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When should I see a vet about my dog’s decreased appetite?

If your dog’s decreased appetite is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it’s a sign of a potential illness and you should contact your veterinarian immediately:

Dogs who are not eating and drinking can quickly become dehydrated, and they may require intravenous fluids during the time it takes to properly assess them and receive the results from lab work.

This is especially true in pets who have a known medical condition such as liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. In otherwise healthy dogs, try offering a treat or home cooked food such as chicken and rice to tempt them if your pet is refusing a meal. If a dog is skipping more than one meal, contact your veterinarian

Pro Tip: If your dog has other symptoms in addition to eating less, it’s a sign of a more serious issue (rather than a behavioral one, such as dietary boredom) and will need veterinary attention.

Preventative measures for a healthy diet

Regular annual or bi-annual check ups with your veterinarian are important to your dog’s health. Staying up to date with recommended preventative care will keep your dog in good physical condition.

Annual lab work allows for the assessment and monitoring of chronic conditions, which may require lifestyle changes, special diets, or medications. By properly managing any conditions your dog may have, you will be able to ensure they are eating appropriately and know what signs to look out for should this change.

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