What do you feed a senior dog that won’t eat? “When a dog won’t eat,” Metzger says, “make sure your veterinarian rules out any underlying health problems, such as dental disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or cancer.” He also says that when dogs lose interest in dry food, adding warm water, chicken broth, or a small amount of canned food can make it more appealing.
How long can an elderly dog go without eating? Older dogs can generally go three to five days without food, but you will probably want to speak to your vet if they have not eaten anything for 24 hours. More concerning than not eating can be not drinking. Dogs can die of dehydration within less than two days.
Why do older dogs lose their appetite? Dog loss of appetite often is one of the initial indications that your dog isn’t feeling his best. However, at some point, the majority of older dogs start to consume less food. It’s a natural byproduct of aging, in which the canine’s food intake decreases as their metabolism starts slowing down.
How do you know when it’s time to put a dog down? He is experiencing chronic pain that cannot be controlled with medication (your veterinarian can help you determine if your pet is in pain). He has frequent vomiting or diarrhea that is causing dehydration and/or significant weight loss. He has stopped eating or will only eat if you force feed him.