It seems strange to think that your dog, always looking for something to eat, might have a small appetite! But despite what you think, this can happen sometimes.
It is possible that there are substantial grounds for his/her lack of appetite, related to the early symptoms of some particular disease. You want to check that simply by carrying your friend to a veterinary. Mostly those are isolated cases that shouldn’t worry you.
It is normal that sometimes a healthy and well-fed dog would refuse to eat sitting in front of the bowl.
Let’s see the most frequent reasons that may push your friend to refuse to eat.
If you introduce a new food to a puppy, he may shortly avoid eating it, even turning his/her head away when approaching the food with their mouth.
When the dog is actively distracted by other things, he/she could “forget” to eat. The most striking example? A male dog, who perceives a bitch during her heat nearby, will most likely not eat.
Other less intense distractions may cause loss of appetite, too. We may check during its mealtime that its attention is not dragged elsewhere.
Refusing to eat is normal when your buddy has just finished an extended physical activity and is tired. Let’s give him/her time to rest!
If you chose to make your female procreate, she would most likely refuse to eat for the entire day (or most of it) of childbirth.
When the dog is subjected to environmental stress, one of the first symptoms may be just the lack of appetite. For example, if you try to feed him after a long journey in a place that isn’t its house, they may need some time of adaptation (time can vary). Alternatively, if you take him/her to a boarding house for dogs where other beagles are, they could refuse to eat even for a few days.
If your beagle is picky:
It isn’t nice to assume this, but in some cases, it can be true. If you leave the bowl full and always available throughout the day, it could learn the bad habit to nibble occasional bites and in the long run never completely finish an entire meal. It may show episodes of lack of appetite, too. As explained in detail in the free report, “Beagle Rebel? No, thanks!” and “The 4 Pillars of the healthy dog,” one of the most important measures for the education of each dog becoming the reference point it needs is to manage its significant resources. Food is one of these significant resources, so if we leave the bowl full of food available throughout the day, changing this habit could help solve its episodes of loss of appetite.
Just fill his/her bowl only at meal times, and pull it away after about twenty minutes, either if it is full or empty. If you notice that it refuses food continuously for no apparent reason or if you record abnormal signs or physical behavior, then you need to check it carefully.
In case you aren’t in any situation described above and the dog refuses to eat any food in the next 48hrs (24hrs if it’s a puppy), let’s pay a visit to the Vet. It can happen that your concern is excessive, but for the sake of your friend, a call to the veterinarian wouldn’t be a problem!
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