Day 2: Dog Not Eating and Fluid Therapy

Welcome to Day 2 of our 4 day program. Today we are going to talk about how to encourage our dogs to eat and keep them hydrated.

Pointer #1
Anorexia that lasts for
3 to 5 days requires some
form of nutritional support

Part 1: Dog Not Eating

Reasons Why A Dog Won't Eat

Dental disease/Tooth abscess
Systemic Disease
Pain when swallowing
Ate a foreign object
Doesn't like a certain type of food

What happens when dogs don't eat

Not eating for an extended period of time can result in weight loss and muscle wasting. Also the immune system cannot function properly.

When should I be concerned

If your dog does not eat for 3 to 5 days, it will require nutritional support and needs to see a veterinarian.

Medications your vet might use

These three medications below are commonly given by veterinarians to help stimulate dogs to start eating:




What you can do

Your job is to try and get your dog to eat. There are many things that you can try:

Pointer #2
It is important to
determine if the dog
won't eat or can't eat

Soft canned dog food

Baby food


***Warming the food list above will increase its appeal to your dog, because warmed food smells much better which stimulates the appetite.***

Part 2: Fluid Therapy

Dehydration is one of the main reasons why puppies and kittens die when they have diarrhea or are vomiting.

Dehydration can also have a huge negative impact on adult dogs and cats that are sick and not eating.

Animals that weigh less than 20 pounds are more prone to dehydration.

Causes of Dehydration


Not eating or drinking

Renal disease




Hot weather

Frozen bowls of water in the winter

Why dehydration is dangerous

Dehydration causes the volume of blood to lower, which means blood cannot deliver oxygen to tissues as efficiently.

Signs of dehydration

Not eating



Dry and tacky gums

Sunken eyes

Weight loss

What your vet might do

In severe cases, IV fluids will be give. Some types of fluids that might be given IV include Normosol, lactated Ringers, and 0.9% sodium chloride.

In moderate cases, sometimes the fluid is given subcutaneously, which means under the skin. Sometimes, the vet will show you how to give fluids under the skin of your dog so you can do it at home.

What you can do

Any wet food contains a high amount of moisture.

Baby food

Pointer #3
Dogs weighing less
than 20 pounds are
more prone to dehydration

Canned dog food



Low sodium chicken or beef broth

Natural remedies for low energy

Natural remedies and herbs been used for a long time to help people and pets boost their levels of energy.

Some selected herbs that may help include:

Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng)
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina)
Emblica officinalis (Amalaki)

These four herbs can help to invigorate the body and help to enhance both mental and physical capabilities.

Pointer for keeping your pet healthy

There are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your pet healthy and energetic:

>Feed a high quality dog food that is free from unnatural preservatives and colors.

>Give your dog lots of fresh clean water and clean their water bowl on a regular basis.

>Daily exercise is great for a dog's mental and physical health.

>Be sure to deworm your pet. Parasites can make pets lose weigh and possibly anemic.

>Keep your dog current on vaccinations.

>Take your dog in for yearly exams.

That is all for today, please check your email tomorrow for Day 3, where we talk about things you can do at home to treat constipation in your dog

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