How to Increase Dog Appetite Control

Dogs have an innate desire to rummage through trash cans to look for food. There are certain breeds though, like beagles and retrievers that are famous for how non selective they are when it comes to food. There's an old wives tale that says that dogs only eat what they need, but in some cases this is not necessarily so. Some dogs are not concerned about what they eat, and there are dogs that develop strange and repulsive eating habits.

Ruling out the obvious reasons: There are many reasons a dog's appetite can increase. If your dog has been getting a lot of exercise lately, meaning it's using a lot of calories, obviously the dog's body will need that "fuel" back. If your dog is pregnant, she will need to eat more too. Dogs that are still growing or young also need more food than older sedentary dogs. It's also possible that the dog is just not get the right amount of food for its size and weight, to avoid this, read the indications that come on the bags of food you buy for the dogs, which will tell you the correct amount of food to givedepending on the dogs size etc. If you have any doubts about this, it's best to just ask your veterinarian about it. Ask him also to weigh your dog to make sure that he is not losing weight. One last observation to keep in mind; if your dog is on a diet, obviously he is going to always look like he is starving.
If you have discarded all of the previous possibilities, it's possible that your dog has a health problem and needs to be seen by the veterinarian. Sometimes an increased appetite can be a sign of parasites in the intestines. The veterinarian will be able to see if the dog has parasites very easily by analyzing a sample of the dog's feces. It's convenient to go ahead and take a sample of the dog's feces before you see the veterinarian since he or she will most likely ask you for one. If parasites are not the cause, the veterinarian will need to look into the dogs eating habits. It's also possible that the dog has a behavior problem that is causing him to feel unsatisfied with the amount of food he is getting. The veterinarian will probably also ask you if the dog's feces look any different, since this can indicate an intestinal malfunction.

Dog Eating disorders: There are other disorders that can also cause dogs appetite to change such as renal and pancreatic problems, one of which includes diabetes mellitus (sugar in the blood). So if you are going to take your dog to get a check up, make sure to take a urine sample so the veterinarian can test it. Kidney disorders cause a loss of proteins and muscular tone, and this then causes the dog to try to replace that loss by eating more. There are certain medicines that also increase a dog's appetite so it's convenient to ask your veterinarian about this if your dog is taking some type of medication at the moment.

seeFIDOPuppy's healthDog Intestinal Questions and AnswersDog Flatulence and ConstipationDog DiarrheaDog Diarrhea and other intestinal problemsDog Vomiting Questions and AnswersDog VomitingDog Equilibrium Questions and AnswersDog's Apparent loss of EquilibriumReasons for loss of Dog's EquilibriumDog's Loss of EquilibriumWhat to do if your dog vomitsWhen to call your dog's veterinarianDog Convulsion Questions and answersReasons for dog convulsionsDog Convulsions and Epileptic fitsInformation for Dog's VetDog Fainting or collapseDog Respiratory Questions and AnswersDog ChokingDog Respiratory problemsWhen adult dogs can't control themselvesControl of the sphinctersIncreased dog appetite