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Why Is My Not Dog Eating His Food But Will Eat His Treats?

Why Is My Not Dog Eating His Food But Will Eat His Treats

Odds are, your dog is just tired of the same old food! Some dogs can develop an aversion to certain foods or flavors. Have you tried changing up the food to something different? It could also be that your dog doesn’t like the textures in the food. If you are feeding your dog wet food and he isn’t eating it, it could be too moist for him, and he doesn’t want to run around with sticky fur all day.

Another reason a dog might not eat his food is that it doesn’t make him feel well. He might have an allergy to the food that you might or might not notice- such as certain food can give them a sour stomach or something similar. Be sure that you try a few different varieties of dog food and always go with a brand that you trust.

Lower quality dog food contains a lot of fillers and things that are not good for your dog. This can lead to health issues not only down the road but immediate issues as well. Think of the comparison as giving your dog fast food or a home-cooked meal.

Fast food contains a lot of fillers and additives, similar to low-quality dog food. While a home-cooked meal has meat, veggies, and the things that are much better for you. When you eat well, you feel better. The same is for your dog! Read about what you’re feeding your dog and you might realize that appetite and taste isn’t the issue, the quality of your dog’s food is the issue.

What About Dog Food That Contains Grains?

There is a lot of confusion about dog food and what it should contain. In fact, the verdict is still out on how much grain is too much for dogs.

The most common question is whether or not dogs should have grain. Many people are under the impression that dogs are omnivores and grains should be included in their diet. While others believe that the use of grains in these products can cause health problems for them.

This is why we need to do some research before deciding on a particular brand to buy from or if we should even feed our dog this type of food at all.

Many commercial pet foods contain grains, and the protein levels might not be as high as they should be. Dogs also need carbohydrates and fats to stay healthy and get energy, so giving them a grain-free treat should help meet those needs.

Grain-free treats are not guaranteed to be completely healthy for your pet because they may still have sugar and preservatives that could cause health problems. As with food you put into your body, you should take a minute and read the ingredients. Don’t know what an ingredient means? Search it online and find out. While some preservatives are needed, having an abundance is never a good thing.

Grains Are Carbohydrates That Dogs Need in Moderation

Grains are carbohydrates that dogs need in moderation. If your dog has a grain allergy, you should check your food ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain that ingredient.

Food allergies are common among dogs. Sometimes you will need to do a trial and error to see what is causing the allergy. If the allergic reaction is bad enough, take your dog to the emergency vet right away.

Grains are considered a carbohydrate which is an important part of your dog’s diet. They are the main sources of energy for dogs and also provide protein, Vitamins, and minerals. Grains can be found in foods such as rice, oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, or wheat-based foods such as bread and pasta.

Some dogs may have a grain allergy or intolerance. This will cause them not to eat grains even if they are nutritious for dogs with no allergies or intolerances. When looking at the ingredient list on your food label, you can find out whether grains were used and what they were.

Giving your dog grain-free dog treats can help balance out their diet, should their food not have enough protein. The main source of food your dog will need is protein. They are natural hunters and survive on mostly protein in their natural state, such as the wolf. Your dog was a descendant of the wolf and needs similar nutrition.

Not all “Grain-Free” Dog Foods Are Created Equal

The best grain-free dog foods are made with high-quality proteins such as chicken, beef, lamb, or duck. They also contain plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil and eggs.

Unfortunately, not all grain-free dog foods are created equal. Some of them use fillers like peas that can be harmful to your pet’s health. 

The best brands always aim to use the best ingredients, and they avoid using any fillers in the food they produce. “Grain-Free” doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have other ingredients that are not good for your dog. This “Grain-Free” term can be somewhat deceptive at times, so be sure to watch your labels.

When they take the grains out, they will often replace them with sweet potatoes, lentils, and peas which could even be more carbohydrates and less fiber than leaving the grains in. While your dog needs carbohydrates to give them energy, too many can lead to excessive weight gain, just like humans. It can also lead to poor gut health and a lack of energy. Think about when you eat a high-carb meal such as pasta- most folks want a nap afterward. Again, the same goes for your dog!

Pros of Grain-Free Dog Treats

There are many pros to giving your dog grain-free dog treats, such as:

  • Easier Digestion
  • Good for dogs with cancer and diabetes
  • Good for dogs with food intolerance
  • Improve health and activity levels

Dogs have an enzyme called amylase that helps break down carbohydrates and starches. When broken down, they become sugar that can be used to fuel the body. However, dogs, in general, have a low amount of amylase. This means that your dog will have a harder time digesting carbs, but their body is made to digest protein for fuel. This is one of the many reasons that grain-free dog treats are good for your dog.

As with people, a high-carb diet will lead to higher levels of sugar in the blood. This sugar level can cause the overproduction of insulin and eventually cause weight gain. These, over time, when left untreated, will lead to diabetes.

Also, you probably have heard about gluten from somewhere. Many people have a strong allergy to gluten. Well, dogs can as well. Gluten can cause a number of stomach issues and is not particularly good for your dogs’ overall health. Grain-free and Gluten-free dog treats are the best for your dog.

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Kevin F.

Hey guys! I'm Kevin and I'm the Founder of My Dog Reviews. I made this site to share my very own dog's reviews of food, treats, toys, and more. I also have become fascinated with dog breeds and I'm sharing my knowledge with the world. Have a breed, treat, or something you want me to write about? Just let me know!

2 thoughts on “Why Is My Not Dog Eating His Food But Will Eat His Treats?”

  1. A friend of mine has a dog that WILL eat her regular food, but NOT treats she used to love. The only thing I’ve seen
    similar to this is just the opposite. She will also not eat her food if there are any additives in it that have always been in it
    for years. The dog is a 14-year-old Shih Tzu. Any ideas?

    • That’s a tough one! We’ve never heard of a dog enjoying their food but NOT enjoying their treats! My first suggestion would be to mix up the food and treats together. Older dogs tend to get more fussy, so it might be time to switch up treats. As you’ve said, this pup doesn’t like additives, so maybe try an additive-free treat and food combo? We know these little dogs need nutrients so these treats can be important. But we’ve never heard of this issue before! I’m curious to see what happens if you mix together a little of the food she likes and the treats that she’s starting to dislike.


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