How does warming food or adding warm water possibly get a picky pooch to eat?

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Many times warming dog food can be a way to entice a dog to eat. Your dog might just be picky but she could also be unable to smell food the way she once could because of an upper respiratory illness or advanced age.

Even a dog that is not eating because of pain associated with an injury will be more likely to eat if the food has more of an odor. Warming food slightly will release the aroma of the food and be an appetite trigger for an ailing dog. Just be careful that the food doesn’t get too hot in the microwave and burn the dog’s mouth; you just want it slightly warmed. You might also try offering foods that have more of an aroma than the dog’s regular meals

• If canned, place it in the microwave for a few seconds. If dried kibble, just add a little warm water.
• Use a microwave-safe bowl, not the pet dish, because that could ultimately burn and hurt the dog.
• Test by sticking a clean finger into the food to check the temperature. If the food is warm to the touch, it’s near the correct temperature. You want it warm, but not hot. Putting food in the microwave does NOT destroy vitamins.
• If you need more enticement, add a little bit of warm chicken broth or dog “gravy” to the kibble to help release stronger aromas. It also makes the food much more palatable and it softens it, making it more acceptable to cats with ongoing dental problems.

NOTE: Dog food can get scalding hot very quickly, which may burn you or the dog. Only heat the food for five to 10 seconds and then check to see if it is room temperature. If it is too hot, wait until it cools off before giving it to the dog. If you have some leftover cold food, you may want to mix it with the hot so it cools a little.

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