If your Labrador is not eating, it may be because they are bored of their current food, are a picky eater, prefer to eat at certain times, or have a decreased appetite due to age. If you find anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call a vet.
If you notice broken, loose, or bad teeth, or inflamed gums, it could be one reason why your dog won’t eat. Only your veterinarian can confirm whether this is the case or not.
What should I do if my Labrador doesn’t eat?
Pippa Mattinson is the best-selling author of the Happy Puppy Handbook, Labrador Handbook, Choosing The Perfect Puppy, and Total Recall. An older dog that otherwise appears lively, alert, and happy can have 24 hours to recover from a gut upset. However, if he drags on longer, contact your veterinarian. Some dogs don’t eat when the routine changes a lot or when their family members go on vacation.
However, as mentioned above, contact your vet within 8-12 hours if your dog doesn’t eat and vomits, has diarrhea, or both.
When checking your pet’s body, look for parasites, changes in their coat and skin, and for lumps or injuries.
When should I worry that my dog won’t eat?
You can also organize a game of looting in the garden by throwing all your dogs’ food onto the grass. While some dogs are more compliant than others, this is an element of pet ownership that can test most people’s cunning.
This gets even worse when the dog in question refuses to eat and largely frees you from all the sneaky hide-and-seek tricks you’ve had up your sleeve. Even something as simple as changing the time or location of a meal can make more sensitive dogs feel stressed and make them less likely to eat.
If your dog is not eating, contact a veterinarian within 8-12 hours if vomiting or diarrhea occurs.
How long can a Labrador go without eating?
Some can even go up to seven days without, though you should never let things get this far without taking your dog to the vet. It all depends on the size and health of each dog, how much they move and how hot it is outside.
If your dog can go without food for more than 48 hours (or without alcohol for more than one day), contact your veterinarian to determine the next steps for your dog. Most healthy dogs can safely go three to five days without food, but faster action is needed for young puppies and dogs with underlying conditions.