The most common cause of lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs is infection or disease.
Many of the viral infections such as distemper and parvovirus present with lethargy and loss of appetite.
Lethargy may be caused by the lack of appetite, as if your dog is not eating then it is not getting any energy.
What can I give my dog for loss of appetite?
Meclizine can help with appetite in some dogs. Meclizine is an antihistamine that is known to reduce nausea due to vertigo. If your dog is not eating due to nausea, there are several other medications available, such as maropitant, a common drug available through your local veterinarian.
Can pain cause loss of appetite in dogs?
If your dog is sick or injured, they may not have an appetite or may experience pain when they try to eat. Medical conditions such as infections or cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases can cause a reduction in or lack of appetite.
What do you do when your dog doesn’t want to eat?
Stop feeding extra foods and treats and stick to a daily scheduled feeding routine. Put down the proper amount of food at a regular time each day and wait. If your dog won’t eat the food, try again the next day.
When should I worry about my dog not eating?
If your dog isn’t eating, consult a vet within 8-12 hours if there is any accompanying vomiting or diarrhea. Absent these symptoms, there’s a few likely reasons your dog isn’t eating, including emotional issues.
Do dogs get bored of eating the same food?
Dogs don’t have the same tastes that we have for novel foods and combinations so don’t get bored of the same food every day. They don’t enjoy salty or bitter foods to the same level that we do because of this. However, dogs have a taste receptor that humans lack, for them the taste of water is enjoyable.