|A loss of appetite in pets is unfortunately a common yet nonspecific symptom for pets that may be ill. The causes for a loss of appetite are numerous and can include anything from viral/bacterial causes, parasites, metabolic diseases of the liver, kidney or pancreas, foreign body ingestion, cancer, as well as inflammatory bowel disease to name just a few.|
If a loss of appetite is greater than a few days, or accompanied by other signs of illness (loss of energy, changes in behavior) or other signs of illness (vomiting or diarrhea) a veterinary assessment is always recommended to find out the cause of the symptoms and the best treatment plan.
If there is a history of simply nonspecific loss of appetite (i.e without other more serious or prolonged signs of illness), many times animal guardians can tempt such pets to eat by adding a new or different wet food diet to a pet’s plate. Sometimes adding some bland hamburger and rice, or baby food to their every day kibble, can help if a pet has a mild upset stomach.
Pepcid AC (Famotidine) can be often used at a dose of one half mg per pound, once to twice daily, and can help if a pet has a sour stomach to enhance appetite. B-complex vitamins given orally, and/or brewers yeast added to meals can often increase appetite and palatability of many foods.
Has your pet ever experienced a loss of appetite? What were some ways in which you helped your pet to regain their hunger?
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