How to get Your Dog to Eat Prescribed Dog Food
21 November, 2011

As dogs or even cats get older, they (like people) are often overcome by some sort of medical condition.  I’m sure as a pet owner, you have encountered this issue.  Then, the next natural step that follows is that your veterinarian will most likely prescribe a type of dog food that is different from what your dog is now eating.

Prescription dog foods are generally used for a variety of health conditions such as allergies, diabetes, colitis, obesity or bladder stones.  And, let’s be honest, your dogs are going to know that this new food isn’t his regular dog food. Some dogs are more finicky than others and have difficulty adjusting to prescription food. If your dog decides not to eat the food, you may still be able to convince him by trying the below.


First, try to introduce the prescription diet by slowly mixing the new food with the former dog food for five days unless the veterinarian advises otherwise. Each day, add more of the new food and less of the original diet until your dog eats the prescription diet exclusively.  You can even throw in some of your dog’s favorite foods in little morsels to make it more palatable.

Feed multiple small meals instead of one large one. Divide the dog’s daily food portion over three small meals to gradually introduce the new diet and encourage the dog’s appetite.

Mix dry and canned prescription dog foods. Canned food often smells more appetizing to a dog than dry food. Factor in the dog’s total calorie intake when you mix wet and dry food so that you do not over feed him.  In other words, don’t use a whole can when mixing the food if that is the dog’s entire daily intake.

This tastes pretty good!


Follow your veterinarian’s instructions about the prescription diet. Feed your dog the correct amount of food for his weight and health condition. If your dog is on a weight maintenance prescription, it is important to only feed him the recommended amount. Reduce the dog’s food quantity to the prescribed amount gradually so that the dog’s appetite adjusts to the new amount of food.

Do not give your dog food outside of his prescribed diet. Other food may interact with the prescription or make it less effective. The prescription diets are scientifically developed to manage specific canine health conditions and provide complete nutrition.

If all else fails, you can always ask your veterinarian for an alternative prescription dog food if he or she refuses to eat the new food after many attempts.  Or you can always go the holistic route and check to see if there is a natural food that addresses your dog’s condition.

Good luck and hope the food helps your dog’s illness, weight, or ailment. Create a profile on today!

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