My dog ​​is obsessed with food

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¿Is your dog obsessed with food? ¿He starts eating so fast that he hardly lets you finish filling his bowl? ¿He asks you for food every time he sees you eating? ¿Your weight keeps increasing while your savings decrease?

These behaviors can be due to several reasons that we will explain below, as well as their solutions. Therefore, if you believe that you dog is obsessed with food, here in Animal Expert, we explain the causes and the solution of this problem.

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  1. The origin of dogs
  2. Medical causes why a dog may be obsessed with food
  3. Homemade food for dogs
  4. Tips to fix a dog's obsession with food

The origin of dogs

Understand the origin of dogs it can be useful to understand a little better the obsession that some suffer with food. As we can see in "¿Does the dog descend from the wolf? "From AnimalWised, dogs come from the domestication, by humans, of common ancestors with wolves.

Most canids, such as wolves and dogs, live in organized societies with a very defined hierarchy, which does not always have to be static. Wolves hunt in groups and the higher-ranking individuals eat first, leaving the worst parts of the prey for the lower-ranking wolves..

It is a competitive feeding, that is, they eat voraciously when other individuals are present. This could help to clarify the reason that our pet cannot miss any opportunity to get food, and that he tries to eat as quickly as possible, to avoid someone taking the food from him.

Medical causes why a dog may be obsessed with food

Some diseases can explain this obsession with food in dogs.

Some specimens tend to eat more due to a deficient production of substances necessary for the digestion of food (digestive enzymes), while in other cases your digestive system is not able to absorb nutrients from food (as in the malabsorption syndrome) or do not adequately synthesize elements necessary to assimilate nutrients from food, as in the case of diabetes.

Diabetic dogs tend to eat more than those who do not suffer from this disease (and still do not gain weight, but tend to lose weight), due to a deficit in the hormone insulin, which helps assimilate the glucose obtained from food by the body's cells Of the dog.

On the other hand, some parasites, Like intestinal worms, they steal part of the nutrients that the dog obtains from food, so the animal must eat more to supply it. In addition, and although this is not a disease, it should not be forgotten that dogs that do a large amount of exercise need to eat more to maintain their ideal weight.

Homemade food for dogs

As in the case of humans, the palatability (that is, the taste and characteristics that make a food palatable) determines whether the dog eats more or less.

Although there are tasty feed on the market with a high acceptance by our pets, in most cases dogs they prefer homemade food for its better taste, despite having this way of feeding our pets some drawbacks.

Tips to fix a dog's obsession with food

1. Rule out any health problems

As we have seen, there are some diseases that can make a dog obsessed with food, so it is recommended visit a vet so that you discard them.

There are solutions both for the deficient production of substances necessary to digest food and for its malabsorption. These solutions usually include specific diets, in most commercially available occasions, which should be recommended by the veterinarian after diagnosing the specific process.

Also exists on the market insulin for dogs, useful in the case of diabetes, whose dosage and control must also be defined by a veterinarian.

2. Control the amount of food and intake

On the other hand, if our dog eats very fast, there are feeders with obstacles at the bottom that can help make him eat slower. They are known as antivoracity feeders. In addition, if the dog is not able to control the amount of food he eats, it is recommended to completely reject the feeding. ad libitum (fill his feeder every time he eats it and keep it always full).

Instead of this, it is recommended measure the amount of food that is supplied to you.

In most feed sacks the amount of food (in grams) to be provided to the dog is indicated according to the weight of the animal, generally this information is on the back or on one side of the sack.

Here it should be noted that, in the case of puppies, the weight of the animal refers to the weight that the dog will have as an adult. This fact is usually also indicated on the label, although it usually causes confusion in some owners.

Thus, for example, if a sack of feed says that you have to provide 200 gr. For a dog between 10 and 20 kg of adult weight, it means that you have to give that amount if your dog is of a breed that reaches that weight as an adult (for example, a Beagle), although now it is a 4 kg puppy.

3. Beware of homemade food

In the case of homemade food, as in the case of dogs asking for food at the table when their masters are eating, the solution is to never give it, ignore it and not give in to their pleas.

Do not forget that every time a dog asks for food and is given it, it is being encouraged to keep asking. That is, the dog performs an action (asking for food) and gets a reward (food), so it will tend to repeat it.

When trying to correct this behavior, two mistakes are usually made:

  1. In many cases, the majority of the family does not give him but a member or a guest does, either because he feels sorry (something understandable, on the other hand), or because he has not found out.
  2. It can also happen that, although food is not normally given when it asks, there are special occasions when it is, such as holidays, birthdays of relatives or the dog itself, days that there is food left over, etc..

What's more...

It may happen that your dog's level of obsession with food has been transferred to the street, and it may begin to eat things off the ground. This behavior is also self-reinforcing and can cause the dog to start walking, absorbed, looking for prizes on the street without hardly lifting its head off the ground..

This is a more serious problem, as the dog could eat spoiled food and even remains of poisoned food. To avoid this, the self-control through basic obedience (come, stay, let go ...).

As we have seen, it is not so strange that a dog is obsessed with food, but fortunately it is a problem that has a solution.

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