Your assessment results for:

Not Eating (Inappetance)

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog and feed them a bland, easily digestible diet

  • Monitor your dog carefully. Contact your family veterinary practice right away if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Vomiting
    • Severe lethargy
    • Increased thirst
    • If your dog refuses to eat for a second day.
  • Feed your dog a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice – dogs will often find this more enticing than their regular diet and it’ll be easy on their stomach.


Why it’s medium priority

Inappetence that lasts less than a day with no other symptoms may resolve on its own

  • Inappetence is a fairly non-specific symptom and has a variety of causes that varies in severity.
  • Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, it does not appear your dog requires immediate veterinary attention. It may resolve on its own with some rest and home management. They may have a mild illness or simply got bored with their food.


Home care tips

Try some feeding management strategies

  • If it’s an issue with food – there’s some management tips you can try. For example, you can have set meal times (and remove the food after a set duration of time) to let them know they don’t always have access to food.
  • Sometimes dogs may also not eat because they want you to give them something else. You can switch the food or wait them out.


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