Raw Feeding for Picky Dogs: 6 Tips to Try
You might be surprised to hear that many dogs turn up their nose when offered raw food or treats, but it’s not uncommon for some pets to be disinterested in a raw diet.
“The reason why they dislike raw food is mainly because of the taste,” says Dr. Victor Oppenheimer, veterinary director at the Hospital de Animales Perla del Sur in Puerto Rico. “Cooked food has been prepared to be tasty, while raw means that it is unchanged.”
In addition, the type of raw diet you give your pet may have something to do with her willingness to try it.
“Some diets are of the prey model, some include fruits and vegetables, and some are actually commercially manufactured,” says registered veterinary technician Carolyn Miller. These differences can impact whether your dog will touch her plate or not.
If you’re trying to give your dog a raw diet and she’s refusing to eat, here are some tips to make the meal more appetizing: