Post # 1
So I’m 8 weeks pregnant and for the last month, I’ve watched my dog slowly stop eating consistently. some days she’s fine and eats (mostly on the weekends when Im home) and some days, forget it. She’s not going to eat. There have been no major changes to her food, her routine, or her environment with the exception of my pregnancy. She’s not really losing weight thanks to my husband who spoils her, but I have to ask… do dogs stop eating when they sense these kinds of things? Should I take her to the vet just to make sure? I’d rather not shell out $60 for the vet to tell me its nothing unless I have to…
Post # 3
I’d take her to the vet. Not having an appetite, especially for that long, can be a symptom of a health issue. Though if she is eating whatever your DH is giving her then thats a good sign.
Post # 4
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: How’s her water intake? Is she still pottying regularly (#1 and #2)? Have you noticed any changes in her energy level?
I’ve never heard of a dog stopping eating because their owner was pregnant – I’m not sure how the two things would be related. I wonder if she’s not eating her food because she’s getting too many table scraps/treats from your husband?
Is it possible to call your vet’s office and get an opinion from them without going in for an appointment? Our vet does this sometimes. We call and describe what we’re seeing, and they’ll tell us if it sounds like we need to come in or not.
Post # 5
how does your husband spoil her? if shes consistently getting human food its pretty common for dogs to hold out for that rather than eating dog food
if she is getting people food/treats stop giving that. put food down and take away after 20 mins. nothing till next meal. shell eat eventually and get back to normal. if she doesnt it could be a medical issue
thats not to say it definitely couldnt be a reaction to changing circumstances but not necessarily
Post # 6
if shes consistently getting human food its pretty common for dogs to hold out for that rather than eating dog food
@newname_99: +1 Everytime my mom babysits our dogs (if DH and I are on vacation or whatever) they come home never wanting to eat their food. My mom spoils them with treats and people food. They wont eat their dog food for 2-3 days.
Post # 7
My parents’ dog also refuses to eat his food most of the time because he gets so many human food snacks and treats. If your DH stops giving her food, she will eventually start to eat her own food.. but if she doesn’t, I agree with PP’s – call the vet. Better to be safe than sorry!
Post # 8
I’ll tell my husband to cut back on the people food. He only started really giving in to her demands more this week but I think its just weird the inconsistency of her eating habits for the last month or so. And that’s before my husband took pity on her. She’ll go through these weird phases of “I’ll eat today but tomorrow I’m not eating breakfast and I’ll eat it maybe around midnight but then the next day I’ll eat breakfast but not dinner and then I just wont eat at all the following day.” That’s the only reason I thought she was reacting to the pregnancy. And my vet is the kind of vet that says “well I can’t really tell without bloodwork, a stool sample and for me to see her in person so bring your checkbook and come in…” -__- so I’m trying to avoid that route.
Thanks for the responses. Hopefully I can get husband to stop pitying her.
Post # 9
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I think it is a bigger problem if he/she stops eating all together, but to decrease food intake is not a huge red flag in my opinion. Maybe because my dog goes thru spurts as well, namely she eats a lot less in the colder months (from two bowls of food a day down to one, sometimes 1/2 a bowl even!). I asked the vet ‘why’ a few visits ago, and if I should be concerned, and she said animals appetities can ebb and flow, just like humans. And especially in the colder months when they are not as active – perhaps.
Your dog may be reacting to changes it sees around the house, especially with your pregnancy, but he/she will eat when it is hungry!! If she stops eating all together, then I think you have a problem!!
Post # 10
Whenever my dog comes back from staying with my parents, she won’t eat her dog food for a few days because they feed her human food. Not even kidding, I once went to my parents house and asked what we were having for dinner. My dad told me chicken. Later, I saw him cooking a steak on the grill and said something about how I thought we were having chicken. He told me we were – the steak was for my dog.
But if this has been going on for a month, it may not be that. Although my sister’s dog (who is regularly fed human food) won’t eat his dog food unless he’s STARVING. If it goes on any longer (and you can get your husband to stop feeding the dog), I’d bring him into the vet.
Post # 11
@nber0815: haha! Sounds like my parents. They literally cook for their dogs every night. Chicken, lean steak, tilapia, salmon! When we watch their dogs they bring bags of food to put in the fridge and I’m instructed on how to cook it. Its crazy!!!
Post # 12
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@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: My pomeranian would hunger strike every few months for a few days. He would only eat if I sat down on the floor and handfed his food to him piece by piece. I just figured it was an attention thing.
Also, have you changed their dog food? Or has the dog food company recently changed their formula. My current dog has major food allergies and when Canidae changed their formula a few years ago he refused to eat it and I had to change brands.
Post # 13
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: Try adding water to her food (if it’s dry food).
Our dog wasn’t too crazy about his food so we started adding some warm water to it to make it like a gravy. He loves it now!
Also, your hubby spoiling the dog probably doesn’t help. If she’s getting food from him, she might not be hungry enough to eat her kibble.
Post # 14
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: Take her to the vet. This just happened with my dog in September and he is finally feeling better now. My dog showed no other signs of illness, turned out he had liver failure and a blockage in his gallbladder, both we are treating with medicine and it is working out well. Get the blood work done, completely worth it. You don’t want something horrible to be wrong with her that could have been caught and treated if you brought her in earlier. If I would have waited with my dog he would have died.
Post # 15
If you’re really worried, you can try hand feeding her. I know that when my dog is being resistant, hand feeding him does the trick. Food is just so much tastier when it comes out of my hand. Yes, I know I baby him.
Post # 16
Dogs don’t go on hunger strikes and they aren’t jealous of an owner’s pregnancy or children. They aren’t capable of these emotions.
Holding out for better food? They definitely are capable of that. If she knows she is going to get people food anyway why bother eating the stuff in her bowl? It could also be as simple as she no longer likes her food anymore so you could try a new flavour.
You could take her to the vet and find nothing is wrong, or could find out that there is something that is making her feel unwell. I’m of the mind that it is better to be safe than sorry, there can be serious things going on when the only thing different is the dog stopped eating.