How Long Can A Dog Go Without Eating When Sick?

How Long Can a Dog go Without Eating When Sick? Before we go ahead to answer this, it is important that we look at the things that could make a dog refuse to eat and the safe time for observation before help is sought from reliable sources.

How Long Can A Dog Go Without Eating When Sick
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Why Do Dogs Stop Eating?

In most cases, dogs will usually find it difficult to eat when sick. As a matter of fact, that a dog is not eating is one of the major symptoms that a dog is sick. It shows, in most cases, that all is not well with the dog.

However, aside being sick, dogs could stop eating when they are mourning a loss. Be it the loss of a human or animal close to their heart, dogs, like humans, find it difficult to eat when grieving. They could also become sick during the grieving period.

It is also important to point out that some dogs won’t eat when all is not well with their gastro intestinal system. 

As opposed to the other cases mentioned above, the dog not eating for a few days when they have this medical condition might actually help their health condition improve.

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What To Do When Your Dog Stops Eating As A Result Of Sickness

We are of the opinion that your first point of call should be your veterinarian. Since, in most cases a dog not eating is as a result of sickness, the smartest thing to do is to get your dog treated first.  

You could check out this article on what to feed a sick dog to get some other ideas on how to entice your sick dog to eat.

When Should I Become Concerned Or Worried?

It is reported that a healthy dog can go without food for 3-5 days. Some dogs can even go without food for longer than that period.

However, two things. One, that a dog can survive without food for that long is not enough reason to allow your dog stay that long without food. If they’ve not eaten anything throughout the day, you’ll need to do something.

Two, even if your dog refuses to eat, make sure that they stay hydrated.

For a sick dog, start getting concerned once your dog does not eat for over 48 hours or thereabout. Your dog needs food to get well in the first place. So, if they are not eating at all, call your vet.

Precautionary Measures

Now, the most important step in all of this is to ensure that you don’t have to ask this question anytime soon.

Since we have established that your dog starving and not eating for days is bad for his health, we encourage you to stay on top of your dog’s feeding habits and ensure, not only that he is eating enough, but also that he is getting all the nutrients he needs.

Finally, it is better not to tempt fate at all. If your dog is sick and isn’t eating, report such case to your vet immediately, instead of waiting for the max time. It is better safe than sorry.

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