Once you notice that your puppy won’t eat, you should observe the pooch for additional signs of diseases, and if you notice any, book an appointment with your vet.
You can also try protecting your puppy from stress-inducing conditions, changing the pooch’s diet, warming and mixing up food, and incorporating supplements to promote a healthy appetite in your puppy.
Rule Out Any Medical Issues
The first thing to do when you notice that your puppy won’t eat is to consult with your vet, and maybe, book an appointment for a comprehensive medical diagnosis to check for the presence of diseases and infections.
While a loss of appetite doesn’t necessarily indicate the presence of a serious disease, prompt medical attention is needed to maintain the quality of your puppy’s life.
If, eventually, the cause of your puppy’s loss of appetite is linked to one ailment or another, your vet will prescribe the appropriate treatment methods, and restore the young fido’s appetite. In most cases, your vet will recommend a special prescription diet to feed your pooch while the ailment in question is being treated.
However, if your puppy is found to be healthy, you can try any of the methods listed below to get your pooch eating again:
We’ve mentioned earlier how stress may be responsible for your puppy’s loss of appetite. And by identifying, and subsequently eliminating stress factors that are responsible for your pooch’s discomfort, you can get the pup eating again.
Some puppies are disturbed by their environment when eating; Hence, it can help to feed your puppy in a quiet place, away from noise and distraction, to create a sense of security.
Change The Puppy’s Diet And Feeding Habits
If your puppy’s refusal to eat coincides with a recent sudden switch in the food you’re giving to the pooch, then it will be in your dog’s best interest to switch back to the former food, while gradually introducing the new diet to the pooch.
Additionally, if your puppy won’t eat regular dog food, and instead, focuses on receiving scraps and treats from you, then it will be best if you stop indulging the pooch, and be strict about feeding high-quality dog food only.
Warm The Food
Sometimes, puppies reject their meals because the food is too cold. And by slightly warming cold kibble or wet food before feeding it to the puppy, you can restore the pooch’s appetite.
Also, warming helps restore the food’s aroma, and this further increases a puppy’s desire to eat.
Mixing Up Your Puppy’s Food
If you’re solely feeding your puppy with dry kibble, you can try adding in a bit of canned dog food or unsalted chicken broth to spike the pooch’s appetite.
NOTE! You should avoid feeding your puppy with broth that contains onions, chives or garlic, as these can be quite toxic to the pooch.
You can also spike your regular puppy food with plain yogurt or cottage cheese in a bid to tempt the young fido to eat. And mixing dry cat food, if you have any, in a pup’s food, has been shown to boost appetite in dogs.
Add Supplements To The Food
Certain high-quality puppy food supplements such as the TOMLYN Nutri-Cal High Calorie-Nutritional Gel have properties that restore a puppy’s appetite and eliminate food pickiness among dogs, and you can try mixing in a bit of this supplement into your puppy’s food, if it hasn’t been eating.
And in addition to restoring your puppy’s appetite, the TOMLYN Nutri-Cal Gel contains essential fatty acids that promote healthy skin and joint development, as well as extra calories for puppies that have been refusing food.