could try feeding some wet food mixed with some water to help get her water. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Onyx's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sally
Malti-Poo
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My 10 year old maltese poodle was constipated and didn't poop for about 6 days, was throwing up, barely eating anything and extremely lethargic. I took her to the vet yesterday, and she had an enema under anesthesia along with an endoscopy and an x-ray, both of which came up clear. I brought her home last night and she still isn't 100% back to her usual self. I've tried to give her food today but she pushes the bowl around and refuses to eat, but is drinking plenty of water. She hasn't pooped since she came home, and is taking her prescribed anti-nausea medication. When can I expect her to regain her appetite and have normal bowel movements again?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It is normal for a dog not to defecate after having an enema and may take a day or so (or longer if not eating to defecate again); it is hard to say what may be causing a loss of appetite, especially when x-rays and other tests have come up empty. The usual causes for a loss of appetite are foreign objects, other obstructions, pain, hormonal conditions, among other conditions. I would try feeding different brands of wet food and try to warm up the food (like you would for a baby) to try to make it more appetising. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sally's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Vicki
Boerboel
6months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Hi...I Have a 6ix month old Boerboel and recently it hasn't been eating,although it tried to eat and whenever it does, it throws up and the urine is very yellowish , it's trying it's best to be as active as it can but it doesn't have strength

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are are a few different causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include intestinal obstruction, other foreign bodies, infection, food sensitivity among many other disorders. Try changing the food to a sensitive diet and give small regular portions to ensure that the stomach isn’t empty; famotidine may help reduce acid in the stomach and may be given at 0.25mg/lb twice per day. Ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Vicki's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Burley
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Dazed

I have a dog is that a mix Chiweenie about 7 or 8 years of age and he has lost his appetite, refuses to come out of his crate, shakes, behaves as if he is frightened, refuses to go until taken outside with the other dogs. He is behaving as if he has been traumatized. What could this possibly be? He and his brother have never been house broken for a variety of reasons and were crated beginning last November. It was a constant mess to clean up while visiting a friend. They have no manners.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Thank you for your question. This could be a behavioural problem or may be caused by some clinical disease. If Burley has spent a lifetime of free-reign around the house and then was confined for a number of hours per day suddenly, it may have had a negative impact on his metal health; the main causes of lack of appetite (for non-medical reasons) are stress, change of environment and change of routine. Alternatively, this could be a sign of chronic illness which is manifesting in lack of appetite, lack of social engagement etc… This could be caused by an infection, auto-immune disease, cancer, hormone imbalance or systemic disease (liver, kidney, heart). A visit to your local Veterinarian will allow him to complete a physical examination as well as carrying out some tests to determine the origin of the change in behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Burley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Harley
Labahoula
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Weight Loss
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

My dog has lost a lot of weight in the last few months. We took him to the vet and they did blood work and said everything looked fine. He was eating fine but the last few weeks we noticed a decrease in eating and drinking and was vomiting the little food he was eating and was still losing weight. We took him back to the vet and they did more intense blood work and said his white blood cells were a little low and also did a X-ray and said everything looked good beside they seen something blurry behind his stomach but can’t tell what it is they we could have a ultrasound but before we do that they put him on a antibiotic and a pill to make him have an appetite. He ate good the first day but after that he hasn’t ate much and is still throwing up and it’s been 7 days on the medicine and now we noticed his poop is black and tar looking and we don’t know what do to, and we don’t want him to suffer or have any pain. Harley is a 13 year old lab

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
The black tarry stool is concerning as this would indicate a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract; I would certainly recommend returning to your Veterinarian for an ultrasound and possibly exploratory surgery to determine what was seen on the x-ray. In order to help his appetite, you could try feeding a different food, try a wet food which is slightly warmed in the microwave like you would do for a baby. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Harley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kevin
Golden Retreiver
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Teeth fall, blackish stools .

My pup is 4 months old golden retriever . He had a fever about 4 days ago and he completely stopped eating.his teeth began to fall out 2 days ago.the vet told me he has anemia and there is something wrong with his liver. He doesn't drink fluids other than water with some electrolytes added. His faeces are blackish and sticky.I'm really worried because he won't even try to drink some broth. Will he be okay?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It sounds like Kevin has a gastrointestinal bleed which would explain the black tarry faeces and possibly the anaemia; it is important for your Veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the anaemia to see if it is a decrease in production of red blood cell, an increase in destruction or due to blood loss (like in the faeces). Unless the underlying cause of the anaemia can be determined and treated, the prognosis is poor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Kevin's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Vader
Shih-Tzu
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia

My dog hasn't eaten for 2 days but he did drink a little water with added electrolytes in it. He also vomits a white phlegmy substance from time to time. He looks very weak and just lies down a lot. We tried warming his food to stimulate his appetite, we also tried hand/spoon feeding him but no luck so far. Do you think he has Anorexia? Should we take him to a vet immediately ?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Anorexia is not like in humans, a reluctance to eat is more of a medical issue than a behavioural one; a loss of appetite may be caused by a few different causes including dental problems (more common than people think - check his mouth), foreign objects, hormonal conditions, obstructions, abdominal pain among other conditions. If you are struggling to get him to drink, I would recommend you take him into your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Vader's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bobby
West highland terrier
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Hi, I have a West Highland Terrier who is normally in good health but occasionally he gets an upset tummy (off food, eating grass etc). I know that Westies are susceptible to tummy problems but he has now been on and off food for around a week. Sometimes he will eat, sometimes not. He did have diarrhea a few days ago but that seems to have cleared although his faeces is a little soft and yellowish in colour. I haven't changed his food and he only seems to want to eat once a day. Earlier in the week his stomach was making gurgling noises (this is usual for him when he is off his food) but that has stopped now. He is wormed every 3 months and I use advocate on him monthly. I don't want to take him to the vets if it's just his usual sensitive tummy but this bout has lasted longer than usual. What do you suggest? Thank you

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
The yellow faeces may be something to be concerned with and may indicate liver issues; when Bobby is having his stomach episodes you should try to feed a bland diet of chicken and rice so that his stomach isn’t irritated. It may be that he is just having a longer than normal tummy problem which will resolve itself with time; if the issue continues or you are concerned you should check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Bobby's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bubbly
Crossbrees maltis/shitsu
7 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sound in stomach/Vomit/diarrhea

Medication Used

Metronidazole/ doxyclycline

Hi Doc, good day, Im from Phils., i have a dog, Bubbly, crossbreed shitsu and maltis, 7 years old. I always notice that he always has problem in his stomach everytime he has no bath for 4 days. He vomits and then his stool has blood. However, everytime, i bring him to the vet and do lab tests, they cant see any problem. one vet recommended metronidazole 125/5ml, the other vet recommended doxycycline 100 mg tablet, but it heals my dog. Today, i gave her metronidazole, and no more vomitting and diarrhea, however, she did not want to eat, but i only giving her water with mondex. Is it still ok if she still doesnt want to eat. She skipped 2 meals. And also for your info, i started to give her dog food instead of her usual meal, rice and viand because i think she already have very poor digestion. Kindly advice. Thank you

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It is normal for a dog to be off their food after vomiting and some stomach upset; it seems a strange correlation between bathing and vomiting. I would look into do a faecal test for parasites and think about some more long term treatment after checking for other pathogens in the faeces and on the skin. This is made more strange by the normal test results which would normally indicate infections or other issues (liver, kidney etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Dr. Callum,

Good day, Thank you for your reply and time , hope to hear again from you. This morning she already ate chicken liver and small amount of dog food.


Best regards,

Mrs. Petrola

Add a comment to Bubbly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mona
Terrier mix chihuahua
1 Year
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Heavy Breathing
Loss of Appetite

Mona, my terrier mix, has always had a great appetite and is not a picky eater. Just yesterday she began to throw up clear yellow liquid and has not eaten anything in 24 hours, and does not want to drink water either. I'm really getting worried because she doesn't even want to go outside at all and that's not her at all

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

It is possible that she has a tummy bug which is causing the loss of appetite and vomit; these infections may pass on their own but in the meantime it would be best to keep her hydrated and offer her boiled chicken and rice to encourage her to eat. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a quick examination to make sure it isn’t something more sinister (like an obstruction or tumour). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Mona's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Duke
miniature poodle
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Loss of Appetite
Coughing

Medication Used

fortekor
Rilexine
Furosemide
Vetmedin
Tolfedine

Hi my 12 year old miniature poodle has CHF and he takes Vetmedin, Fortekor and Furosemide since he coughs. 3 days ago he just was very lethargic and didn't eat for a whole day. Also he suddenly seemed to stop coughing. So I took him to my vet and he said he has a throat infection and fever. So he gave me antibiotics & paracetamol (obviously for dogs). He's still taking Vetmedin, Fortekor and Furosemide since he starting coughing again yesterday. But he still hasn't eaten a thing! He drinks water every now and then, when I urge him to but other than that, he just lies down. Not interested in anything else.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Once a dogs has started displaying symptoms of congestive heart failure, medications like VetMedin (pimobendan), Fortekor (benazepril) and Lasix (furosemide) shouldn’t be stopped unless under the direction of your Veterinarian. A loss of appetite may be caused by a few different causes including pain whilst swallowing, dental disorders, side effects of medications among other causes; you should try to encourage eating by changing to a different food (wet) and try to heat up the food slightly (like you would heat up baby food) to make it more appetizing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for your quick reply Dr. Turner. I haven't stopped the VetMedin, Fortekor or Lasix. The vet prescribed Rilexine antibiotics and Tolfedine. He has been taking these medicines for 3 days now, however he hasn't eaten anything or made any improvement. Tried various kinds of food (wet also) and heated milk, etc, but to no avail. I'm worried since he's only taking lots of medicine/pills and little water.

Add a comment to Duke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Duke
miniature poodle
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

congestive heart failure
Lethargy
Loss of apetite
Coughing

Medication Used

fortekor
Furosemide
Rilexine
Vetmedin
Tolfedine

Thanks for your quick reply Dr. Turner. I haven't stopped the VetMedin, Fortekor or Lasix. The vet prescribed Rilexine antibiotics and Tolfedine. He has been taking these medicines for 3 days now, however he hasn't eaten anything or made any improvement. Tried various kinds of food (wet also) and heated milk, etc, but to no avail. I'm worried since he's only taking lots of medicine/pills and little water.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
The Rilexine (cephalexin) and tolfedine are antibiotic and antiinflammatory respectively and are commonly used for a variety of infections; whilst it is important for Duke to remain hydrated and to eat, hydration is more important than eating in the short term. If you want to get Duke eating a little, another little trick is to get some smooth wet food and mix it with water; using a syringe put a millilitre at a time in his mouth which should get lapped up. If Duke isn’t consuming enough water, he may require fluid therapy from your Veterinarian if he gets dehydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks a lot again for your quick reply and advice.

Add a comment to Duke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Xander
Pit bull
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

recently my dog has been experiencing major shedding hair loss and loss of appetite is it because of the change of environment moving to a new house if you want to go plus the fact that I'm gone quite a bit but I do come back and pop in during

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
A loss of appetite and hair loss may be attributable to stress, especially if Xander is left alone in a strange environment for a long period of time; also if he grew up in your old home from puppyhood this can be very stressful for him. Without examining Xander, I cannot say whether he has any specific medical issue or not or anything to suggest for treatment; spending time with him and comforting him may help (but may not be practical). Keep an eye on him and try to offer him different appetising foods to encourage him to eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Xander's experience

Was this experience helpful?

copper
Dog
1 Year
Mild
Has Symptoms
Poor Appetite
my dog coper is not eating any more he shows no interest in food but will drink water , he is on a new kibble but he has never had issues of being picky in the past, he shows interest in treats and he seems to still be pretty active with other dogs. any advice?
Tillie
Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Balance
I have a 13-year-old Australian Shepherd. She is diabetic and takes insulin twice daily. She also has severe arthritis in her hips, and I have just recently started her on Adequan injections (loading phase). She is already showing signs of improvement in her mobility. However, she has not wanted to eat her regular meals for over a month. She will eat treats fairly readily. She will eat her meals only if my husband and I feed her with a spoon! Even then, I sometimes have to break her meal into two or more "sittings". She will just walk away when she's had enough. She was losing weight but with hand-feeding, she has actually gained some back. My vet palpated her abdomen and did not feel anything suspicious such as a tumor or blockage. Tillie does have bad teeth which have required cleanings every 6 months, but she has had one in over a year. I should also mention that she had surgery to remove a lung tumor a year ago, but there is no sign that it has regrown.
Darvi
German Shepherd
11 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Balance
my 11 yr old GSD had emergency surgery, Bloat and her stomach turned so they had to attach to her rib cage. It's been 5 days since surgery and she will only eat if I hand feed her she is not interested in her food, she was a great eater before this
bogus
Dog
4 Months
Mild
Has Symptoms
Poor Appetite
loss appetite for two days what should we do ?
Kyzha
Dog
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
Weakness
Loss Of Balance
My dog Kyzha is not eating the whole day, we're giving her food but she has no desire to eat. She is also very weak. Last night, she vomitted after eating her dinner. It's very alarming because she is naturally energetic and gluttonous. This morning, she was injected with antibiotics, but still has no appetite and energy. What will I do? I am worried. I need your help. Thank you so much.
Kyzha
Dog
5 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Vomitting
Poor Appetite
Weakness
My dog Kyzha is not eating the whole day, we're giving her food but she has no desire to eat. She is also very weak. Last night, she vomitted after eating her dinner. It's very alarming because she is naturally energetic and gluttonous. This morning, she was injected with antibiotics, but still has no appetite and energy. What will I do? I am worried. I need your help. Thank you so much.
Ikki
Japanese Spitz
6 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Inappetant
My dog is 6 months going on 7 and has been behaving weirdly towards food. He has always been a ferocious eater but for the last 4-5 days his behavior towards food has been erratic. I feed him very high quality dry dog food. On the first day he ate all 3 meals but left a few kibbles each time, which is weird. On the second day he did not eat at all. On the third day, after much convincing and petting I got him to eat 3 small meals. Yesterday he ate one regular meal and refused the other 2. Today, after much convincing, he ate 1 entire meal and I'm waiting to see what happens tonight. Could this be puberty setting in? He also had 3 encounters with a bitch on heat at the park right at the beggining of his symptons and she happens to live across the street. Should i be worried? Thanks!
April
Great Dane
13 Months
Serious
Has Symptoms
Drinking Lots Of Water
Tired
Pale Gums
Vomiting
My dog is not eating like normal, she was in heat when she started loosing appetite. I bring her to the vet and the doctor said their is nothing wring with her and just give a antibiotics and vitamin B complex. Now it has been 3 weeks my dog appetite is still not back and she is loosing weight and become very skinny
Conor
Mixed
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Appetite
My puppy eats less, 2days after vaccination and deworming. Im kind of worried.. What should i do? Hes appetite is down, and eats very little.
Yoda
Chihuahua
10 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Shaking
Separation Anxiety
Poor Appetite
My dog Yoda won't eat her dog food. She is extremely skinny. We tried almost everything to get her to eat but she won't eat. We feed her scraps and she won't really eat them. What should I do?
Krish
Dog
7 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Lose Of Appetite
Hello sir I m from India , my dog Krish is of 7 year old he is not eating since 8 days but no vomating and no dirriea . we are giving him treatment is as -follows-- cefotaxime sodium injection 500 mg , pantaprazole injection 20 mg , tribivet (multi vitamin) 1 ml , meloxicam 1 ml , ondanestron injection 1 ml and 200ml dns. This treatment is giving in 2 times a day . And report are as follows --. pc - 2.57 , Bun - 8.4, serum creatinine -0.8 , sgpt - 18 , sgpt - 12 , alkaline phosphatase - 221 , hemoglobin - 13 , rbc - 4770000 m/mm3 , wbc - 41700 /mm3 , neutrophils: myelo- 79 % , lymphocytes - 18 , monocytes - 03 , eosinophils - 00 , basophils - 00 , and negative for any blood parasite. Plz reply what is the problem what we can do for that.
Pocahontas
American Bulldog
2 Years
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Appetite
Lethargic
Bile Juice In Vomitings
my bulldog hasn't been eating/shows no desire in food at her original dinner time , but she often shows signs of desire to eat around the mid day. she throws up maybe 2x a week during dinner time now but use to throw up everyday. she has also been very slow but i take her on walks and she becomes more energetic? p.s. this started after we started giving her her shots for parasitic worms, ( could this have been a reason for why shes acting like this?) is there anything else i can do?