My dog won't eat the more healthy dog food?
Topic: My dog won't eat the more healthy dog food?
November 23, 2019 / By Jaqualine Question:
He wont eat:
Orijen, Acana, Nutrisca, Taste of the Wild, Merricks, Instinct, Evo, Blue Wilderness, and Wellness Core
He will eat:
Purina, Science Diet, Beneful
Should I continue feeding him the food he likes that might not be as healthy. He is very very picky I don't know what to do.
Best Answers: My dog won't eat the more healthy dog food?
Etta | 8 days ago
I have been feeding my dog Iams for 15 years and he's very healthy. My mother in law's vet told her to give her dog Beneful. Just because a food is more expensive doesn't mean that it's always the best. Some of the ones you mentioned above have had recalls for Salmonella poisoning. It's no good buying what they say are healthier foods if the dog wont eat them. There are people who say that Iams isn't the best food in the world but it can't be too bad since my dog is 15 now and still has a lot of energy. Buy what your dog likes to eat.
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Originally Answered: Why is healthy food at fast food restaurants more expensive than regular food?
Because the ingredients in the unhealthy food are so cheap they're actually cheaper than the healthy stuff.
In the past fruit & vegetables always used to be cheaper than animal products, but thanks to some modern inhumane intensive farming methods and new methods of carcass processing (for example "mechanically recovered/separated meat" etc) its very cheap to get a bit of animal on your plate these days.
What part of that animal though is another question (its not even technically meat most of the time), but when its all processed into a nice nondescript paste which is then cooked up in a shape with some flavourings & additives etc people don't seem to really care!
But yeah. I know farming, i know food factory work. I've lived/worked in both and i've done a lot of research on these matters too, and long story short my advice is: Save your pennies up for the better quality healthier food and avoid such processed foods (chicken nuggets, cheap sausage meat, burgers etc) like the plague! You'll be doing your health a big favour- its not just gross & fattening a lot of what they put in junk/fast food, there are major concerns over the long term health implications over a lot of the other things they add to food.
Unless the dog has a requirement for vegetarian food only it would be most unfair to deprive it of meat. Vegetarian dog food is on sale but it is fully of supplements to give the dog the balance of nutrients that it needs. I think that more of an issue here is would the dog be a happy dog eating vegetarian food - and I would say that it wouldn't be. You will probably also find that your dog is constantly scavenging for meaty tit-bits. I don't think that it would be fair to keep a dog under these circumstances.
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If you had a kid that would rather eat Oreos or Ice Cream versus actual healthy meals, would you let them? Of course not.
Stop fussing with the dog. They aren't naturally picky eats, humans MAKE them picky. They eat their own poop for goodness sakes. And garbage. Choose a good quality food and put it down twice a day. For smaller breed dogs or pups, maybe try three times per day. If the dog eats, great. If not then wait until next meal. Cut out all treats or edible chews so the dog gets nothing but kibble.
A healthy dog will NOT starve itself if food is made available regularly - he may try to wait you out a few days, which will NOT hurt him by any means, but eventually there will be no other option but to eat the food it is presented with.
Instinct will take over.
Sometimes offering some exercise or mental stimulation before meals will help trigger hunger. If you're sure it's not medical (IE no loose/missing/broken teeth, no bad jaw, etc) then don't add junk to it. Just kibble. Moisten with water a few times, sure, to make it smell more appetizing - or a tiny spoonful of wet stuff if it can be properly mixed in (IE not picked out.)
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He will eat what you feed him. If you offer him choices and switch foods he's naturally going to go for what tastes good to him, not what's healthy. That's like giving a child a choice between healthy vitamins or an unhealthy hamburger, the dogs gonna choose what he enjoys, regardless of his health.
Give him a food that is healthy and don't feed him anything else. No healthy dog is going to starve himself and he'll naturally begin to eat whatever is available to him.
YOU are his owner so you make his food decisions, not him.
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If you're dog is overweight try pouring over a TINY bit of olive oil on the food If its dry pellets. If its moist can food, see a vet to set up a diet. Its sounds stupid but its worth a happy, healthy dog :)
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