Many dogs are fading in the heat and going off their food, but we have a few tips to try and tempt your hound back to eating. Firstly, don’t feed in the heat of the day, stick to the cooler mornings and evenings.
If you are a raw feeder, give your dog bones straight from the freezer – not only will they last longer as they are harder to chew, your dog will cool down as he eats the meat ice lolly.
You can freeze a stuffed Kong to make a cooling fun game of their dinner. A Nature’s Menu complete cube goes, with a shove, in the large Kong and can be used as the base for any recipe, simply stuffing the remaining space with treats. Alternately you can try some of the following tasty ideas to make your pooch peckish again:
If your hound favours fish, try filling your Kong with chopped sardines and a little banana. You can freeze with a few dried sprats sticking out the top to get him started.
Many dogs love peanut butter, so you can plug the hole with a piece of banana and fill with a mix of peanut butter and mashed pumpkin. Freeze with a piece of banana sticking out the top like a lolly stick.
Try a little tripe
Most dogs can’t resist the pungent aroma of tripe and, while this may not be the most pleasant recipe to prepare, it is likely to get a good reaction. Mix minced tripe with a little liver and mashed potato and stuff the Kong. Freeze with a piece of salami sticking out to really tease the taste buds.
Cheese is another strong smell that most dogs can’t resist, so mix some up with minced chicken and spoon into a Kong. Wedge a chicken’s foot in the opening before freezing to give your dog a clue on the filling.
When you prepare these Kongs, it’s best to wrap them in a plastic bag or tin foil so that they don’t leak and contaminate any other food in the freezer. It’s a good idea to fill a few Kongs at once to improve the mess to satisfaction ratio. Then simply take one out when you are ready and put it down for your dog’s delight.