If you have a new puppy that doesn't want to eat you'll likely be feeling pretty stressed right now. Helping your puppy eat, enjoy their food, and receive the best nutrition possible can be daunting when they flat-out refuse their puppy food. Puppy food is very important for helping your new puppy grow up to be a healthy adult dog.
This is why we've written this article to help you understand how and why your puppy doesn't want to eat. We'll also provide some tips on how you can get them interested in their food again so they grow up healthy.
My puppy isn’t eating much
Firstly, it's important to realise that a new puppy will go through stages where they don't require the same amount of food at a given time. We urge you to first check that you are feeding your puppy food at the recommended amounts based on the feeding guide displayed on the bag. It can be easy to overfeed a new puppy and this could explain why they don't want to finish their dinner. If you are feeding the correct amount of food, then there could be something else wrong with their meal. Overfeeding is a surefire way to ensure that puppy is off their food!
Make sure your puppy feeding is on a schedule
Are you feeding your puppy at specific but regular times throughout the day? Feeding to a specific schedule can help regulate their digestive system. We don't suggest 'free-feeding' by having food available at all times. This often leads to pickier food behaviour
You must be feeding your puppy at the same time every day to aid their digestive system. For example, if they usually eat breakfast between 07:00 - 08:00 but on one specific day, they will not finish it until around noon then this could cause them to refuse food later in the evening for dinner even though there's nothing wrong with their meal! It is important to feed a puppy consistency and make sure the meals are eaten within 30 minutes of being served each time.
Say no to stale puppy food!
We would recommend that you check your puppy's bowl to make sure it is clean and doesn't contain any traces of old or stale food (which can happen when they don't finish eating). You should also ensure that you are using fresh food each mealtime. If they refuse to eat one meal then we wouldn't suggest using the same puppy food next time. This could have lost some of the palatability making it less attractive to your puppy.
Still have a fussy puppy?
In the worst-case scenario if your puppy is not eating, then you can get in touch with a vet who will be able to determine any underlying illness. They may prescribe some medication that may get rid of this problem quickly and allow your puppy to return to normal feeding patterns soon after starting on these medications. If there are no changes within 24 hours please contact your vet again for further advice.
Tried the above and puppy still doesn't eat their food? Change foods!
If you're sure your puppy is healthy and doesn't have any medical issues preventing them from eating then we suggest you try new food. Not all puppy foods are equal. Some food brands concentrate on nothing but the nutritional content of the food which is great from a health perspective. But, what if your puppy doesn't want to eat? You'll never be able to help them develop into the big bold dog they deserve to be!
We do much much more than provide boring grey nutrition in a puppy food bag! Our range of puppy foods has been developed to provide every nutritional requirement, but also provide your puppy with the best-tasting puppy food known to 'dog-kind'! We have helped thousands of new puppy owners that previously struggled to get their puppy to eat, and our feedback is glowing. We have worked hard to ensure that your puppy not only eats their meal but enjoys it too. Our range of delicious and nutritious food contains the very best ingredients we could find: lots of fresh meat content; healthy vegetables; and every micro and macronutrient required for perfect puppy development.
A lot of our customers have relayed the same story to us: their puppy arrived from the breeder with a free bag of the food that they were weaned on, but puppy never seems particularly keen! Sometimes a dog breeder will have a long-standing relationship with a particular food brand and that might lead to some reluctance for you to change foods. However, this is absolutely the wrong approach. Your puppy needs to be fed a balanced diet that helps to engage their taste buds and makes mealtimes a thing to look forward to.
Hesitant to change puppy foods, but want some peace of mind?
We absolutely believe that changing to one of our extremely tasty healthy puppy foods is a great way to make sure your fussy pup develops into a healthy adult, but we understand your reluctance. If you wanted a compromise then we often suggest our functional treats to new customers. In particular, our Boost Up treats can help take a weight off your mind. They provide a nutrition boost that works very well with new customers. So if you wanted to stick with your current food for a little longer we recommend supplementing with these treats. they can help you feel better about your puppy receiving their vital nutrients.
Plus, they're made with highly palatable ingredients your puppy will love. They are perfect for training purposes or to use as a treat in place of their existing food.
In conclusion, when your puppy doesn't want to eat it can be very upsetting. If you have tried everything and they still refuse their puppy food then we recommend making a jump to a new food brand known to offer palatable puppy diets. Make sure the new food is from natural sources and doesn't tempt your puppy to eat via artificial flavourings or preservatives. We're always on hand to assist you on your journey, but we suggest browsing puppy foods here as a starting point.
Quick Tip - Gourmet Puppy Food is the most palatable puppy food we've ever encountered. If you are at your wits' end then try this puppy food first!
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