Naturally, dog owners become worried when they observe or think their dog is not eating well, or expresses preference for a particular food brand over others. This condition can be explained and causes with remedies too.
A dog’s early life/ background may influence its diet preference. Dogs age, breed, activity and reproductive status also determines its kind of food. Health status and environmental conditions, medical problems like “oral tumour”, “kidney disease, liver disorders, all these anomalies could reduce dogs sense of smell and taste. Palatability is another concern here as the odour/smell, texture appearance and taste of food can also either enrich or decrease appetite.
How to Dictate Food Preferences in Dogs
The two-pan test or split plate, this involves placing two different foods in separate trays and offered to the dog under close observation to discover its preferred brand of food.
Another method is “the one tray test”. The dog is offered one kind of food at a time and monitored for acceptance or rejection. This method is effective in determining dog food preference as it allows for controlled assessment and dogs initial reaction to the food. One-pan test method also limits food interactions, a situation where one food may alter the palatability of another as in the two-pan test method. These examinations will enable the pet owner to determine his/ her dogs preferred diet.
Notwithstanding, there is need for due consideration in making dogs diet because it is expected to consume some vital dietary composition on daily basis as failure may result in poor health or obesity. Hence, a clear understanding of these diet make up is important.
Basic Diet Components for Dogs
Protein helps to reinforce dogs muscle, bones, skin and support the rest of the body. Found in chicken, salmon, soybean, corn, eggs, barley.
Carbohydrates gives energy, this is gotten from rice, sorghum, barley and corn.
Fats offers energy and healthy skin found in fish and vegetable oils.
Fiber is essential to dog’s digestive system, found in beet pulp, soybean
Vitamins are good too for the heart, liver and immune system gotten from eggs, beef, brown rice.
It is also important to note that dogs are individual seeking veterinary advice particularly dogs with special needs. Puppies and lactating mothers require more calories per day, while the senior pets require less.
It is equally good to know that dogs find onion, garlic, avocado, raisins, grapes, fruit stones e.g. mango seeds, corn and currants toxic. After all, we love our dogs to be happy and healthy.