By Dr. Jennifer Coates, PetMD
Some dogs seem to barely eat enough to stay alive. Iíve had a couple of them myself, and despite being perfectly aware that slim dogs live longer than fat ones, I canít stop myself from worrying that they may be missing something from their diets.
The first thing to do if you have a picky eater on your hands is to rule out medical causes for the behavior. A veterinarian should check your dogís teeth, gums and the rest of the oral cavity for any abnormalities, perform a complete physical exam, and maybe order blood work or other laboratory tests to confirm that your pet is healthy and not suffering from any conditions that might be related to poor nutrition.
Once you and your veterinarian have determined that your dog is simply finicky and not sick, there are a few things you can do to help him/her get all the nutrition they can from every bite.
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