New Breakthrough in Dog Feeding: How Long Can a Dog Go without Eating?


One thing that I love about my dog is the fact that when it comes to meals, I barely have to put in any effort to ensure that it finishes its kibble. Whenever I notice a change in his eating habits such as loss of appetite, that is enough to get me worried.

When my canine friend no longer looks forward to meal times with a drooling mouth, I am no longer at ease since I know that its condition is just not right.

This got me worried to the extent that I had to do some research on what could be causing his condition. Why does a dog lose his appetite, for how long can a dog go without eating? These are some of the questions that crossed my mind.

If you are reading this article, you must also be worried about your dog’s eating habits, especially if he has neglected his kibble for several meals. I want to share with you the results of my research.


For How Many Days Can a Dog Go Without Eating?


Normally, a dog can go for up to ten days without eating if he is taking water. However, this will depend on some factors such as the dog’s health before it ceased to eat. If your dog has no sufficient water supply, then it would only survive for up to six days.

Generally, if your dog goes without food for a whole two days, there is a significant cause for worry and an indicator that your doggie certainly needs medical assistance from the veterinarian.

Possible explanations as to why your Dog is not Eating

A state when your canine friend barely eats is known as anorexia. To get the right remedial measure for your dog’s problem, knowing the root cause is vital.

There are a variety of reasons why your dog is not eating. Here is a list of some of them.

  • Dental illness

If your dog has not been eating for quite some time, you should check out their mouth because something may not be right. Some conditions of the mouth may cause quite some discomfort even to us human beings such as a cavity, a loose tooth, chronic gingivitis, an oral tumor or a broken tooth. These conditions deprive someone of all peace and trust me; the situation will still be the same with your dog.

  • A recent vaccination

Vaccines are inevitable for every other pet. They play a very critical role in preventing our dogs from being prone to certain diseases, some which are quite chronic and could lead to fatalities. Some of the vaccines have adverse effects such as loss of appetite which is temporary in most cases. In the long run, these vaccines are worth as they have saved millions and millions of pets over the years.

  • Personal Behavior

Some dogs just cannot eat in certain situations. For instance, if their food bowl is at an uncomfortable height, they barely make any effort to get their kibble. In other situations, it could be discomfort caused by the presence of another dog, with which they are barely compatible probably due to its aggressive nature. This is likely to cause your dog so much discomfort that it can barely eat.

  • New environment

You have to agree with me that traveling could at times make you motion sick, especially if you are traveling along a rough stretch of the road. If you took your dog with you on such a trip, the motion sickness could be one of the reasons why his appetite deteriorates.

It could also be the new surrounding which causes your canine friend to be nervous, hence affecting its ability to eat.

  • Illness

If your dog goes for a whole 48 hours without eating, you need to be worried. In that case, you should seek immediate help for your canine friend from the veterinarian. There are several diseases whose symptoms include reduced appetite such as kidney failure, pain, cancer, systemic infections and complications within the liver.

You have to agree that all these diseases are quite sensitive and failure to attend to them in the right way time and will most likely lead to the death of your dog.


Measures to take when your dog just won’t eat

  • Is your canine friend ill?

If your dog no longer runs to its bowl when it sees you filling it with kibble during meal time, it could be sick. If this is the situation, consult your vet and let him test your dog’s poop, urine, and blood.

In serious conditions, they may recommend an ultrasound or an X-ray. These tests will help in diagnosing the disease your canine friend could be suffering from and get the right remedy for the situation.

  • Withdraw the treats

If you are used to giving your dog way too many treats, when he starts showing symptoms of disinterest in food, you need to cut down on the treats. Most of the treats are snacks which have a high-calorie content which is not quite appealing for your dog. Too many treats will make your canine friend not hungry during mealtime, and this will make it disregard its kibble.

  • Feed your dog during distinct times

Having a regular schedule within which you feed your canine friend is ideal since you can almost be sure that at that particular time he will be hungry. An ideal schedule is two times per day.

  • Creating a conducive environment during meals time

Discomfort during mealtime is one of the probable reasons why your dog does not want to eat. To make the situation better, you can set your dog aside if you are used to feeding it together with other dogs which are aggressive.
If the height of the bowl is the problem, then you can remedy the situation by placing the bowl in a more comfortable position.

Dangers which your Dog is Prone to when he goes for Days without Eating

If your pooch does not feed for several days, he is prone to suffer from some complications. These complications may have adverse effects on your dog, and therefore you need to make sure that your feline friend is always properly fed. 

They include:

  • Dehydration
  • Quick and easy agitation which may cause it to bite
  • Reduced physical activity which could make your canine friend more sluggish
  • Minimal state of alertness


From the article, I am sure that you now have the facts on how long can a dog go without eating, the reasons why your canine friend has reduced appetite and the remedies to the problems as well as the dangers it is prone to for not eating.

Being the caring dog owner that you are, your pooch solely relies on you for his well being. If you notice any change in your dog’s eating habits, it is only right that you seek to remedy the situation in the right way. Try as much as possible to make sure your dog eat as normally as possible.
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