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ivanm5
Mon, Dec 18, 2023

woke up this morning for food and did not eat it, but acting normal. playing with toys, running around.


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Dogs can be sensitive to changes, and even small alterations can sometimes put them off their food. Stress, new foods, or even a different feeding time can be factors.

Teething can cause discomfort and a temporary disinterest in food. At three months old, your puppy is likely starting to lose his baby teeth and grow his adult teeth. And gastrointestinal upset, such as an upset stomach or intestinal parasites, could be responsible. If he's had a recent change in diet or ingested something unusual, this could be the cause.

At home, you can encourage eating by ensuring his food is fresh and at room temperature. Sometimes warming the food slightly can make it more appealing.

It's reassuring that he's playing and active, which suggests that this may not be an emergency. However, monitor him for any additional signs of illness, such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, or a change in drinking habits.

If he continues to refuse food for more than 24 hours, or if he exhibits any other concerning symptoms, it would be wise to seek veterinary attention. Puppies can dehydrate quickly and may require intervention if they're not taking in enough nutrients.

In the meantime, keep track of his behavior, bowel movements, and any other changes. Ensure he has access to clean water at all times and continue to offer his regular food at the usual times.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.