Furbabies can be hard to figure out sometimes. When their behavior changes without notice it can be jarring for owners who see no other sign that something is wrong. And when the matter involves food, the one thing that dogs are usually keen on getting regardless of whether or not it is mealtime, then it’s anxiety time for the humans.
Loss of appetite and general lack of serious activity from the canine crew in these parts is happening right now. This writer lives with two small dogs and sits with other small dogs. In the last two weeks, just about all of them are not all that interested in food. This happened to coincide with the arrival of summer temperatures that have all of us seeking air conditioning.
As it happens, this is fairly common mainly because in the summer, when they do not need to generate a whole lot of body heat and need the extra calories for walks, etc., dogs will self-regulate their food intake. Not all of them, of course, but many do. This is documented by any number of veterinary-related sites.
Loss of appetite in anyone, let alone a dog, can be an indicator of a health issue, but in the summer, remember that heavy, stick to your ribs sorts of meals are not all that appetizing for humans. They aren’t for dogs, either.
If a canine is leaving some behind in a dish or not touching it at all during the hot summer months, try reducing the amount fed, and limiting heavier treats that might be full of fat. Also, keep an eye on the pooch after coming in from outside. Some dogs prefer to cool down before eating.
If adjusting feeding techniques, and even times does not work to entice your dog to eat, a visit to the vet is in order.