There are a number of reasons why your pooch may lose his appetite. He may be experiencing dental issues, an upset stomach or suffering from side effects of a medication. Whatever the reason may be, this food for dogs with no appetite should entice him to eat.
It's usually a health issue that causes a dog to lose his appetite. This is a big problem, because refusing food will deplete Fido's energy. Refusing to eat will also make it harder for his body to recover from the illness. Not eating could lead to nutritional deficiencies as well, which will cause your pet to feel even worse.
If you've noticed a sudden change in your dog's appetite that lasts for more than 24 hours, it's best to seek the advice of your veterinarian. This could be an indication of a serious underlying health issue that requires medical attention.
If you already know the reason for the appetite decrease, you just need to find ways to entice your pup to eat. Remember that in this situation it is best to only offer small potions. You can increase the feedings as your dog begins to feel better. Eating too much too quickly could lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
Chicken Stew Food for Dogs with No Appetite
This food for dogs with no appetite is made with ingredients that are gentle on the digestive tract. It is a limited ingredient recipe, so it may also be a good choice for pets with food sensitivities.
However, this recipe is not going to be 100% nutritionally balanced for every dog. It's not meant to be fed long-term. You should only feed this food for dogs with no appetite until your pup is feeling better. Then, you can slowly transition him back to his regular diet.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped green beans
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
This is a crock pot recipe, but you could prepare it on the stovetop as well. First, add the chicken and chicken broth to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. At this point the chicken should be tender enough to shred easily with a fork.
After shredding the chicken, add the oats and vegetables to the slow cooker. Continue cooking on low for 1 more hour. Mix all of the ingredients together and wait until cooled.
You can feed your pet as soon as the homemade food is cooled. I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.
It's best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for you dog. They will also help you evaluate the recipe to make sure it will meet your dog's unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also prepare this food in bulk and store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.