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Generally speaking, dogs aren’t averse to food because they manage to relish waste food products and garbage. However, at times these adorable four-legged creatures can have an aversion to food for no apparent reason. If this happens with your dog then you should use appetite stimulants for the purpose of re-igniting your dog’s interest in food.
Keep in mind that the loss of appetite in dogs can be a symptom of an underlying illness. Therefore, before you try using appetite stimulants on your dog you should take it to a veterinarian first to ensure that your dog is not ill. If it is not something serious and your dog is not diagnosed with any disease then you can resume with the act of using stimulants to counter this condition.
There may be many reasons responsible for the loss of appetite in dogs and some of these may be medical ones. Some of the common medical reasons are digestive problems, intestinal obstruction, respiratory problems, liver or kidney problems, parasites in their stomachs, oral problems, worm infestation and many more. Other than this, anxiety, aging, stress, change in weather and lack of exercise can additionally cause loss of appetite in dogs.
Appetite stimulants for dogs are available in various forms. These may be herbs, alternative medicines, medicines or food supplements. Of course it goes without saying that it is better to use natural stimulants on your dog first as opposed to using medications. If the former doesn’t work then you can use the latter. Herbs like fennel, chamomile, celery seed, dandelion, milk thistle, peppermint, alfalfa, ginger, dill, etc. are great appetite stimulants. Just sprinkle a small amount I on your dog’s food and watch its appetite increase. Alternatively, you can also mix a small amount of chopped garlic in your dog’s food to generate the same results.
You might also want to try giving your dog health supplements because vitamins are known to be effective when it comes to increasing your dog’s appetite. Multivitamins and B vitamins are best for this purpose. Apart from using stimulants which have to be ingested in your dog’s stomach, you can try using ones that can be applied on it. Using essential oils such as rose oil can help to stimulate your dog’s appetite. To do this, simply apply a couple of drops of rose oil on your dog’s collar and it will have the same effect. In addition to this you can also work out your dog a little more to improve his/her appetite.