Huskies have long had issues when it comes to eating. They don’t require much food for sustained energy and they also have very sensitive stomachs. This leads to a very common situation of huskies not eating their food. This article covers why and what you can do about it.
The 6 Reasons Why Your Husky Won’t Eat:
1. Disagreeing With Their Food
2. Lack of Exercise
3. No Daily Feeding Routine
4. Not Comfortable In His Environment
5. Bored of The Food
6. Other Health Issues
Everything will be explained in full detail below.
Why Isn’t My Husky Eating? 6 Main Reasons
1. Disagreeing With Their Food ⭐
Ensure your husky is eating high-quality dog food made with natural whole ingredients. As well as being from a trusted source.
If your husky doesn’t feel too good after eating his food, he’ll be inclined to leave it the next time you give it to him. Your husky likely has a “soft” stomach and digestive system, just like most other huskies. If he eats something that makes him feel bad, he’ll reject it the next time.
Make sure protein levels are high. Protein is essential for keeping your husky strong and it also digests easily.
Although fat consumption is important, it’s much harder to digest and the extra stress on the digestive system certainly won’t help.
Ensure protein is high, with only small-moderate fat and carbohydrate levels.
Try to avoid using dog food with common allergens like soy, wheat, corn, dairy, eggs, chicken, lamb, and beef. Yes, believe it or not, chicken isn’t always the best, despite being the most popular!
Related Read: Best food for huskies with sensitive stomachs
2. Lack of Exercise ⭐
By nature, huskies are not greedy, so he needs to have a reason to eat.
Making sure your husky is adequately exercised every day will give him a good appetite.
Huskies were bred to run and work on very little food. Over thousands of years of living like this, their body has developed an extremely efficient metabolism, meaning they only need a small amount of food for a lot of energy.
Your husky needs intensive exercise for at least 2 hours per day. Consisting of running, hiking, agility training, sled pulling, and of course, throwing his favorite ball in the park.
Without intensive exercise, it’s very likely that he won’t feel the need to eat his food.
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3. No Daily Feeding Routine ⭐
If your husky is grazing throughout the day on treats or your leftovers (not recommended) it’s possible he just isn’t hungry when dinner time comes.
If your husky doesn’t have an established eating time, it’s extremely likely that he won’t be hungry when you put his food down.
One of the great benefits of having set times is that you’re training your husky to be hungry at that time of the day. Increasing the chance he actually wants to eat his food when you give it to him.
Just remember that feeding times should be based on his exercise. Always give your husky 2 hours to digest food before exercising him, and 30 minutes after exercising before any feeding.
4. Not Comfortable In His Environment ⭐
Huskies are very sensitive to their environment and are very in-tune with their survival instincts.
As it happens, eating is one of the times when wild animals become hyperaware, as this is often a vulnerable moment.
Despite domestication happening a long time ago, this is still ingrained into huskies today.
When each mealtime comes around, your husky will need to feel safe, secure, and comfortable in his environment in order to eat his meal normally.
If there are distractions and unfamiliar noises or smells from other animals in the area, it’s likely your husky won’t eat his food.
This is surprisingly common and it’s sometimes a good idea to try moving his food bowl into a different room. This may be enough to get him eating again.
5. Bored of The Food ⭐
This is a little bit harder to know but your husky may just be bored with the same food.
Even if you initially found something that your husky loved to eat, this can always change one day.
It’s a good idea to think about changing it once in a while if your husky seems continuously less excited to eat every mealtime.
Although, try to refrain from constantly changing, as this could lead to an upset stomach. Find something that works well and stick with that for a while as long as he enjoys eating it.
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6. Underlying Health Issues ⭐
In the worst cases, he may not be eating due to underlying health issues.
If you are unable to identify a possible explanation for why he isn’t eating, be ready to make an appointment with your Veterinarian. If he doesn’t eat for 2 days, he needs to see a vet.
Siberian Huskies and many other northern breeds suffer from Zinc Deficiency. Zinc is one of the most important minerals in their body, responsible for many necessary processes.
The Zinc deficiency problem in huskies causes many health issues and a lack of appetite can be one of the symptoms.
To properly rule out any medical conditions you need to visit your local veterinarian for a complete check-up.
Related Article: 5 Ways To Help Your Husky Gain Weight
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How Long Can a Husky Go Without Eat?
A good question a reader asked me pertaining this issue is how long their husky can actually go without eating.
Technically speaking, An otherwise healthy adult husky can go quite some time (5-7 days) without eating before it becomes life-threatening (ONLY if he is still drinking water)
If your husky is also refusing water this is a completely different situation and you should seek help from your veterinarian within 24 hours.
If you have a husky PUPPY or SENIOR then again, this is a more delicate situation and you should seek help from your local vet no longer than 24 hours after it started.
5 Ways To Encourage Your Husky To Start Eating Again
1. Eliminate common allergens from his diet
Make sure you are aware of the common food allergens and then work to remove them from your husky’s normal food. This could be the necessary change your husky is waiting for. In this article, I recommend the 4 best foods for huskies with sensitive stomachs
2. Change the protein source to fish, duck, turkey, salmon
While people often think their dog loves chicken, beef, and pork, they’re actually all common allergens to most dogs. Protein that comes from either duck, turkey, or salmon digests better and doesn’t cause reactions.
3. Add in extra flavor to their food (healthy)
There are many healthy ways you can increase the flavor of your dog’s food. I have a full article on helping your husky gain weight, which includes healthy ways to make his food yummier.
4. Create proper feeding times and stick to them
Train your husky to be hungry at certain times of the day. As dinner time approaches his body clock will be getting ready to eat. You can even take this further by limiting the time you keep his food bowl down.
This is a clever method that plays on his instinctive behavior. I go through this in more detail on my other article helping huskies gain weight
5. Increase your husky’s exercise 🐶
A no-brainer way to increase your husky’s appetite is to exercise him more. The breed has been bred for thousands of years working very hard on small diets. Huskies need a lot of exercise to ramp up their appetite. Without intensive exercise, it’s extremely likely he won’t feel hungry.
Consider Switching To Human-Grade Dog Food
It’s argued that one of the best forms of dog food is human-grade dog food. This diet is considered a step up from traditional dog food, but not as extreme as the raw food diet.
This is a particularly interesting topic and I’ve got a great review of a company in another article. It’s worth checking out. Pet Plate For Huskies
This runs through the pros and cons and takes a detailed look at the food and the company behind it all.
🐶 Thank you for reading!
The best way to really deal with these issues is to be attentive and arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. Catching this behavior early will better help you solve it quickly, and catch health issues before they develop into something worse (if health issues are the cause).
Always monitor your husky or any dog and if he refuses to eat completely for more than a day, I recommend being safe and visiting your local veterinarian for professional advice and help.
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