Sometimes it can be hard to get a dog to eat his complete and balanced dog food. However, there is a big difference between a dog who is a finicky eater, and one who stops eating altogether. Follow these tips to make sure that your dog is getting the nutrition he needs from the proper place – his dog food.
Similar to a child who refuses to eat anything but chicken nuggets, a finicky dog only wants to eat the food he’s used to. He may refuse to eat if you suddenly change his food or if he’s been fed too many table scraps.
Here are some common causes of finicky eating and what to do to try to fix them:
• Don’t worry! It’s common for dogs to eat less in warmer weather conditions. His appetite should pick back up once it cools off.
Sudden Change in Diet
- If you’re bringing home a new dog, make sure to buy the type, flavor and brand of food he’s been eating.
- If you need to make a switch, mix the old food with the new food, and slowly decrease the amount of old food over a 7-10 day period.
Getting Food From Somewhere Else
- Shower your dog with lots of love and affection instead of table scraps and treats.
- Dogs are known to be garbage pickers, so make sure to keep the can out of his reach.
- Try to feed your dog at the same time(s) every day. This is a great way to get the whole family involved- designate certain family members to specific feeding time(s).
Refusal to Eat
On the other hand, if your dog completely stops eating or reluctantly eats only small amounts, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Refusal to eat could signify anything from sore teeth to a serious internal problem.
Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.
Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.