Food For Fussy Dogs
Whether your dog is off their food, has a sensitive stomach or is just plain fussy, it can be a worrying time.
Just a Fussy Eater?
Dogs will occasionally miss a meal, which can often be normal behaviour. They are quite resistant to starvation compared to humans so it’s usually nothing to worry about, but you should always monitor their intake closely, especially for puppies.
You also have to decide if your dog is fussy or unwell. If a dog is truly unable to eat for a long period of time, it’s likely to be related to a medical issue. Always check with a vet if you are in doubt and consider trying them with sensitive stomach dog food, designed to be easy to digest.
How can I Encourage my Fussy Dog to Eat?
There are several ways of enhancing dog food for fussy dogs or encouraging them to eat. Here are some of our top tips:
- Choose a dog food with high-quality ingredients. Check the label on the back, look for named meats (no by-products) as the first ingredient
- Change the menu – variety is the spice of life after all. Getting some new and exciting dog food will make it more difficult for them to turn their nose up at dinner time
- Make their meals more enticing
- Warming food can tempt a fussy eater as it may increase the food’s aroma; dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell
- Adding our nutrition boosting bone broth to your dog’s food can work wonders to stimulate appetite , making it the perfect addition to dog food for fussy eaters
- Feed a little less and at regular times
- A consistent feeding regime is important, with set meal times rather than having food available at all times – this also helps you monitor how much they are eating
- Put the food down in the morning and leave it for half an hour. After this time lift the bowl. Do the same in the evening
- Check that there is no issue with the food and check the portion size – different dog sizes and breeds eat different amounts
- Keep treats to a minimum
- There’s nothing like exercise to stimulate appetite, so why not take your dog for a walk before each meal?
- If your dog has digestion issues (e.g. diarrhoea, flatulence), it may be uncomfortable for them to eat
- Try adding probiotics to their diet to help aid digestion
- Consider a sensitive dog food. Some dog foods have allergens that can cause issues for dogs with sensitive stomachs – try them on something that you can see all the ingredients of
- Always make mealtimes a pleasant time
- Make meal times exciting
- If you think your dog’s appetite loss is due to an environmental stressor, such as loud noises, try your best to address this
- And try not to stress! Dogs can pick up on this
Tasty Food for Fussy Dogs
Here at Different Dog, we believe we can encourage even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy mealtimes again, through our tasty, natural food. Here’s why:
- All our recipes have at least 60% fresh, locally-sourced meat, with fresh fruit, veg and superfoods making up the rest of the recipe
- At Different Dog, we regularly cook new recipes to ensure more variety in a dog’s diet, so there is always a nutritious exciting food on offer
- We tailor the food to your dog, to ensure they’re getting the right portion sizes – no more under or over feeding
- Our food is lightly cooked so it’s easily digestible and can be added as a tasty topper to liven up their current food
- Our food is free from known non-meat allergens, making it the ideal sensitive stomach dog food