What Can You Do about Dogs That Are Picky Eaters

Dogs that are picky eaters can be a problem for the owner.

Some dogs love to eat.  Others are very selective. 

Most likely, if a dog has been a picky eater from the beginning, it will always be a picky eater.  As long as the dog is healthy and has a healthy coat, it should not be a cause for worry.

There are exceptions to this.  My dog, Romeo, was very picky about eating for the first two years of his life.  Sometimes he would go for a couple of days without touching his food.

In his case, his hair looked scruffy.  He was obviously not getting the nutrition he needed.  We tried different kinds of food with no luck.

We finally started feeding him the best quality dog food.  He loves the food and has not been a picky eater since.

I do one thing to give him a little variety.  Since I know that he gets the best nutrition from his dry dog food, I continue feeding him that twice a day.  But on Friday and Saturday nights,  I mix ½ can of canned food (produced by the same company) with his dry food.  He absolutely loves it.

I read an excellent article at WebMD.com.  It’s called “When Your Dog Is a Picky Eater” by Jennifer Dixon.

It addresses dogs that are picky eaters.  It discusses when you should be concerned about a dog that is a picky eater and what you can do about it.

Here is a quote from the article:

Wonder why your dog refuses to eat his kibble? You may need to look in the mirror. If you give your canine yummy table scraps all day long, he’s likely to turn up his nose at a dinner of just plain dog food.

“If you asked your child would she rather eat spinach or a Twinkie, the answer is obvious,” says Louise Murray, DVM, a diplomate ACVIM and director of medicine for ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. “If you’re going to sometimes give your dog bacon for breakfast or steak from your plate, why would you blame him if he shies away from dry dog food?”

The good news is that even though your dog may be a picky eater, there are ways you can encourage healthier eating.

There are two kinds of dogs. The first kind lives to eat. They will devour anything you put in front of them. The second kind eats to live. They pick and choose, take longer to finish meals, and sometimes won’t finish them at all.

A dog’s size, breed, and age often dictate whether he adores food or could care less. “Every Labrador who ever lived is food motivated,” Murray says. Smaller canines, such as Maltese and Yorkies, tend to be more discriminating.

The entire article can be found here.  I encourage you to read the whole article.

Have you dealt with dogs that are picky eaters?  If you will, please let us know how you solved the problem.  Thanks.

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