Your puppy may not be a fan of the food. Maybe he or she did like it but changed their mind. It might not necessarily be the flavor of the food, but the size of the kibble.
Another factor could be hard and dry food versus soft and wet food.
Your puppy might also be a slow eater. My first dog as an adult was a Papillon named Filbert. He took 30 minutes to eat because he had a ritual.
Filbert would pick out three pellets of food from his bowl, carry them across the room, drop the pellets on the floor, and then chew each one at a time. He repeated this process until his food bowl was empty. Good thing he only weighed seven pounds and had a tiny bowl!
Change in a pup’s life can bring on stress, which can cause loss of appetite. Any change can trigger anxiety in dogs. Here are a few possibilities.
- Is your puppy still adjusting to your home? New environments require a period of adjustment for all dogs. It’s important to be patient and loving as your puppy gets used to his or her new surroundings.
- Is there another pet in the house that’s causing a distressing dynamic? Perhaps your puppy is intimidated by your cat or another dog.
- Is there a recent change in your family’s routine? Maybe you took some time off to potty train your puppy and now you’re back to work. Or you simply rearranged the furniture.
It is possible that the underlying cause of your puppy’s loss of appetite is due to a health issue. Dr. Aycock-Williams says, “Infrequently, puppies may have a health condition like gastrointestinal parasites or a congenital problem that will decrease their appetite or prevent them from eating large amounts of food.”