Food toppers?
#1
My previous golden retriever is "retired" now and living the life with my parents in the countryside, I believe she is 9 years now. Lately she has been being picky about her food and my parents have been sprinkling crumbled treats over it which gets her to eat. I saw some one mention food toppers here and was wondering what are some things I could suggest they use? I'm wondering if she is just bored of dry kibble AND my parents are suckers and pretty sure she has learned to wait them out to get better stuff like chicken or extra treats.

I'm thinking maybe rotate different "toppers" would get her more interested in her food again.
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#2
One of my dogs in her senior years started to struggle with the hard texture of kibble just due to ageing teeth. Might be a good idea to get her teeth checked and/or try with a softer food. Personally I don't feed canned food but perhaps their are some good ones or raw pre-prepared foods or soak kibble 1/2 hour before meal. It would be a shame if adding high value treats or toppers were just causing her to tolerate discomfort.
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#3
Good thinking Trifan. Good news is she did just had her teeth checked by the vet and was given a clean bill of health. I wonder if dogs taste diminish as they age like humans?
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#4
(05-18-2017, 10:17 AM)Tamberav Wrote: Good thinking Trifan. Good news is she did just had her teeth checked by the vet and was given a clean bill of health. I wonder if dogs taste diminish as they age like humans?

Yeah, I also wonder if the taste buds diminish with age, I guess it's possible. Also, appetite might simply diminish as well with decreased activity etc. Whereas once they might be ravenous as a result of physical output and pretty much eat anything, perhaps now their actual needs allow them to be a little more discerning. Gypsy girl didn't have any obvious tooth issues but nevertheless she seemed to find soft foods more palatable.

Preparing your own raw might be a bit of a hassle for your parents at this stage but there are some very good pre-prepared raw foods. I'd probably soak the kibble anyway and gradually replace kibble with raw until it is perhaps 1/3 kibble and 2/3 raw, don't just switch over all at once or her tummy might not like it.

Seniors are allowed to be a little precious about their foods LOL
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#5
I agree Check the teeth
I do not feed kibble by itself it has very little moisture.
So you could use cans or dehydrated to add to it, Or make a bone broth it is really easy and nutritional.
Remember to reduce the kibble accordingly. I also once a week add sardines.
I also make food by buying meat and adding a premix. My dogs rarely have the same food each day.

I have a big soft spot for goldens
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