Want to watch this video? Sign up for the course here. Or enter your email below to watch one free video.

Unlock This Video Now for FREE

This video is normally available to paying customers.
You may unlock this video for FREE. Enter your email address for instant access AND to receive ongoing updates and special discounts related to this topic.

Earlier we discussed knowing what was normal for your pet. This is important with appetite, as if they are usually fast eaters, getting excited about their dinner but now they are not interested or sniff it and then walk away there could be a problem.

It may be that there is a problem with the quality of the food and it may not smell right or maybe they don't like the flavour. It may not be something you need to rush them to the vet with but you do need to keep a close eye on it as they will soon lose condition. Maybe give them treats to see if they eat them which could indicate that there is a problem with the food quality rather than a medical problem. Deco is a fussy eater and she does not like some flavours of her food but Ella will eat anything so if Ella was to refuse food, this would be more of a concern initially and with Deco it may just be she does not want it.

If they are also not drinking, this does make the situation more urgent as not drinking will dehydrate them quickly.

Dental problems can cause pain when they eat which could put them off their food.

A loss of appetite can be the first sign of a serious underlying medical condition and if it continues for more than 24 hours they will soon become weak and it will negatively affect their health. In puppies, they can drop in the condition much faster and it can be much more serious.

It’s a good idea to know your pet's weight. Weigh yourself and then pick up your pet and deduct the two weights to know their weight. If you know what's normal, you will know if they put on weight or lose weight. If they have lost more than 10% of their weight, this is an important marker to take them to the vet as it could indicate a serious medical condition.