My Yorkie Is Not Eating, What Should I Do?

Yorkie laid down on a bed

Is your little furry friend refusing to eat? Have you tried many ways to make him ingest food, and nothing seems to work? This post might help you understand the situation and maybe solve it. 

Yorkies are a small breed, and they usually weigh between 4 to 7 pounds, so losing even the slightest amount of weight might have a profound impact on their health. 

The problem or situation

Although your Yorkie is known for being a picky or finicky eater (read our post on 8 things you likely didn’t know about why your Yorkie is refusing to eat), if a constant behavior of rejecting food is developed, it might be cause for concern. 

Every dog owner should be worried when his furry friend: 

  • Is not eating at all 
  • Becomes a fussy eater
  • Food is not tempting anymore
  • Is having less appetite as time passes 
  • The only food he/she doesn’t want to eat is dog food 

Which food is your Yorkie avoiding? 

It is essential to know if your dog is not eating regular dog food, homemade food, or any specific type or brand.

Yorkies are known for being picky eaters. Therefore you should check if this is a minor problem you can solve by just changing the food you’re serving your dog. 

I’ve read and seen many cases where Yorkies are refusing to eat wet food or food served the day before.

An accurate comparison would be: “Yorkies are like cats when it comes to eating,” you might need to trick them a bit in order for them to eat. 

Environmental causes

Some environmental causes might be stoping your little furry friend from eating. Below I’m listing some of them: 

  • Weather: this is a critical one, when there is hot weather, Yorkies tend to eat about 10% less of what they usually do. Keeping your furry partner in a cold environment might help him/her to cool off and eat more. 
  • Changing the food place: Making it hard for your Yorkie to find his food might impact his/her eating behavior. You should avoid changing where you serve the food because your friend is a creature of habits, so you don’t want to mess with his/her daily routine. A suggestion that I make is: always serve the food in the same place, and your Yorkie will know where to find it.
  • Food amount: Sometimes we serve our pets more food than they need or require. If you serve more food than the amount your dog eats, you might think he/she is not eating but he/she might be eating the amount needed. We suggest serving 1/4 to 1/2 cup of food daily; puppies should eat 3 to 4 meals daily and adults, only twice. 
  • Physical activity: if there is a decrease in exercise or daily activities, digestion will slow down, which will cause a lack of hunger. I strongly suggest you take him/her out daily for morning and evening walks. 

Health Issues Related to Eating Refusal 

It’s important to mention that before jumping to conclusions if you see any worrying signs, you should take your Yorkie to the vet to make sure he/she is diagnosed properly and receive proper medical help.

Our article on what no one tells you about common health problems in Yorkies might help you determine other possible causes for loss of appetite in Yorkies.

Here are the most common health issues that might be causing this problem. 

  • Upset stomach: although there are many reasons to have an upset stomach, the primary cause is that your dog ate something he/she was not supposed to eat. Some other causes are stress, bacteria, food sensitivities, etc. 
  • Pancreatitis: This is a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t secrete the digestive juices to the stomach. The main symptoms are pain and loss of appetite; this disease is usually caused by overweight and constant consumption of fatty foods. 
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis: This severe condition usually comes with diarrhea and could make your Yorkie dehydrated. 
  • Fever: Dogs as well as humans, if they have a fever, won’t be hungry and will be reluctant to eat until feeling better. 
  • Medications: Some medications might impact your little friend’s appetite, like corticosteroids. 
  • Other health problems: some other health issues like tooth infection, physical pain, discomfort, and vomiting might affect his/her eating behavior as well. 

Final recommendations 

Yorkies are usually picky eaters, and you might need to keep an eye on them to make sure he/she is eating less or not eating at all. 

After doing much research and based on personal experience, these are the recommendations I make: 

  • Try to keep your dog in places with mildly cold temperatures.
  • Avoid changing the food station; remember that they don’t like changing their habits.
  • Make sure you give the proper amount of food, not less, and not more. With time, you will get to know how much food your Yorkie eats every day and serve him/her based on that. 
  • Take him/her out twice a day; we’re so busy nowadays that sometimes we forget that our friend needs to go out and explore. If you can’t do two walks every day, at least take him outside once. 
  • Be patient, as we humans, dogs don’t always have an appetite. 
  • If you see any alarming sign like:
    • Weight loss
    • Dizziness
    • Not drinking any water
    • Weakness
    • Vomiting 
    • Diarrhea
    • Sign of physical or localized pain

Take your Yorkie to the vet for evaluation and treatment.

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