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Why a Drop In Appetite on Low Carb?
Appetite drops after the dog adjusts to “low carb” feeding, as the glucose roller coaster stops driving insulin. Appetite depression stems from the fact that the diet is probably three times more calorie dense than regular dog food. To meet their needs for calories (in the absence of carbs) they only need a little bit each day. It’s high in fat. But in the absence of carbs, they don’t get fat on it because they USE the fat, not storing it.
Additionally, appetite drops off because the brain starts to function normally, and appetite is driven by the hypothalamus / hippocampus and these two organs drive appetite for a good body weight to escape predators and catch prey. The body naturally seeks a healthy level of weight to keep it fit for survival. Um, except when it’s getting sugars and stuff far more tasty than anything found in nature. (Just like us) See johnsonvet.com/picky for thorough coverage of this.
Appetite can drop off (even to zero) until the most excess of fat on the dog, the really large-surpluses are burned. This can be a day or three. Possibly more for the morbidly obese.
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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.