Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.

Appetite Loss

Some pets scarf down food, some graze, and some regularly skip a meal or two. While these normal variations between pets are not concerning, a change in appetite may indicate an underlying illness or injury. 


Observe changes in how much or how often your pet eats and note any other signs of illness such as vomiting or diarrhea. Offer favorite foods or treats to help determine the severity of appetite loss.


  • Discontinue anti-inflammatory and pain medicines, until your pet is eating regularly. Consult with your vet about the need to stop other oral medications.
  • If possible with a home scale, weigh your pet daily and notice any weight loss.