I have a 10 week old beagle that I have had for a week. The first 5 days she ate well with no problems. I have been unable to get her to eat for the last two days. She threw up a few times yesterday but other than that she does not act sick. Still wants to play with her toys and chew etc. Any ideas? Thanks, Darryl
Are you giving the puppy dry food? If so are you giving the right amount? Could you be over-feeding? Try this: Put a little bit of the dry food and add some water. Not much but just let it all get a little wet. Leave it for a while. Does it expand? If so, then that is how it works in the puppies tummy and it is just bloated.
You either can wet it a bit so it grows in the bowl and not so much in his tummy. Prepare the food sometime ahead. Also, try giving him a little sugar and water so that it helps settle his tummy.
Make sure that you are following the right food amount for his age and weight and his breed. Meaning that sometimes they will say 11/2 to 3/1/2 cups of food a day. For larger breeds you go to the extreme but for smaller breeds you go to the first or somewhere in the middle.
Good luck and let us know what happens. (as long as he is playing and not lethergic not to worry)
I had the same problem with our new puppy. He did have worms that were making him feel awful. Within 2 days after seeing the vet, he was feeling much better and eating better. Check his poop for worms or even a little blood.
When I first got my puppy, she too got sick several days after we got her. For my puppy, it turned out to be a combination of the wrong type of food, as well as, a slight case of separation anxiety. I changed her to Nutro, a natural puppy food without by-products. That resolved her problems quickly. Some dogs just can't eat foods with by-products. There are many natural foods out there. You might need to try several ones before you find the one that works best for your puppy. Yes, natural dog foods do cost more, but is well worth the extra money for your puppy's great health.
I suggest that you look at the ingredients to make sure there are no by-products; no corn; no soy; no wheat; no white rice; no artificial colors and flavorings, and no chemical preservatives.
All dogs are different when it comes to foods and their health. You might find that another dog does great on a certain food while yours doesn't. You'll need to try perhaps several foods before you find the best one for your dog. I feed my puppy Hershey, Nutro Ultra Puppy dry dog food and also sometimes a little canned food as a treat. She is doing very well on Nutro. Since my Hershey loved the samples of Wellness, it's quite possible that I will one day change her over to Wellness. Wellness has premium protein meat, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant extract, and whole grains. Wellness has no by-products, just like Nutro. Hershey will more than likely do well also with Wellness. I will have to wait though until she gets low on her Nutro Ultra before I decide to make that change in her diet.
No pupppy/dog will intentionally starve itself to death. If all checks out okay with the vet, don't worry. Leave fresh dry food out along with fresh water. If your puppybaby is healthy..confirmed by your vet..it'll eat when it gets hungry..Nature will take it's course...Been there!
There are other organisms besides 'worms' that could make your puppy a little sick or not want to eat. It could be the beginning signs of coccida or guardia. If puppy doesn't start to eat, at least take a fecal sample to your vet to make sure it's not any type of parasites. Good luck.