Decreased Appetite

If your pet has a loss or decreased appetite, it is important to determine why your cat or dog eats less than usual. It is not advised to compare it to what is advised, since every pet has its own individual need. In case you notice a lack, or loss, of appetite in your cat of dog, it is advised to consult a veterinarian, as it may be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Decreased Appetite

How to Recognize

Judge a change in your pet\'s appetite by their own personal eating habits. All breeds and individual pets eat differently. It is also normal for your pet to have a decreased appetite if they significantly reduce their daily amount of exercise.

Causes

A loss of appetite is a common side effect to many different illnesses. While decreased appetite may be a sign something is wrong, it is also a normal side effect to vaccinations (though it should only last a brief period of time) and behavioral changes. If your pet is feeling anxious or afraid, he/she may experience a decreased appetite.

Diagnosis

If your pet\'s loss of appetite lasts more than a day or is severe enough that your pet refuses to eat at all, seek veterinary care for your pet.

Treatments

Your pet\'s treatment will vary depending on the underlying condition causing a decreased appetite.

Decreased Appetite Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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