There’s no doubt about it – dogs love to eat, and they’re usually not particular when it comes to their choice of cuisine. Because dogs are generally so eager to eat anything and everything in sight, when a dog starts to unexpectedly lose her appetite, it can be very concerning. However, there are numerous reasons why a dog may cease to be as ravenous as she once was, and not all of those reasons are signs of a serious problem. Some benign reasons why a dog may stop eating include:
- Scrap feeding. Feeding a dog human table scraps may seem like a solution for reducing food waste or rewarding a beloved pet, but it is rarely a good idea. Scrap feeding not only encourages dogs to beg, it causes them to become picky eaters. Let’s face it – human food tastes much better than dog food! Also, and most importantly, human food simply isn’t good for a dog’s digestive health, and some foods – including but not limited to: chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, avocados, and anything with artificial sweeteners – are actually toxic to dogs.
- Stress. When a dog is stressed, she may be unwilling to eat. If there is a new and untrusted presence in the home, if you are exhibiting signs of stress and irritability, or if you have moved to a new home, she may be too nervous to eat properly.
- Reaction to medication. Certain medications and vaccinations can cause a loss of appetite.
- Too much variety. If you switch food brands regularly, your dog may begin to turn up her nose at foods she doesn’t consider tasty enough. Some dogs are just picky eaters!
However, a diminished appetite could be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Here are a few things to look for if your dog stops eating:
- Signs of pain when chewing. Mouth sores and dental problems may make your dog reluctant to eat.
- Signs of gastric distress. If your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea in addition to appetite loss, it could be a sign of serious illness, intestinal worms, or that your dog may have swallowed a foreign object.
- Too much food. Overfeeding can lead to a dog’s lack of interest in mealtimes, not to mention obesity and obesity-related medical conditions. Limit her number of treats – treats shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of daily calorie intake.
Always get your vet’s professional medical opinion if your dog exhibits the above symptoms before you take any measures to treat your dog’s lack of appetite.
CBD Oil for Pets
CBD oil for pets may help regulate your dog’s appetite. CBD (Cannabidiol) has been shown to influence the production of the appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the appetite stimulating hormone; leptin is the hormone that triggers feelings of satiety. If your dog isn’t producing these hormones at normal levels, CBD can help to manage them.
CBD oil for pets can also help with other symptoms that may have led to a loss of appetite. If your dog was feeling anxious (living in a new home, adjusting to a new person or pet, etc.), CBD can help calm her. If your dog is experiencing irritable bowels, CBD triggers an anti-inflammatory response that can help to relieve pain.
How to Administer CBD Oil for Pets
If your dog has lost her appetite, administering CBD oil may be a bit of a challenge, since getting her to eat anything is a challenge! You might want to try CBD oil in tincture form, which is the oil itself that you dose from a dropper. You can put the appropriate dosage directly in her mouth (if she’s comfortable with an oral application) or in her water dish.
The appropriate amount of CBD oil for pets will depend upon the size of your dog and the extent of her symptoms. There will be dosing instructions on the package, but always check with your vet, first.
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