Short version: My dog Astrid is an 8-ish year old Finnish Lapphund and her vet says that there is a bit too much dog in the dog. As she is also the laziest herding dog I’ve ever met, a more appropriate intake to output ratio is best placed starting with input. I have reduced her kibble. However, she now eats about 2/3 of the RDA for her food*, and she’s hungry. I’m looking for healthy additives to her kibble to help her feel more full without contraindicating the whole diet thing.
This is a dog who eats grass recreationally, so I did not think this would be hard.
I tried adding diced carrots to her puzzle ball. She thinks this is a cruel joke. There is carrot all over my floor.
I’ve also added chopped green beans to her supper- this was a hit with our Goldens growing up. She isn’t sure about the green beans. She will eat them, but it requires that she take them out of her dish one by one, carry them into the living room, and eat them there. On the bright side, this does mean that she’s getting her steps in by walking back and forth.
She begs for lettuce but doesn’t actually want it once she has it. The possession is the important part.
Next on the list is diced apple.
What foods have you added to your dog’s diet to help fill them up?
*She eats Orijen Adult and will be switching to their Fit and Trim food once the pet store gets it in stock. I need to reevaluate her diet- I think that as she’s gotten older and her metabolism is changing, the Orijen may be too high protein and fat for her activity level and not high enough in fiber and carbs to help her feel full, considering the amount she eats- but I also want to check her bloodwork before we make too many changes. I have reason to believe that her current weight is primarily due to extremely effective begging in her father’s direction, and that reducing her french fry consumption by 100% will do the trick, but I’d like to make sure I know what’s going on internally.