April 6, 2010

My Dog is a Picky Eater, What can I do?

Filed under: dog refuse to eat,picky eater — Dr. Amber Reed @ 1:44 pm

First of all, you need to understand why your dog may refuse to eat his regular food. In most cases, pet owners create this problem by feeding their dogs table scraps. In fact, dogs are almost never born picky eaters but when they become accustomed to eating human food they may not want to return to the store bought stuff that comes in a bag. There are other reasons that dogs refuse to eat, to be sure, and if you notice a sudden loss of appetite in your beloved companion you should consider a visit to the vet; loss of appetite is a symptom of many illnesses in dogs.

my dog is a picky eaterNevertheless, dogs will learn to be picky eaters under the right circumstances. You always need to be the one in control of your dog’s diet. Changing their food often is a big no-no. When you are always giving them different brands or types of dog food, your dog learns that they can have some control over what they eat. Instead, keep a steady diet to maintain regular eating habits.

The next big mistake that pet owners make is feeding their dogs table scraps. In fact, this is the biggest problem that leads to picky eating. Not only does your dog get to enjoy a richer, more variable diet when you feed him table scraps, he also learns to eat like the rest of the family. Also remember that many human foods are dangerous for your dog. If you want to feed your dog some left-over food always make sure it’s healthy for dogs and feed your dog out of his regular feeding dish.

Overcoming your dog’s picky eating will require routine and commitment. You’ll have to gradually stop feeding him table scraps so they don’t starve.

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