Older Dog Not Eating?  What to do

August 17, 2023 | Logan Simmons
It can be a sad sight when a dog of any age stops eating but seeing it in an older dog is particular

It can be a sad sight when a dog of any age stops eating but seeing it in an older dog is particularly concerning.  Is this some sort of terminal illness you might ask?  Let’s not get too alarmist just yet.  Here are some common reasons that your dog may have stopped eating:

1.) You’ve changed foods and your dog just might not like it.  Also, check to see if you current food has changed formulation.

2.) Has the food gone bad?  You wouldn’t want to eat it either.

3.) Did you feeding method change?  Perhaps they’ve got a favorite bowl and that new one just won’t do.

4.) Has the climate changed?  Perhaps it’s gotten too hot where your dog normally eats and prefers to be in a cooler area.

5.) Is there a new stressor in their environment?  Perhaps a new pet or a new person in the household has caused some alarm and adjustment will be needed.

Also, consider some possible health situations like these:

1.) Does your dog have dental problems?  It could make eating painful.

2.) Nausea from liver or kidney problems could be at play.

3.) Perhaps there’s an intestinal blockage or they’ve eaten something with a toxin in it.

4.) Did you start or remove a medication or supplement?  

If your dog hasn’t eaten in 24 hours, you need to contact the vet for an examination and likely bloodwork.  Don’t worry, you can get to the bottom of this.  At PURELUXE Pet Food, we’re all into eliminating possible causes of not eating.  All of our dog and cat formulas have been taste tasted and are shown to be preferable to other brands.  Also, our fresh meat first formulas avoid certain allergens and are full of micronutrients to aid your dog or cat’s health.  See all of our formulas at pureluxepetfood.com.