If your dog isn’t eating and you have not seen your vet, there is a chance that they may be experiencing a serious illness that can’t be treated such as cancer. At this difficult time, your priorities can be to ensure that you do the best by your dog during an emotional and upsetting period for you and your family. As long as a dog receives water on a regular basis every day and remains hydrated, it’s possible for a canine to live for seven days without food before vital organs in their body begin to shut down. Without water, this lifespan is restricted to roughly three days.
Unfortunately, these projections cannot be completely accurate as the exact period of survival depends on the type of dog you have. A Chihuahua is likely to be more dependent on food than a dog that weighs more than 40 lbs after all, especially as the latter will have body fat that will sustain the canine for longer.
It’s a difficult question to ask, but if you ever feel that you cannot manage the expense of feeding your dog every day, bear in mind that there are alternatives to watching your canine starve to death. For example, you will be able to turn over your dog to the shelter where they will be able to receive all of the nutrition they need, being cared for properly if you underestimated the responsibilities of having your own pet. There is no shame in this: After all, it’s far better to help your dog find a new home than to see it suffer needlessly.
A dog can survive for quite a while without food but it depends on their health and physical condition before the period of starvation. It is said that they can go without food for about three or four weeks without access to food. Thus they can survive for a longer period than human. But food is a source of water too apart from the daily amount of drinking water.
But it is harder for a dog without water. Water deprivation would cause dehydration and in extreme hot weathers it can even lead to short in as short as a day. But otherwise the longest period a dog can survive without water is as long as a week. Dogs ideally need fresh water daily just like humans. Salt water can create problems in dogs and many also believe that it can cause diarrhoea.
I actually googled the same question because it's been 3 days since my dog ate anything. I had her at the vet this morning, and while there she acted like she was so much better. Tonight, she is back to hardly being able to move her back end, and she trembles. She had what I though was a pancreatitis attack with 4 episodes of vomiting. No more vomiting since the first day, but she still feels bad and won't eat. I was told her liver panel was off the charts. She was sent home with meds for this and told to return in 24 hours if no better and to do a follow up liver panel in 2 weeks. I'm certain whoever asked the question in the first place had the same concerns as me. I would force feed my dog if I though she would die tomorrow. Since that is not the case, I will let her decide what is best for her....at least for another day or two.
Maybe people just care about their sick dogs and want to make sure they arent just going to die. My dog wont eat at all. We have tried to feed her and she wont eat. So don't say ppl are starving their dogs. They just want to know. Jerks.
People want to know this because their dogs are sick or are in trouble!!!!!
My dog came home from the kennel really sick and has not eaten in 4 days. After 3 trips to the vets, I'm still worried I'm going to lose her. The answers on this website make me feel a little better esp since she does drink water. My vet told me to give her Gatorade-which she is keeping down.
My dog has cancer and hasn't eaten in 4 days, not anything! I know death is near, but I want to know how his not eating will contribute to the timing of his death. He is very skinny and lethargic, but still wants to retrieve a ball.
Normally a dog over a year old, does not get parvo! It is probably a bacterial infection or a parasite in the intestines. The only way to get rid of it, is to take it to the vet. Best of luck to you and your dog!
My dog has kidney problems and has been on a drip for 4 days to bring down toxic levels in his blood. The levels are down so we just brought him home and he hasn't eaten for at least 6 days and he's still not eating chicken which he loves to eat. Now hes starting to get some shivers and looks wonky when he walks. If he doesnt eat he wont recover. Thats the kind of reason that someone would ask this question.
I'm not wanting to scare you but I would take her to the vet asap. A week ago my dog ended up fatigued, wouldnt eat, drink water like crazy, got bloody diarrhea, then got so weak he wouldnt drink water no more, got dehydrated and died. I researched these symptoms and its came up as every symptom of parvo. Hope your dog gets well soon.
Dogs should NEVER go without food or water! Some say after 6 days of no water Euthanasia is best, considering the welfare of the dog! Organs stop, systems break down after food or water is absent for days.
It depends on the size of dog (large, small), the dog's condition
pregnant or ill) and the weather (hot or cold). Though, one can
live awhile without food, no animal (or person) can live long
without water. If you have found an animal in such a state,
don't wait to see for yourself. Call animal control right away
or take it to the pound, yourself. Dying of thirst or starvation
is not a pleasant way to go. Euthanasia is far better than either.
Getting food and water is even better than that.
My dog is 16 years old and has lost her appetite. We are giving her chocolate eclairs and milk to keep her going, if she was human she would be on a liquid replacement drink , she has always liked drinking tea, so hopefully milk will keep her going for a bit longer, she would probably eat steak but she should be on a low protein diet, so I'm sticking to anything she will eat, the vet said that I should give her anything she wants .I hope this helps.