My Beagle Stopped Eating
Usually if you leave food around a Beagle, you can expect it to be gobbled down within seconds. So when all of a sudden he refuses to eat his food – something is off, Right? Lack of appetite could just mean that you have a picky eater on your hands or it could be a symptom of something more serious.
If your Beagle skips his meal, don’t panic just yet. Try looking for more symptoms. If there is clearly nothing wrong with him and he continues on being his happy little self, with the same amount of activity, then skipping a meal here and there really isn’t too big of a deal. It’s when you notice symptoms of illness or lethargic behavior that you should call a vet.
When You Should See a Vet
Let me preface this by saying that every situation is different and you should always consult with a veterinarian before making decisions regarding your dog’s wellbeing. Never substitute online advice for a professional diagnosis.
There are many possible medical reasons as to why a Beagle might decide not to eat, including…
- Feeling sick after eating something they shouldn’t
- Broken tooth or other oral pain
- Organ Problems
- Digestive Issues
- Intestinal Obstruction
The vet will need to physically check your Beagle before diagnosing the exact cause. Providing them with additional information can help them determine what’s wrong.
Additional things to look out for if your beagle is not eating:
- Irregular Bowl Movement
- Missing toys that the dog could have swallowed
- Eating something dangerous to dogs
If you notice any of these symptoms, please call your vet and talk to them about it. They will probably want to schedule an appointment for further examination. Along with a physical exam, they will usually run additional tests to pinpoint the problem (bloodwork, urinalysis, x-ray or ultrasound for possible obstructions, etc.).
Causes for Immediate Concern
If you see any of the following symptoms:
- Extremely pale or deep red gums
- He is continuously panting
- Whites in his eyes are turned yellow
- Distended (swollen and firm) belly
Please take your Beagle to an emergency clinic immediately. They are symptoms of serious health conditions that can turn fatal if not treated on time. If you don’t know where to find an emergency veterinary clinic, call up your vet even if they are closed. Most veterinary offices provide a phone number to call in case of emergencies on their answering machines.
Other Possible Reasons for a Beagle to stop Eating
Lack of appetite is not always caused by medical problems. If your Beagle doesn’t show any of the symptoms listed above, there could be other reasons for his refusal to eat. Just like humans, dogs can lose their appetite for a whole bunch of reasons. It could be due to stress, anxiety, pain, hot temperature or just not being hungry.
Below I highlight other possible causes for a Beagle to refuse his food and how to deal with them.
Changes In Their Environment
Dogs that are under stress can easily lose their desire to eat. Has there been any major changes in your Beagles environment? For example, it’s not uncommon for dogs to stop eating after moving to a new house, living with new family or having a family member leave them.
If that’s the case, you will just have to let time pass for them to get adjusted to the changes. To help him adjust quicker, you can try spending more time with him. More walks around the block or at a park can help too. Anything that will get his little body moving and mind focusing on something else will help him recover quicker. Feeding him his favorite meal or treats won’t hurt either.
Beagle Doesn’t Like His Food
Some dogs are just picky eaters. If your Beagle refuses to eat the food you give him, but continues begging for human food and/or treats, then you will need to make some adjustments to his diet. On its own, dog food is not that appetizing compared to home cooked meals, and dog food manufacturers know it. That’s why they try to make it more appetizing by adding oils and other additives to enhance its smell.
If you’ve gone through several different dog food brands and your furry friend continues to reject them all, you too will have to resort to a few tricks. I mean chicken, rice and vegies would of course be ideal, but not everyone has the money or time to home cook meals for their dogs. If you’re in that situation, here are a few ways to make dog food more appetizing:
- Warm it up – when you warm up dog food it will have a stronger smell, which hopefully will entice your Beagle to eat it.
- Wet dry kibble before serving – you can use regular warm water to lightly wet kibble. It will soften it up and make it easier to eat. Very helpful for owners with older dogs.
- Add chicken or beef broth to it – coating almost anything in broth will turn a picky eater into a hungry beast.
- Add something they enjoy – No dog can refuse chicken. Adding some plain boiled chicken, or some other delicious ingredient, to his meal should be a sure way to bring back his appetite.
Learn More: Healthy Beagle Diet
The Beagle Just Isn’t Hungry
Sometimes, the only reason for a beagle to refuse to eat his food is him just not being hungry. I’m sure most of my readers chuckled at the thought of a Beagle “not being hungry”, but it can happen. If he is completely healthy with no significant changes in his environment, then he could be just full.
This can happen if the he doesn’t get enough exercise or gets too many treats throughout the day. You can fix this problem recalculating his portion size and/or reducing the amount of treats he gets.
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