February 18, 2011 § 13 Comments
Maple has a ferocious appetite so when she began losing interest in her kibbles, MM and I thought “Oh no… we have a fussy lil’ eater on our hands!” I have read and been told how poodles, in general, can be very picky eaters. And, now, we might have just found one in Maple. We weren’t about to switch Maple to another brand of kibbles—in case that might exacerbate the problem—so we tried different means of making breakfast and dinner more fun and engaging. We would play games with the kibbles: sprinkling them about on the floor, stuffing them in a KONG toy, hiding them for Maple to find, etc. Nothing seemed to work.
MM and I were really puzzled with Maple’s odd attitude towards her kibbles. It wasn’t until I found some advice from two pet forums that the discovery was made! The advice given was actually intended for young puppies, but I decided to give it a try anyway. Here’s how it goes: (1) pound the kibbles into pieces, (2) rehydrate the kibbles in hot water, (3) allow the mixture to cool before feeding. Sounds simple enough. Low and behold, Maple gobbled every last morsel in her food bowl!
We have been rehydrating Maple’s kibbles for the past two weeks, and have had only the sheer pleasure of watching her finish all her meals. Preparing Maple’s kibbles this way takes a bit more time; however, now that we can forego using a mallet on the kibbles, the whole process doesn’t require much effort at all.
We begin by scooping 40g of kibbles (2/3 Orijen Puppy Formula + 1/3 Canine Caviar Adult Formula) into Maple’s food bowl. [Note: I’ll be reviewing both Orijen and Canine Caviar in a future post, so do look out for it!] Boil a kettle of water and, once ready, pour just enough water to cover the kibbles. A little warning here: your kitchen may smell of wet dog food for a while—it takes a bit of getting used to. I give the kibbles approximately ten minutes to rehydrate and cool down.
Looking at Maple’s delicate little teeth, I can only hypothesize that dry kibbles (Orijen in particular) may just be too hard for her. Wet kibbles, on the other hand, are softer and easier to chomp on. I have also noticed that Maple burps far less often, now that she’s on wet kibbles. Dry kibbles, I have read, will expand once in contact with the moist environment of a small dog’s tummy, and this could lead to indigestion and belching. All in all, Maple seems so much happier now that the mystery has been solved. *sigh* It’s a relief to see Maple enjoying her food again!