Dog wont eat unless hand fed

posted 5 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Baltimore, MD

Did you try contacting your vet? There could be an underlying issue to explain his sudden loss of appetite and weight loss.

Post # 3
5720 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

When was this? Why aren’t you asking a vet?

Post # 4
8099 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Jean1 :  Definitely get to the vet. He may have eaten something he shouldn’t have while he was with the sitter that’s causing issues. 

Post # 5
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Definitely check with the vet. Will he eat off the floor? This happened with a friend’s dog and it turns out she had gotten a new collar tag, which was hitting the bowl and scaring her.

Post # 6
16 posts
  • Wedding: January 2018

 This happens to my dog sometimes when I take him to get boarded. I think he just loses his appetite from his schedule being different. Usually I just hand feed it to him and then I’ll take a handful and lay it on the floor in front of him. You can also try feeding him chicken and rice or if he eats dry food add a little bit of hot water. 

You should definitely bring it up to your vet just in case it’s something else. 


Post # 7
6630 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Talk to the vet of course, but given that he chows down from your hand, I doubt it’s an intestinal issue. I’d see if fading him toward the dish helps, and add something extra tasty. Hang out nearby so he know you aren’t going to leave. 

My dog hardly touches his food when we are away, even though he hates having us near when he’s eating. I also had a cat who was perfectly friendly until I stayed away too long (and I have no doubt she was treated well). She started lashing out at anyone who got too close except myself and later, my husband. Pets are just as weird as humans are. 

Post # 8
484 posts
Helper bee

My cat stopped eating from her bowl a while back, but would eat from my hand.  It turned out she had nausea when she bent her head down to the bowl, so she wouldn’t do it.  Some anti-nausea meds helped.  Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.  In the meantime, try lifting the bowl by putting it on a stack of books or something so he doesn’t have to bend down to it.

Post # 9
730 posts
Busy bee

Bring your dog to the vet. My dog got a tick borne infection years ago and couldn’t put her head down to eat because her lymph nodes were super swollen by her neck area. 

Post # 10
1011 posts
Bumble bee

Dogs can be funny like that.  Whenever we travel my dog will not eat unless me or my husband is standing right next to him.  Sometimes I’ll put little pieces of chicken in his bowl to entice him to eat without me being there and that works.

Post # 11
4532 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Jean1 :  take your dog to the vet to rule our any medical issues.

My friend had a dog who was very old and could no longer lower his head to eat out of his bowl on the floor. My cat is 18 years old and he’s gone completely deaf and has lost some vision. He needs to be lead to the bowl because he doesn’t hear when we’ve put his dinner in it. Either we carry him and put his face in it so he sees it or our other cat goes up to him and meows in front of his face  and nibbles his head to let him know that it’s dinner time. Rule out medical reasons and then you can look into behavioral reasons as to why your dog is doing this and find a solution. 

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