What to do if a pregnant dog doesn’t eat?
Perhaps changing feed, or switching to a soft diet, coupled with a little exercise, will solve a dog’s lack of appetite during gestation, although ultimately it may be necessary to go to the vet.
If our dog doesn’t have an appetite we worry, which is normal, but if our pregnant dog doesn’t eat, the worry increases. This would not only endanger our pet’s life but also the lives of future puppies – do you want to know what to do about it? Let’s see.
Why doesn’t my pregnant dog eat?
As we always say, before trying to solve a problem, we must look for the cause. In this case, it is essential to determine the reasons why our dog does not want to eat.
The first thing to understand is that, although she is a dog, her pregnancy is not much different from that of a human being. Therefore, your hormones are revolutionized, nausea appears, heaviness, heat and many other factors influence your mood and appetite.
So, for these reasons, a pregnant dog will most likely not want to eat for a few hours or even a few days. This shouldn’t alarm us too much. Nausea, especially, is one of the main reasons why our pet would refuse food. Is that normal, or do you eat when you feel like throwing up?
Of course, these symptoms will be normal as long as they appear after the third week of pregnancy. If it happens earlier, it is best to go to the vet, as the cause could be more serious.
Another reason may be that as your physical activity decreases, so do your food portions. When you look at his bowl you’ll see that he eats less than usual, but this doesn’t have to be a major problem. It could also be that because of the changes in his body he no longer likes the feed you give him.
What do I do if my pregnant dog doesn’t want to eat?
Once we’ve identified some of the best-known causes why a pregnant dog won’t eat, it’s time to take action to solve the problem. While some of the causes are not of major concern, it is true that after a while, this becomes a danger to moms and babies, so it is our time to take action.
Here are some tips you can follow if your pregnant dog doesn’t eat:
Give him smaller portions. You know, pregnant women sometimes get disgusted, so to speak, with food. It’s possible that if your dog goes through a time like this, and sees too much food on her plate, she might get nauseous and not even want to go near it. You could put him on small portions in several shots a day.
Change your mind. If you think you might not like the feed anymore, try to find another one with a different taste. If the one you have is chicken, switch to beef or fish. Ask a veterinarian for advice on a specialized feed for pregnant dogs.
Try the soft diet. If even after changing the feed, your pregnant dog does not eat, try the BARF diet. Maybe a change is what he needs.
Clean their feeders. Both the trough and the watering trough must be clean and always have fresh food and water. Pregnant women become more sensitive to the issue of cleanliness.
Try to get him to exercise. If you think you simply eat less than usual, it may be because you don’t exercise. Walking isn’t bad for pregnant dogs, quite the contrary. Take long, slow walks with her and see if this increases her appetite.
Take her to the vet. If after trying all these measures you don’t get results, take the dog to the vet, especially if it has been 24 hours since the last meal. If you drink, do so before this time is up, as you may become dehydrated.
Don’t worry, with a little effort you can get your dog to eat and, if not, you know that veterinarians are specialized in any kind of problem that our pet might present. Take good note of these tips and everything will be a little scary.