Loss of Appetite

Common Causes for Loss of Appetite in Pets

There is nothing more disheartening than your pet not wanting to eat. In fact, one of the most common reasons owners bring their pets to our veterinarian in Summerfield is due to a loss of appetite. Most of the time your pet may devour any type of food in front of him, but there are times when a pet loses his appetite. There are many reasons why this can happen, but it’s important to know that a loss of appetite may indicate illness, so it’s critical that you contact your pet's veterinarian as soon as you become aware of the issue in order to get to the bottom of the problem. Here are some of the most common reasons why pets may lose their appetite. 

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Illness

One of the most obvious reasons why pets may lose their appetite is because they don’t feel well. There are numerous types of illness that may lead to loss of appetite in pets, including a urinary tract infection, cancer, kidney failure, and a bacterial or viral infection. Illness may cause your pet to pick at his food or completely lose his appetite all together. If you notice that your pet is not eating after two days, and isn’t drinking much water, it’s important that he be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. It’s important to keep in mind that in some situations, regardless of what you do, a loss of appetite requires more treatment than you can provide and veterinary care will help your pet get well and restore his appetite.

Aging

As your pet ages, you may notice a change in their eating habits. The physical changes and diseases that accompany aging often affect their appetite. This is actually common among senior pets because as pets age, they often get less exercise and burn off less energy. Senior pets often need to change to foods that are more suited for sedentary, older animals. It’s important to talk with the veterinarian about foods that are appropriate for your pet’s age and the changes his body is going through that may affect his appetite.

Stress

Both cats and dogs react to changes in their surroundings. Whether it’s a new human in their environment, a new animal family member or a being in new surroundings, the changes can cause stress, which can lower or even cause loss of appetite in pets. In most situations, their appetites will return to normal once they become accustomed to the changes. However, if they do not return to their normal eating habits, it’s important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

The best way to get your pet’s appetite back is to determine what the cause is for his loss of appetite. If you notice any changes in the way your pet is eating, a decline or even an increase in his diet, you should schedule a veterinary exam.

To schedule your pet’s exam, contact loss The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield.

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