Dog is Not Eating but Still Drinking Water – Top 3 Reasons Why
Have you ever been around a dog that isn’t eating anything but is still drinking water? This type of situation can happen occasionally and a lot of pet owners are perplexed as to what’s going on. Here are some common reasons why your dog isn’t eating but is still drinking water like normal.
1. Your Dog Has an Upset Stomach
Your dog might have an upset stomach and this is what’s causing him not to eat but still drink some water. It could be something as simple as some nausea or digestive issues caused by eating too quickly or eating too many treats. You should be not giving him treats during this time to encourage him to eat his food. People can get an upset stomach from a number of things, and dogs are the same way.
He might have ran around outside too much, got too hot, or possibly ate a few pieces of grass. It’s possible he went outside and ate a bug or insect that is causing the issue. If your dog is known to get into trash or eat anything on the floor, he might have just tried out eat something nasty and now has an upset stomach. Regardless, he needs a little bit of time to recover from the gastrointestinal upset and knows to avoid food during this time.
2. Your Dog Has a Gastrointestinal Infection
A gastrointestinal infection could be an issue and you should take your dog to the veterinarian if you suspect it’s an infection. Many different digestive disorders could cause an infection including colitis, pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, and malabsorption in the small intestines.
Infections could cause diarrhea, nausea, and other symptoms in your dog. A lot of digestive disorders clear themselves out within a couple days, but if you see other symptoms that aren’t clearing up, you should take your dog to the veterinarian. The veterinarian might prescribe some antibiotics or other medications to clear out the infections if they are lingering for too long.
3. Change in Routine or Environment
Various changes in routine or environment can cause your dog not to have interest in his food. Changes in the food itself could be an issue, especially if your dog is a picky eater. If they didn’t have the normal dog food you buy and you bought something similar, it might be different enough that your dog won’t touch it. Environmental changes also could be the issue, such as stress from moving to a new environment or adding another person or pet into the home.
Your dog loves routine and hates when even the smallest change is made. Making changes in routine or environment needs to be slowly done if possible so that he still has his high confidence level. Changes that you might not even think about, such as feeding in a different area of your home, could be enough to deter your dog from eating.
How Long Can a Dog Go Without Food?
A dog can go without food for five days or even longer, as long as your dog is still drinking water. There is still discussion about just how long a dog can go without eating, but most veterinarians think the window is between five to nine days. So as long as your dog is still drinking water, don’t worry if it’s been a day or two since he chowed down on his kibble. If you notice that your dog stops drinking water and also isn’t eating, this is the time to be concerned and get to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Stories from Pet Owners
Here are some stories of experiences by fellow pet owners who faced the same situation of dogs that drank water but stopped eating for an extended period of time.
Story #1 – Adopted dog not drinking
We adopted a Shih Tzu that’s about five years old. It’s out first time owning a dog and we have been super excited about her joining the family. It’s been about seven months since and I am concerned because she isn’t drinking as much water as we think she should be drinking. I currently use a standard dog water bowl that sits in a holder. I tried using different bowls in the past such as a bowl that sits on the floor and also tried filling up the bowl to various levels. None of this have changed my dog’s drinking behavior. She does drink water when we accidentally spill it or have the faucet running. She just doesn’t drink that much from the bowl.
Story #2 – Playful Puppy is not eating
One week ago, our playful puppy stopped eating his kibbles. We were able to briefly recover his appetite by giving him boiled chicken and squash instead. Around two days ago, we noticed he hasn’t been eating much again despite drinking plenty of water. He remains active and playful so not sure what to make of this situation.
Story #3 – Suddenly stopped eating
I have a six months old Aspin dog. Two nights ago, he was fine and eating like he normally does. Starting yesterday, he stopped eating. He is usually excited when he smells food but hasn’t been showing any enthusiasm since yesterday. He seems pretty low energy at the moment. He won’t eat anything I give him whether that’s dog food, chicken liver, rice, or even sardines. He will drink water when we give it by hand. Aside from the lack of appetite, we did see more discharge coming from his eyes. His poop also seems more like diarrhea than anything solid. Will be taking him to the vet but anyone know why my dog is like this?