There are a few things that you have to take into consideration when trying to determine why your older dog won’t eat.
Chances are that if you’re reading this article then you’re struggling with what to do when your senior fur baby shows no interest in his or her meals. We’ve certainly fought this battle more than once over the years and know how upsetting it can be.
Why is My Old Dog Not Eating?
There are many reasons that can cause an older dog to stop eating:
- Disease or illness should be your first suspicion.
- Bad teeth – If you don’t clean your dog’s teeth regularly, your dog could be in a great deal of pain due to periodontal problems. Abscessed teeth and bacteria under the gum line can go to your dog’s heart quickly and also be deadly. Learn how to naturally and easily clean your dogs teeth without brushing here.
- Dogs DO get depressed. Consider including a CBD Oil like this one to help with nervousness or anxiety and exercise your dog daily!
- Poor, unhealthy food choices. Your dog was and NEVER will be meant to live on kibble. Ever. For any dog to thrive, they must be fed the appropriate diet for their genetic makeup.
The Effect that Your Dog’s pH Balance Has on His Appetite & Health
If you’re already feeding a healthy home made diet for your dog and you’re dog no longer wants to eat, then you should suspect that it could be something serious.
Assuming that you’ve taken your old dog to the vet and they’ve given your pet a diagnosis (or maybe not) of kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, stones, pancreatitis, etc., please consider contacting us to so that we can help restore your dog’s pH balance in the body. We do this using FOOD. Understand that we are not giving medical advice, instead providing nutritional help.
Your dog’s body works to carefully monitor the pH levels of blood and other bodily fluids. When your old dog is sick and won’t eat, this means the body is either too acidic or too alkaline. In order to overcome any sickness, healthy pH levels are a must for your senior dog. Disease and sickness are typically secondary to unhealthy pH levels in a dog’s body.
Urine pH determines whether the food your dog is eating is working or not. Karen Becker, DVM says that normal healthy urine pH for dogs is between 6 – 6.5 which is just slightly acidic and good for dogs.
It’s critical to keep your dog’s urine pH around 6.5 and always below 7.0 to avoid the urine becoming too alkaline and cause the development of struvite crystals. To complicate things even more, a pH below 6 can cause calcium oxalate stones.
Dog’s that eat dry dog foods and especially grain based diets are at a higher risk of the dog’s urine becoming too alkaline. These foods also cause urine concentration and ammonia pH to escalate as well.
So, you see why it’s important to understand your senior dog’s pH levels and where they stand. Your dog cannot heal from anything when the pH in the body is out of whack. If your old is sick and not eating, then he needs help right away.
You can purchase strips from your pharmacy and test your dog’s urine at home so that you know where your dog’s pH levels are, however, this won’t help the immediate situation.
If Your Senior Dog is Lethargic, Sick and Not Eating
Like ours, your dog’s entire body thrives off of water. This means that every part of your dog’s body including his or her brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and skin are affected by the dog’s level of hydration. When your dog is fully hydrated, this means your dog will have higher energy levels, better skin, a healthy cardiovascular system and renal system and more.
Dogs that are extremely sick to the point of not eating on their own are likely dehydrated. If your dog is extremely sick and not eating on their own, your dog needs immediate help. A day or two of doing nothing is critical to how your dog moves forward. Please contact us using the link below.
We can share some quick recommendations to provide your dog with the immediate help he or she needs to thoroughly hydrate his entire body including and most importantly, his internal organs. Another thing that most of these dogs are suffering from, is an overload of toxins. This is especially true when the dog’s kidneys and liver aren’t functioning properly.
Our Quick Recommendations help by immediately supplying your dog’s body with vital nutrients that detoxify your dog’s body nutritionally, balance pH levels and speed up natural recovery.
These are age old concepts using WHOLE foods that are found in your local super markets and health food stores. This is about more than recommending just supplements that cannot repair this damage alone.
These principles immediately start to supply your dog’s body with healing nutrition. Dogs often feel better the next day or two or within up to 5 days if the dog is going to respond. We’ve helped many dogs who were stuck in a nutritional crisis and needed immediate help. MANY have bounced back.
There is no better way than with the right foods to do this. Foods that the dog’s body IMMEDIATELY absorbs to start removing toxins, balance the pH levels and help the dog to feel better.
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I contacted Janie in hopes for help to know what to do for our little Kinsler who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Failure. She immediately offered help for Kinsler. At that time he was not eating and Janie suggested a quick solution of whole foods. I had a time getting the greens down him, but it worked!
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