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Puppy Not Eating

Puppies are fun little critters, full of boundless energy and insatiable curiosity. So when a puppy stops playing and lays around all the time an owner starts to worry. When a puppy that had a healthy appetite becomes a puppy not eating, an owner becomes concerned. Why is my puppy not eating, they may ask themselves. Below are questions like this about a puppy not eating that have been answered by the Experts.

Can antibiotics be the cause of a puppy not eating?

If a puppy is put on antibiotics for an infection, depending o how bad the infection is and what the infection is resistant to, will depend on how strong the antibiotics are. It seems that stronger antibiotics cause stomach upset as well as other things. Dogs that have upset stomachs can often be put off of their food. So if a puppy is receiving antibiotics it may be the reason that for the puppy not eating. It is always a good decision to have the puppy checked out to rule out any other underlying causes.

What could be the cause of a puppy not eating when arriving at its new home?

When a puppy arrives at its new home, it is a joyous occasion for the new owners, but it may be a stressful one for the puppy. A new environment is a big change and the puppy may be a little stressed from the big move. This type of stress can affect the puppy in ways that many people may not think of such as the puppy not eating, and other gastrointestinal upsets. There are things that a new puppy owner can do to help the transition, one is making sure that the puppy is getting plenty of fluids, water is good, but Gatorade or Pedialyte may be used as well. The puppy may need a bland diet such as rice and chicken, starting out with small portions and eventually adding in the regular dog food and taking out the chicken and rice until only the regular dog food remains.

What are some ways to perk up the appetite of a puppy not eating?

Some ways to perk up the appetite of a puppy not eating is to try different foods. Some foods to try are the baby food that are the meat flavored kind, lean hamburger that has had the grease drained off, a different type of dog food than what the dog normally eat, or boiled chicken breast with rice. If none of these is successful in perking up the appetite of a puppy not eating, then a trip to the veterinarian may be in order to determine what the underlying cause of the puppy not eating is.

What are some reasons that might be the cause of a puppy not eating?

There are several reasons that could be the cause of a puppy not eating. Parasite problems can be one. Some intestinal parasites can cause stomach upset such as diarrhea or vomiting, as well as anorexia. A dog eating something that the owner is unaware of can be a cause. The introduction of something new be it a new food or even a new environment can cause anorexia. Exposure to toxic chemical or ingestion of a toxic chemical can cause a puppy to not eat. Puppies are curious by nature so making sure that they do not get into anything that can harm them be it chemicals or small things that can obstruct their bowels, is up to the owner to be aware of.

There are many things that could be the cause of a puppy not eating. The stress of a new environment can keep a puppy from not eating when it first comes home. Stomach upset from eating the unknown, or ingesting poison can cause a puppy to not eat. Antibiotics often cause stomach upset and be the cause of a puppy not eating. When a puppy stops eating, a trip to the veterinarian is often called for, if the owner is not able to perk up the puppy’s appetite. Any questions about a puppy not eating can be asked of the Experts.
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