How Can I Make My Dog Eat?
The vital thing you should know as a dog owner is never to force-feed your dog. Sometimes, your dog might go on a “protest” if they don’t like the taste or the texture of the food you gave them. Remember that healthy dogs won’t starve themselves to death for no reason. There might be something that could be bothering them from eating the food.
One method to know whether your dog is sick or having some issues is to point their favorite food item right in front of their nose. Try giving them a small amount of meat, cheese, etc., and notice how they react. If they are healthy, the food you pointed at them will be gone in a matter of seconds. On the flip side, they’ll sniff it and walk away.
If your dog is not eating or drinking anything after 48 hours, you should probably book an appointment with your vet. They will take a good look to find out why your dog is refusing to eat and offer some treatments and medications to help your buddy recover.
And then there’s the matter of picky eaters. Even though this is not that serious of an issue, it is not good for health. Sometimes, they might be having some pain due to indigestion or don’t like the food you gave them. If that is the case, here are some tips to increase their appetite and make the food more interesting;
- Eating alone can be boring at times. You can try hand-feeding because many dogs like to eat while having company.
- Warm up their food lightly in the microwave.
- Add lukewarm water to their food to make it softer if it’s too dry for them to munch on.
- Pour beef or chicken broth or tuna water to make it tastier.
- Give them wet food if they usually eat dry food and vice versa.
- Change the usual food.
If none of these tips convince your dog to eat the food, it is better to call the vet to determine why your dog is refusing to eat. With the help of supplements and medications, it will be effortless to tackle this issue.
Note: Do not give them food such as chocolate, certain nuts, grapes, any uncooked or undercooked item, caffeine, etc., as all of these could pose a threat to their health.
What If I Can’t Feed Them?
There might be some situations where you may not feed your dog for various reasons. What will you do? Let’s clear it now. If you are out of town for a couple of days, we suggest bringing someone your dog trusts. Ask your friend or family member to spare some of their time to take care of your dog. It is best to get someone who knows how to handle a dog.
If you don’t find anyone, the next best option is to hire a dog sitter or take your pet to a friendly boarding facility where they have access to clean water and quality meals at the right time. Here, your dog will meet other dogs and make sure that the facility has fun physical activities so that your dog doesn’t feel left out or bored.