Dog Not Eating.
by Karen Ramsey
How do you handle a dog not eating regular dog food?
My two rescued pitbulls are the most picky eaters in the universe. I'm currently trying to get them to eat Iams healthy naturals-weight control. This due to my 7 year old female, being a bit overweight.
They only eat once in the morning and once in the evening. They will not eat this or any dry food plain. I must add people food or canned food with it. I know this may not be the best thing to do.
When I resort to ppl food it is boiled chicken and vegtables. The only canned food they seem to like is Alpo and I don't feel that is very healthy. How can I get them to eat just the dry food?
Most ppl I ask just say only give them the dry food no matter what and eventually they eat it. Sounds good in theory until my babies sit and stare at me with the "I'm starving and your mean" look. Of course I eventually give in and all is right with the world. What to do, please help!
I have tried many different types of dry food expensive and inexpensive, they will have none of it alone. Should I be worried? At this point I just want to make sure everybody is happy and healthy and do the best by my angels!
First of all, thank you for choosing rescued pit bulls!
From a nutritional standpoint, I don't think there's anything wrong with adding a bit of meat and vegetables if it makes the kibble more palatable to your dogs. Lots of people cook for their dogs on a regular basis including Rachel Ray (who happens to have a beautiful pit bull named Isaboo).
In my own experience, I've never had a dog that wasn't passionate about their food unless they were sick. So, my first inclination would be to have them both checked out by your vet. Just to be sure it really is pickiness and that there's not some type of infection or condition that has spread between the two of them.
As far as kibble goes, I've noticed that some brands have a stronger aroma than others. My Merlin LOVES Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon. It has a strong aroma that is not unpleasant, but quite noticeable. A serving suggestion found on the package is to add warm water to the kibble "to make it more savory". So, maybe smell, at least for some dogs plays a role.
Hopefully others who have actually dealt picky eaters will add to this article and offer their suggestions.
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