How do I get my old dog to eat again?
- Try Mixed Feeding. Many animals find wet food more palatable because they like the taste and texture, Brooks says.
- Warm It Up.
- Try a Change.
- Stay Close.
- Keep the Fresh Water Flowing.
- Offer Praise.
Why won’t my elderly dog eat? Most dogs experience decreased appetite as they are aging. The most common cause is dental decay and discomfort when chewing hard foods such as kibble. This is easily remedied by soaking the food, switching to wet food or mixing it with soft ingredients such as yoghurt or pumpkin.
What do you do when your older dog loses its appetite? Try adding salt-free chicken or beef broth and a few lightly cooked vegetables to your dog’s kibble. This should help rekindle your dog’s love with mealtime. Some older dogs also like their food on the watery side. You can achieve this by adding broth to his food.
What can I give an old dog to eat? All dogs benefit from eating small amounts of fruits and vegetables, particularly when they’re older and more prone to constipation. Add fiber to your dog’s diet in the form of wheat bran, steamed fresh green beans or canned green beans, or plain canned pumpkin. Add extra nutrients.