How To Make Dry Dog Food Tastier So The Dog Eats It All

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How To Make Dry Dog Food Tastier So The Dog Eats It All
How To Make Dry Dog Food Tastier So The Dog Eats It All

Feeding your dog dry food is very beneficial: it's easy to store, it's cheaper, and it doesn't spoil as quickly as moistened food. Plus, it's better for dog teeth and acts as a natural abrasive, dislodging bacteria and dirt. However, just like humans, pets can refuse to consume certain types of food and end up offering resistance to that dry and boring everyday food. To make it much more palatable, change the texture and add different flavors without spending a lot of extra money.


Method 1 of 2: Adding Liquids to Make Dry Feed More Attractive

Make a Dog's Dry Food Tastier So He Will Eat It All Step 1

Step 1. Mix wet and dry feed to promote transition to dry food diet

As soon as you plan to change the dog's diet, it will be necessary, initially, to mix the two types of food so that adaptation is faster; it's no use switching, overnight, to dry food. Take him to the vet to find out if it's safe to change the feed and for the first week, mix half the dry kibble with half the more moistened type. In the second week, add 1/4 wet and 3/4 dry food; from the third onwards, only the dry type.

  • The gradual change will be less apparent to the dog.
  • In addition, dry food helps to dislodge bits of wet food that get stuck in the teeth.

Step 2. Add hot water to soften dry food

Some dogs just don't like the texture of dry food, while others have sensitive teeth and can't chew it without pain. Mix 50 ml of hot water for every 240 ml of dry feed to make it more palatable; you can either serve it immediately (almost like a kibble soup) or let the water completely absorb into the food, making it softer. This happens after three to five minutes, depending on the size of the feed.

Do not leave the softened food outside for more than a few hours, as, as well as the naturally moistened one, it can spoil

Step 3. Pour a low-sodium broth over the dry feed to give it a better taste

It is possible to prepare a simple broth with chicken or steak, or even buying cubes of meat and adding them to hot water. Cubes need to be low in sodium! The smell of meat will make dry food more appetizing to the dog; however, do not dip it in the broth. Just add a large scoop (about 30 ml) to the feed.

  • To make a simple broth on your own, place 1 boiled chicken, 2 sliced ​​carrots, 2 sliced ​​potatoes in a pan and cover the ingredients with water. Simmer over high heat until the water boils, then reduce, allowing it to simmer and the broth to brew for two hours. After that time, remove it from the heat, let it cool and remove the chicken and vegetables. The broth can be stored in the refrigerator, in a glass container, for up to 2 weeks.
  • After preparing the broth, leave the leftovers in the refrigerator to use whenever you feed the dog. The broth can be cold or hot; the latter is more attractive to the pet due to its aroma.
  • Too much salt in the diet will harm the dog's kidneys.

Method 2 of 2: Adding Solid Foods and Seasoning to Dry Feed

Step 1. Add eggs to the feed

They can be stirred, hard or fried, working well to add variety to the dry food. Furthermore, due to their richness in proteins, amino acids and essential fatty acids, they will be beneficial to the dog's skin and coat, and will also help to calm stomach irritations. Don't cook the egg with more salt or butter: without any seasoning it will please your canine companion!

  • When adding a hard-boiled egg, peel it off first.
  • Eggs have around 70 calories, which is enough for medium to large dogs. Minors should eat only half.

Step 2. Mix sliced ​​vegetables or fruits into dry kibble

Carrots, green beans, apples, blueberries or bananas are pleasant options for the pet. Remember that the main part of the meal should still consist of kibble; his plate should be about 3/4 of dog food and 1/4 of "add ons". Cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces, mixing well with the feed (do not place them on top).

  • Sweet potatoes are also good options for the dog, but they need to be washed, peeled, boiled and you will need to remove the seasoning before mixing them into the kibble.
  • In addition to having good flavor, the different textures of vegetables and fruits, along with the usual food, will increase the dog's interest.
  • Before giving the dog anything, make sure the fruit or vegetable is not toxic to him. Look for information on the internet or contact your veterinarian.

Step 3. Combine dry kibble with yogurt so that your intestines work well

Look for sugar-free and fat-free yogurt, putting a little with the dog's food; mix well so he doesn't just lick the yogurt and put the ration aside. For small dogs, 60 ml is a good amount, while for larger dogs, put in 120 ml.

  • Probiotics in yogurt act differently in the intestines of dogs. If you want to provide food with probiotics, give only those that are intended for these animals.
  • If the dog cannot digest milk or has diarrhea after drinking it, yogurt will most likely also have the same effect.

Step 4. Sprinkle the dry food with herbs

Dogs have taste buds, and many of the herbs they use every day have healthy qualities that are beneficial to them! For example: oregano has antioxidants, mint aids digestion and rosemary has iron and fiber. When using fresh herbs, wash them and grind the leaves before adding them to food; you can even use dried herbs, but they won't be as aromatic as fresh ones, and the health benefit won't be as great. Add about 7.5 ml of seasoning to the ration.

Avoid the following herbs: tea tree oil, garlic, pennyroyal, comfrey, white willow bark, ephedra sinica, wormwood, and yucca


  • Food that is added to the dog's bowl needs to be well sliced ​​or chopped to lessen the chance of the dog's choking.
  • If the dog still hasn't eaten the modified feed after several days, take him to the vet. There could be an underlying problem or something in his teeth.
  • Never substitute dry food for broths, vegetables or fruits, as it is a food that has nutrients that the animal needs to stay healthy.
  • Salt and butter should never be added to any type of dog food.
  • There are some dogs that will show allergic reactions to herbs or foods that are normally safe. If the dog shows any such signs, remove this food and take him to the vet. Eyes and nose with secretions, sneezing, itching, swelling, diarrhea and vomiting are some of the signs.

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