Top 10 Causes of Picky Eating & Appetite Changes in Dogs

Top 10 Causes of Picky Eating & Appetite Changes in Dogs

Although the term “picky eaters” is thrown around a lot, we must look more deeply into the causes of any significant change in a dog’s eating habits.

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But changes in appetite and eating behavior, especially when they happen suddenly as opposed to a lifelong pattern of behavior, can be a genuine concern. We should not automatically shrug this off as voluntary pickiness.  Loss or decrease of appetite can be caused by any of the following factors:


  1. Emotional stress from relocation; this can be very prevalent in rescue and shelter dogs;
  2. Changes in family circumstances, such as: moving to a new house, animal or human family members leaving the home, separation, or divorce;
  3. Grief from the loss of a human or animal family member;
  4. The foods we feed, for example feeding only dry food to predatory animals whose evolutionary biology dictates eating prey which is hydrated at the molecular level and is certainly not “dry food;”
  5. “Industrial malpractice” by some pet food manufacturers who make and market completely unsuitable foods for animal and who then change those foods in subtle or major ways without notice or warning after animals have adapted to survive on them;
  6. Environmental Toxins:  This is a huge issue for very small or especially sensitive dogs; whether we live in the city, suburbs, or country, we are constantly surrounded by industrial airborne toxins as well as lawn spraying or other activities that involve toxic chemicals and pesticides.
  7. Over vaccination, or administering multiple vaccines at once (especially in small dogs)
  8. Mild illness such as viruses or bacterial infections that may not be obvious to the human guardian illness;
  9. Existing chronic illnesses such as cancers and early stage organ failure;
  10. HUMAN GUARDIANS SPOILING THEIR DOGS with unhealthy people foods and ruining their appetite for the biologically appropriate foods they should be eating!

In conclusion, we must not immediately default to blaming the dog for being “picky” or somehow having reached the decision not to eat “just to be difficult” or to “manipulate their humans.” Instead, we should view significant changes in appetite and eating behaviors as signals when evaluating the health and well-being of our companion animals. SuperGravy is the healthiest choice you can make to boost dog appetites while supplementing the diet with superfood nutrients, Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Digestive Enzymes. But remember, our job as dog guardians is to keep an open mind and dig more deeply into the circumstances whenever there are serious appetite changes, explore possible causes, and seek appropriate healthy solutions.

By Anthony Bennie, Founder and Chief Nutrition Officer