Q:

How do you increase appetite in dogs?

A:

Quick Answer

Increase your dog's appetite by switching dog food brands, holding back treats, increasing regular exercise and placing the dog bowl where the dog will not be distracted. Discuss the problem with a veterinarian in cases of long-term eating problems or illness.

Know More
How do you increase appetite in dogs?
Credit: Hill Street Studios Blend Images Getty Images

Full Answer

  1. Switch dog food brands

    Switch brands slowly over several days to avoid stomach problems. Add new food to the old,and gradually increase the new food. Check expiration dates, and store the food in a sealed container in a dry place to maintain freshness.

  2. Stop feeding between meals

    Dogs eat less when they get treats between meals and the extra attention it involves. Stir canned food into dry dog food, increasing the amount gradually, and add treats to the bowl if desired. Make the food appetizing by adding warm broth or water.

  3. Exercise the dog

    Exercise and play increase appetite. Walk dogs before meals to ensure food is associated with the pleasant experience of exercise or play.

  4. Avoid distractions

    Ensure dog focus on their meals by placing the bowl away from distractions and other family pets. Place the bowl on the floor and leave the room, giving the dog 30 minutes to eat, then remove the bowl. This teaches the dog to eat when food is available.

Learn more about Dogs

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are symptoms of thyroid problems in dogs?

    A:

    Symptoms of thyroid problems in dogs include vomiting and diarrhea, increased appetite, weight loss, breathing problems and a rapid heart rate, states petMD. If the thyroid gland underproduces certain hormones, the symptoms include lethargy, hair loss, weight gain, skin infections and weakness.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make homemade dog treats?

    A:

    Recipes for homemade dog treats can be found online at DogTreatRecipes.org, Allrecipes.com and DogTreatKitchen.com. At DogTreatRecipes.org, visitors find recipes for treats such as crunchy honey cinnamon biscuits made with wheat flour, vanilla, honey, cinnamon and eggs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Which Cadet dog treats were recalled?

    A:

    IMS Trading Group voluntarily recalled its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat in 2013. This action was taken by the company after learning that traces of antibiotic residue were found in the treats by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why did dog owners receive warnings about Dingo brand dog treats?

    A:

    Dog owners received warnings about Dingo brand dog treats because they contained chicken jerky from China, which was reported to cause digestive illnesses and sometimes death. After the report, the Food and Drug Administration issued the warning.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore