I Don’t Want to Eat That

Our BARF® dogs, Cali and Berkeley are definitely not picky eaters.  We can’t prepare their meals fast enough and both devour their food as soon as they get it. This is not so for some dogs. We get calls, here at BARF® World, Inc. weekly with questions and concerns about their picky eaters. 

Cheryl Douglas · January 28, 2020

“I Don’t Want to Eat That”

Our BARF® dogs, Cali and Berkeley are definitely not picky eaters.  We can’t prepare their meals fast enough and both devour their food as soon as they get it. This is not so for some dogs. We get calls, here at BARF® World, Inc. weekly with questions and concerns about their picky eaters. 

If your dog has always been a picky eater, there is likely no need for concern. However, if you have a dog that has been a regular eater that suddenly stops, that can be a sign something is wrong.  The only way to get to the root of the problem is to visit the vet.

“If your dog has always been a voracious eater, and is becoming more selective, go to the vet after about 48 hours,” says Louise Murray, DVM, a diplomate ACVIM and director of medicine for ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.

She goes on to advise, “For puppies, which have less reserves, don’t wait more than 24 hours.”

A picky dog that maintains a healthy weight, is alert and perky, and has a shiny coat, is much less worrisome than one who has dropped a few pounds and has a less lustrous coat.  If your fur baby is just simply being picky, here are some picky eater tips you can try. 

  • Lightly cook the meat or pan sear - It will bring out the aromas of the meat 
  • Add some coconut oil or olive oil
  • Add a little warm water to create slurry 
  • Add natural peanut butter with no added ingredients
  • Crumble some freeze-dried BARF® Nuggets on top of their meat.
  • Try a different protein
  • Mix in some baby food or gravy 
  • Fast for a day - this is the hardest for pet parents. You may feel like you are starving them. However, they are survivalists. They will eventually eat when they are hungry. 
  • Also try to avoid feeding Fido too many treats throughout the day.  Just like some of us humans, dogs will fill up on treats and then won’t eat their meal.  

If you have any questions or concerns about your picky eater, feel free to reach out to one of our Raw Food Specialists at BARF® World, Inc.  We’d love to work with you on a diet that your fur baby will love! 

Raw Food Tip:

If your pet is being picky, you can put her food down and if she doesn’t eat the food right away, take it away from her and put it back in the refrigerator. Then put it out for her a while later. Now she is starting to get the hint that if she refuses her meal, that she will be going without until the next time. It’s time to un-train the trainer.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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