Some dogs salivate over just the thought of food and will gobble it down immediately. Sometimes they eat so fast you wonder if they remembered to breathe while eating. That’s the way it is for one of my boys and I feel like he’s just inhaling his food.
However some dogs can be a bit pickier about what they eat, just like some humans. That’s my other two boys. Sometimes you put down the food bowl and they just look at you as if to say “Really? Come on, I know there has to be something better than this available today.” They eventually eat, at least some of their meal, but you are left knowing they want something else and if you give them a treat they typically have no problem eating that.
Some dogs may go back and forth between the two but sometimes your dog may stop eating and this could be a problem.
I know that with my two picky eaters if they miss a meal here or there I am not overly concerned as sometimes they just are not hungry and don’t seem to be so focused on food. However if they skip more than one meal in a row I really start to pay attention so see if anything might be wrong and if we need to take a visit to the vet.
Fortunately they have never skipped more than two meals at this point and are pretty much always more than happy to take their treats (they like those more than their meals most days anyway – I guess that’s why they are called treats).
Skipping a meal or two could just be the result of not being hungry or some stress that may have caused them to lose interest in food. However, if lack of appetite is prolonged it could be the sign of a serious problem. Most “minor” issues such as stress or an upset stomach is often resolved in a day or two. However, if more than 48 hours goes by and your dog is still refusing to eat you should take them to the vet as soon as possible to make sure the issue is not caused by something more serious.
Symptoms that your dog is not eating enough
Your dog may skip some meals but it’s possible that they are doing some eating yet are not eating enough. Some signs that your dog may have lost their appetite and is not eating enough include:
- Refusing to eat any food at all
- Eating less than usual
- Trying to eat but not finishing meals
- Not eating treats
- Loss of weight
You should watch your dog’s eating habits and pay attention if there are any changes such as a change in the amount they eat or a change in their enthusiasm for their food. Keep an eye on them and if their appetite comes back all is well however, if it does not you should visit the vet.
The main reasons for a loss of appetite in dogs
If your dog has not been eating properly for a few days you should take them to the vet before you try any type of appetite stimulant. There are some serious conditions that can cause this problem and they will need to be evaluated by your vet to ensure there are not any serious underlying conditions involved. Some common issues your dog may not be eating include:
Minor Reasons your dog may not be eating
- Your buddy is a picky eater
- Some change in the routine has upset them
- Upset stomach
- They ate something inappropriate (One of my boys sometimes gets a bit aggressive when he’s chewing on his toys and sometimes ends up with a bit more than he bargained for in his belly which may cause him to miss a meal here and there)
Major Reasons your dog may not be eating
- Dog favors human food
- Excessive stress
- Digestive issues
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Intestinal Worms
- Renal failure
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
How CBD Oil can help your dog’s appetite
CBD Oil can help your dog’s lack of appetite in a number of ways. The digestive system contains cannabinoid receptors just like the rest of the body and therefore CBD can have a direct effect on digestive disorders. Additionally CBD can help with anxiety which is a common reason that dogs lose their appetite. Below are a few of the ways that CBD can help a dog that is not eating.
- CBD can help regulate appetite hormones: The Hypothalamus part of the brain regulates the production of leptin, which stimulates appetite, and ghrelin, which stimulates satiety. CBD works to interact with the receptors in the Hypothalamus part of the brain to help bring the feelings of hunger and satiety back to normal levels.
- CBD can relieve nausea: Studies have shown that CBD indirectly activates a neurotransmitter in the body that works to suppress the feeling of nausea. CBD’s ability to help relieve nausea has been known for some time and it is the reason that some people undergoing chemotherapy use CBD.
- CBD can help reduce inflammation: An inflamed bowel can lead to a loss of appetite for your furry friend and CBD is considered a potent anti-inflammatory. The CBD can help reduce the inflammation which will in turn make your dog more comfortable and should therefore improve your pup’s appetite.
- CBD can help with pain: Just as humans can have a loss of appetite due to pain levels so can dogs. In fact for one of my dogs if he does not eat I try to pay attention to see if he might be having some pain issues (he’s 12 with arthritis and had surgery for a torn ACL when he was older so he sometimes has some pain management issues). CBD is a natural pain reliever as CBD helps in controlling pain by inhibiting the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
- CBD can help reduce anxiety: Anxiety from something like a change in routine or moving can be a common cause for your dog to loss their appetite (I know that for my boys it is common for them to eat a little less when someone in the house goes out of town for a few days. It can take a day or two (depending on the dog and the person that left) for their appetite to return to normal). It can also be general anxiety that leads to the loss of appetite. Recent studies have concluded the CBD can be useful for treating anxiety, PTSD and depression. As a result this may help with their appetite as well.
Please make sure to visit your vet to ensure your baby is not suffering from something more serious but if the loss of appetite is a more minor issue CBD Oil may be the answer.
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