Some dogs are happy to gobble up everything in sight. Others are much fussier and will eat only certain food and treats, sometimes going so far as to turn down food from dishes and people that they deem “unacceptable.”
Sometimes a dog's reluctance to eat isn't due to their attitude but to an illness or other health condition that makes eating unappealing.
Daily feeding can become a serious problem for finicky eaters. When dogs don't want to eat, their bodies aren't getting the nutrition they need and it can result in serious problems. Let it go too long, and you may find your dog is too sick to eat even if they wanted to…and that calls for more drastic measures.
So how can you get a sick or picky dog to eat? It's definitely a frustrating problem that most dog lovers have tackled at least once.
Today I'm going to let you in on a secret “trick” that veterinarians use for sick dogs who have lost their appetites and for dogs who refuse to take their medicine. This secret is peanut butter.
Mary Poppins always said, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” and she was so right! Not only will a dog swallow a pill that's “hidden” inside a gob of peanut butter, sick dogs (especially those undergoing cancer treatment) will eat peanut butter when they refuse to eat anything else.
Is peanut butter healthy for dogs? If they're eating it constantly then no, it's not. But in the case of sick dogs, if it encourages them to return to a regular diet it's OK. It's also fine in small amounts for picky eaters if they have reached the point of refusing all food.
Regular peanut butter is very high in sugar and unhealthy fats, so as much as our dogs love the taste, it's never been a good idea to give your dog peanut butter every day … until now.
There is a new peanut butter that is made just for dogs – with no sugar, salt or hydrogenated oils – so it's safe to give it to your dog every day. It's called Dogsbutter and I love it. It's all-natural and contains just peanuts, golden flaxseed and palm fruit oil. That means it's high in protein and rich in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids to nourish your dog's skin and coat. It's also an excellent source of Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that supports healthy skin.
Something else I love about this peanut butter is that is actually saves lives. Dogsbutter is made in the U.S.A. by DOG FOR DOG, a company dedicated to making life better for shelter dogs. For each purchase of Dogsbutter, they make a food donation to feed a shelter pet. Celebrity dog lovers like Michael Buble, Chelsea Handler and Snoop Dogg have signed on as ambassadors to help spread the word about this great program. It's a really great product for a really great cause.
If you're looking for a healthy alternative to store-bought peanut butter that your dog can enjoy every day, Dogsbutter is for you. Give it a try with your dog - I highly recommend it!