Are Changes in Your Pet’s Eating During Warmer Months Normal?
- 31 March 2017
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- Pet Wants
Summer is just around the corner, bringing warmer weather and possible changes in your pet’s eating habits. While high temperatures can mean eating less pet food, other causes should be considered. If there is any doubt about what is going on with your pet, a vet should be consulted immediately.
Like humans, animals tend to be less active when the weather is really hot. Your pet may choose to sleep rather than play, and the reduced activity will result in a smaller appetite. It is also common for an animal to eat very little one day and return to normal consumption on the following day. As long as your pet is drinking water and otherwise seems normal, there is likely nothing to worry about.
While most pets resume normal routines once the weather cools down, you should remain vigilant to signs of possible health problems.
Food Changes: Your pet may need some time to adjust to a new diet. But if more than a week passes with the animal eating very little, it is time to make an appointment for a checkup.
Depression and Anxiety: Animals can suffer from mood shifts just like humans, which can cause them to eat less. This can be triggered by moving to a new home, kids going back to school, a divorce or a death in the family. Giving your pet love and reassurance while it adjusts to its new circumstances will help it to cope and return to normal appetite levels.
Eating Elsewhere: Animals love to be around people. If you are gone all day, your pet may decide to go socialize with the neighbors who may offer it food or treats. While these intentions are good, this can cause your pet to not be hungry and possibly refuse food when at home. Making sure your pet stays at home in the yard or the house will help it regain a proper eating routine.
Hidden Illness or Injury: Not all medical problems are obvious, and animals often will hide sickness or injuries from their caretakers. If your pet is not eating and is also refusing water, vomiting, having diarrhea, losing weight or acting aggressively, chances are there is a bigger problem than the hot weather.
While it is true that a pet’s eating habits can change during the hot summer months, there could also be an underlying health issue. If your pet does not return to normal when the weather moderates or shows any of the warning signs covered above, a vet checkup should be scheduled for your pet.
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