I've been losing my appetite cause I don't feel so good.
First, Do a Quick Health CheckWhen we observe a gradual or sudden decrease in interest in food and a general loss of appetite, it’s time to visit the vet. There are countless illnesses that list loss of appetite as a symptom. Some of them come on strong, while others can change behaviors over time. It’s especially important that we look for other symptoms that may increase the likelihood that there is something medical going on. For example, What are their stools like? Are they too skinny? Are they lethargic? Gradual or sudden, loss of appetite or absence of appetite - checking in with the vet to make sure the cause isn’t something unseen, is the best first course of action.
Even if my snacks are dog-safe, I may lose my appetite and miss out on vital nutrients because I' not eating a balanced diet.
Are There Other Food Sources?This can be one of the most common culprits. Dogs can catch the scraps we “accidentally” drop in the direction of our pups while at the dinner table. They can get into the trash without guardians being completely aware. They may be getting snacks from neighbors or schoolchildren through (or over) the fence. Does Fido ‘critter?’ If we notice a decrease in the squirrel population, it might be that our little hunter is gett her food elsewhere. Possible solutions. WCheck with neighbors and look for scraps near the fence. STOP feeding him table scraps. hen asking, "Why isn't my dog hungry?" we often forget just how many snacks we give them. It can seem like a little, but that stuff adds up without guardians realizing we are giving them so much. Check stools and the yard for tell-tale remains. Put a nose-proof lid on the trash. If all of these are in place, it’s likely there’s a different culprit for the food diss.
I need to watch my waistline because I wanna look good for the family portrait. So, I've been eating a little less. ;)
Maybe It’s The Amount of Food?Commercial dog food manufacturers are part of a large business with a bottom line to manage. That doesn’t mean they can’t be trusted, but they do have competing priorities when it comes to the health of our dogs. That means we need to check, double check, and fact-check the recommendations on dog food packaging. One thing to check is the recommended serving size. Manufacturers recommend an amount for the average dog. And most veterinarians will verify that the recommended serving is inflated to help cycle people through more bags of dog food over the life of their dog. Possible Solutions? Double check whether the indicated serving size is over-inflated or just generalized to fit their version of the ‘average’ dog. Ask a trusted dog nutritionist and the vet about the proper serving size for the breed, age, and activity level of the family fur-baby. Some vets and nutritionists will even have a food scoop that will measure the best food serving - better than the one provided in the bag of food. Sometimes our pups can be self-regulating, which is unusual, but does answer the question, "Why isn't my dog hungry?"
There are SO many dog food varieties out there and THIS is my only choice?