Why is my dog a picky eater?

Let’s face it. Given half a chance, most pooches will eat anything they can lay their paws on. (That’s why it’s so important to keep particularly toxic foodstuffs such as chocolate well out of reach.)

However, if your family pet suddenly displays a distinct lack of interest when it comes to dinnertime, then it’s time to take action.

After all, making sure your dog has enough to eat and is enjoying a nutritionally complete diet is vital to maintaining his or her general health.

Check with your vet

It’s important to eliminate any underlying health issues that may be causing a sudden loss of appetite. Don’t delay asking your vet to check if you notice a change, especially if your dog suddenly develops other problems such as vomiting, weight loss and diarrhoea.

Dental health

Even if your dog is hungry, sores and gum issues can all stop him or her from enjoying food. Bad teeth, foreign objects that have got stuck and generally poor oral health may all mean a trip back to the vet. Timely treatment usually means your dog’s appetite should soon return back to normal.

Behavioural issues

It may be inadvertent and unintentional, but it’s surprising how often a dog’s behaviour is shaped by an owner. Our canine companions are incredibly attuned to us and, however difficult it may be to admit it, our own habits can exert an enormous influence.

For example, supplementing kibbles with table scraps and other treats can send a confusing message to our pets.

Remember – dogs thrive on consistency and clarity, so dishing out rewards (no matter how kindly meant) can severely disrupt mealtime routines. The owner then assumes the dog has gone off the kibble, changes the food and the pet quickly learns to dictate the situation.

Consistency is key so try not to use treats and supplements unless as part of a dedicated training routine.

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