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English Springer who has lost her appetite

Q: English Springer who has lost her appetite PetPlanet Vets PPAdmin pettalk@petplanet.co.uk My 4 year old female English Springer Spaniel usually has a very good appetite. At dinner time she comes to me to let me know it's time. For the past three days she does not want her dinner. I haven't changed brands. But she still wants her treats which she gets at certain times of the day. This started after a very busy day at the local reservation. She ran, swam and hiked for 3 hours, came home exhausted, ate only part of her dinner which is very unusual and slept. The next two days she would not eat her dinner. It is now day three. What could it be? Thanks for your help.

A:English Springer who has lost her appetite PetPlanet Vets PPAdmin pettalk@petplanet.co.uk I am sorry to hear that your dog has stopped eating - this must be very worrying for you. In general terms, inappetance usually signifies an underlying disorder, which is impossible to determine without seeing the dog. It is possible she may have picked up some infection after her walk, or possible suffered a slight injury such as a strain or sprain which isn't painful enough for you to notice but is enough to make her feel under the weather. The fact that she still looks for her treats and is still bright and lively means that a serious disorder is unlikely, however I would advise you to have her checked over by your vet, to be on the safe side. I hope this is helpful, Sarah Mark BA VetMB MRCVS (Vet for PetPlanet)

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