Post # 1
My dog is 3 years old i noticed he was lossing weight i went and got a hand full of his dog food and he ate like he was starving. It all started because i had to leave him for 3 days because i had to go to a funeral in another state. I came home his sitter said he wont eat. I tried everything then tried hand feeding him and its working. Why would he just stop using his bowl should i buy a new bowl?
Post # 2
- 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
When was this? Why aren’t you asking a vet?
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.