My Dog Won't Eat Dry Food Anymore: What Can I Do?

May 9, 2024

Have you ever found yourself in a pickle because your dog suddenly turns their nose up at their usual dry kibble? Don't fret; you're not alone!

Many dog parents experience this at some point, and it can be quite a head-scratcher. But fear not, because we've got some paw-some tips to help entice your pup back to their bowl with wagging tails and eager munching.

When Your Dog Refuses Dry Food - 5 Urgent Tips

  1. Mix It Up: Just like humans, dogs can get bored with their food. Maybe it's time to change your dog's diet or at least, spice things up a bit? Mix in some of our slow-cooked casseroles with their dry food to add variety and flavour. Doggy Grub casseroles are made with human-grade ingredients, and slow-cooked to perfection, ensuring a delectable meal experience for your pet. Plus, the aroma alone will have them drooling in anticipation!

  2. Add Moisture: Sometimes, dry kibble can be a bit... well, dry! Adding moisture can make it more appealing to your dog. Try mixing in some warm water or low-sodium broth to soften the kibble and release enticing aromas. Alternatively, you can use our Grinkles Picky Pup as a delicious gravy to pour over the dry food, transforming it into a mouth-watering feast that'll have your pup licking their chops in delight.

  3. Warm It Up: Heating your dog's food can enhance its aroma and flavour, making it irresistible to even the pickiest of eaters. If you're feeding dry food, bring it to room temperature, especially if you're storing your dog's food in the cold garage, or mix in some warm, ready-to-eat casseroles for a comforting meal that'll have your pup feeling cosy and satisfied.

  4. Make Mealtime Fun: Dogs are social creatures and enjoy bonding with their humans during mealtime. Try hand-feeding your pup or using puzzle toys to dispense their food. This not only makes mealtime more enjoyable but also provides mental stimulation and encourages them to eat.

  5. Consult Your Vet: If your dog's refusal to eat persists even after jazzing up their bowl, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it's essential to consult your veterinarian. Underlying health issues could be causing their lack of appetite, and a professional opinion will help address any potential concerns and ensure your pup stays happy and healthy.

Remember, every dog is unique, so don't be discouraged if it takes some trial and error to find what works best for your furry friend.


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