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    8 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Turning Up His Nose at His Dinner

    Is the dog food stale? Most dry dog food only lasts one month after being opened. If you are buying huge, forty-pound bags of food on sale and storing them in large containers, it is possible the food is stale and does not taste good to him.

    One bite at a time. Before becoming too alarmed that he isn't eating, consider that he doesn't need to eat as much or as often as humans. Many times pet owners overfeed their pets, which can lead to them not wanting to eat for a few days. Always talk with your veterinarian and check the dog food bag to determine how much food to feed him.

    Is he stressed out? Has anything changed in his routine — or yours for that matter? Even the smallest of changes can cause a pet to become stressed and eat less, or skip a meal or two.

    Down in the dumps. Some research has shown that dogs can experience depression, and the symptoms can be similar to the symptoms humans experience when they are depressed. Try to do fun activities with him and show him plenty of love and affection to help lift his spirits.

    Take a hike. Get out and get him active with a hike, long walk or swim. In general, dogs tend to eat better after activity.

    Reinforce good habits. If you feed him table scraps frequently, he may begin to favor human food over his own dry kibble. Make sure that he understands that treats are rewards for good behavior, not replacements for his own food.

    Keep 'em separated. If you have other dogs, you may need to separate them at meal time in order to get each one to eat. Dogs may refuse to eat if they are intimidated.

    Hot summer days. During hot weather, food intake tends to be lower, as the dog’s metabolism and activity level tends to be reduced. 

    Always watch your dog's bowel movements and weight, since a change in either, combined with a lack of appetite, could be a sign of a serious medical issue. If your dog is not eating or drinking and it lasts for more than 36 hours, seek medical attention immediately.


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