Dear VetBabble: Why is My New Dog Not Eating But Still Drinking Water and Sleeping a Lot?
One of our readers recently brought home a new dog that won’t eat much but is drinking water and appears to be quite sleepy. They’re wondering if this is normal for a dog in a new environment and if there is anything they can do to help their furry friend. We’re here to provide some helpful insight and guidance for pet owners experiencing a similar issue.
Adjustment to a New Environment
It’s fairly common for dogs to experience some degree of stress when they are introduced to a new environment. This stress can cause them to have a reduced appetite, especially during the first few days. Drinking water and being alert, however, are good signs that your dog is still aware of their surroundings and taking care of their basic needs. The additional sleep could simply be their way of coping with the stress of their new home. To learn more about this issue, please read our article, Why Won’t My Dog Eat?
How to Encourage Your Dog to Eat
If your dog isn’t eating well, there are a few things you can try to encourage their appetite. Some suggestions include mixing in some boiled chicken, dog-grade gravy, or lean meats into their kibble. You can also try adding a small amount of warm water to their dry food to make it easier for them to chew and swallow. When it comes to their feeding area, make sure you provide comfortable, clean Food and Water Bowls for your dog to reduce any additional stress. If your dog’s appetite has still not improved after a few days of trying these methods, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues.
Potential Health Concerns
Although most dogs will gradually adjust to their new environment and begin eating regularly, there are some instances where a lack of appetite and excessive sleeping may be indicative of an underlying health issue. In these cases, it’s crucial to seek veterinary advice as soon as possible. For instance, if your dog is also experiencing vomiting, you’ll want to read our guide on Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment & When to Worry to better understand the potential causes and treatments. Be sure to avoid food that may be harmful to your dog by consulting our list of the 10 Worst Foods For Your Dog.
In summary, while it’s not uncommon for a newly adopted dog to take a few days to adjust to their new environment, you should still keep a close eye on their eating habits and overall wellbeing. By offering them a comfortable, stress-free space and nutritious food, most dogs should begin to eat and drink regularly in no time. If you continue to have concerns about your dog’s health, be sure to contact your veterinarian for professional advice. Good luck, and remember, we’re always here to help answer your pet-related questions!