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We know that most dog owners see their pet dogs as part of the family, and so we do our very best to give our readers top quality tips and advice to help them care for their pets.
In this post, we will discuss older dogs that aren’t eating but are acting normal.
Before we do that, if you own an older dog, you will know that they often like to sleep a lot.
As dogs get older, they need more comfortable dog beds to help them relax and sleep.
So this post about the best dog beds for older dogs might be of interest for you to check out.
Now let’s get back to the topic of an older dog not eating as much as they normally would.
Is Your Older Dog Not Eating as Much as Normal?
The first thing to say is that we are not vets. So if you have any serious health concerns about yourself, do the best thing to do is take them to the vet as soon as possible.
With that out of the way, it is worth knowing that as dogs get old, they will naturally start eating less food.
This is not unhealthy in any way. It is just that their bodies will need less energy due to running around much less.
So if your older dog is acting normal but is eating a bit less food, it may well be fine.
The important thing is to look for signs of ill health or stress that could be affecting the dog’s appetite.
Things to Look for in an Older Dog that is Eating less Food
- Does your dog have any signs of ill health such as lumps or bumps, hair loss, bad breath, cloudy eyes, a rash, dental issues, etc.?
- Is your dog acting differently? Does it need to go potty more often? Is it incontinent? Is it grump or aggressive? Quiet or sleeping a lot?
If you notice any signs like this, it could be that your senior dog’s appetite loss is part of something more serious.
If this is the case, we suggest that you get your dog checked out with the vets as soon as you can.
It is always better to be safe than sorry, especially with older dogs, as they are more fragile than younger ones.
So we hope this short little post helps. Before you go, check out this video of some tips to help you get your dog to eat more.