My old dog is not eating and sleeping a lot, what can I do?


Apr 10

Posted by Barkibu editors

My 15 year old dog stopped eating, why? Is your dog already very old and barely moving or eating? We know you've arrived at this article because you're worried that he just tasted a mouthful, but we want to tell you something: congratulations. Having been able to enjoy with your friend throughout his life is something wonderful and that very few PetLovers can do. After saying this, let's see how we can make him eat again so that you can resume having a great time by his side.

Why doesn’t an older dog eat?

There are several reasons. When a furry one is already a senior dog he loses the faculty of the sight, of the hearing and also of the smell. To a greater or lesser extent, depending on his physical condition, and as the days go by, it will cost him more to enjoy his food and even to find it. Yes, your dog may not want to eat because he is not realizing he has food in front of him.

If he has lost a good portion of the sight, try not to change the furniture in your house too much. Your friend knows instinctively where everything is, but if you move tables or chairs, he will end up stumbling on them. If he takes too many hits, he will end up deciding to move less. The best thing you can do is leave everything as he remembers it; something that can also be applicable to his trough and his drinker; do not move them. If you do, help him get to them.

How to get an old dog to eat?

When his nose fails, he may not be able to appreciate the taste of dry food. The best you can do is trying homemade and moist recipes, with suitable food for his age, served warm, so that they smell more.

Some great recipes you can make at home include veal, chicken, or white fish; always well cooked and accompanied by pasta, rice, or vegetables that nourish him and give him fiber to alleviate any intestinal problem. Whenever you decide to cook something for him, make sure it is served well cooked and without any bones or fishbones. In the case of rice or pasta, cook them a bit more than necessary, to make them easier to chew.

My old dog is not eating but drinking water, why?

To ensure that he is not affected by any allergies and that what you feed him is the best for him, share these homemade recipes with our online veterinarians. Leave your question and they will confirm what to feed him according to his age, weight, and race.

In addition to giving this type of meals, change his usual diet, and serve dishes specially prepared for senior dogs. They smell more intensely, which will surely encourage your friend to try again. Most often, following these tips such as facilitating access to food and giving a richer and tastier dish will make his act of eating to return; but what if he still does not eat well?

Care must be taken that old dogs do not become dehydrated

If several days go by without your dog eating, he can become dehydrated. If this is the case and he has not been near his trough or drinker for a long time, make a consultation with our online veterinarians. Dehydration is a serious problem in dogs and has to be stopped as soon as possible. The specialist will examine the condition of your furry and will prescribe a medicine or food supplement to restore his appetite.

We repeat a lot in this article about seeking professional aid. The truth is that, at these ages, more than ever, it is essential that all decisions you make for his health are under agreement with a veterinarian's opinion, so that your friend lives longer with iron health.

During this consultation, it is possible that your veterinarian finds out that your dog does not eat because he is depressed; what can we do to encourage him?

My dog does not eat because he is depressed or because he is old?

As your hairy gets older he loses faculties, which can make him sad. That is why you cannot let him sleep all day long or let him lay on your couch. Come to him, give him a lot of love, and take him for a walk even if you think he does not want to. Of course, if he cannot run, do not force him to. In the same way, do not walk with him more than necessary, but you have to keep playing with him, taking him out for walks, and pampering him a lot.

We tell you this because many PetLovers believe that, at these ages, their dogs need absolute rest. But a furry is not a human, he is an animal that has to do exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

In short: give a rich and fragrant diet, facilitate access to his food, and do not neglect his exercise, so he does not get depressed; this will make him eat again. At all times, count on our online veterinarians to guide you on the right path, because your best friend still has many good years at your side.