Q & A With Helen Brandis and Jasper – My 11 year old Cavalier appears to have become heartily sick of his dinner of (human grade) meat, including lamb, chicken or beef, together with an holistic kibble, to which I add a spoonful of the Wellbeing mix. Any suggestions?
Thanks for an excellent question Helen, and I understand it is so disappointing when we go to a lot of trouble to make good food and our little charges go – ‘ho hum’.
First thing I would suggest is to drop the kibble. I know holistic is better but it is never better than your real food. You see no matter how expensive it is still highly processed. And truly I don’t think they like it as much as your food. With Wellbeing Essentials added to real food you have the necessary balance of calcium, and the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) from wholefoods that they need or may be missing.
Age means less calories and at 11 Jasper is getting on unfortunately, so the first things to check is if he is getting too much to eat. Dogs frequently become ‘fussy’ when they are in fact full as googs. Contrary to some opinion you might find on the internet, they need good quality protein at this age, not less protein. The idea of less protein comes from commercial pet food because the protein in dried food can be very hard on the kidneys and older dogs fed a lifetime of dry kibble often have kidney problems.
Also kibble is calorie dense, so dogs get full on a small amount and this also can lead to being overweight.
Another sign that they are getting too much food is eating the good bits and leaving the vegetables. You don’t say that this happens with Jasper, but I know it happens with my two. And if the vegetables aren’t cooked enough, they get left too. Read more about “Q&A: My dog is bored with his dinner” here.