Is it normal that my small dog will only eat ¼ of dry food?

Original Question: My Shih Tzu only eats 1/4 cup of dry food sometimes and she is a fussy eater, is this normal? - Mary

Is it normal that my small dog will only eat ¼ of dry food? Jul 30, 2017

Hi Mary,

This may or may not be normal for your dog. Several things to consider are the type of food, calorie content, and nutrient profile of the food. These factors may limit how much she wants to eat. Alternatively, there could be a medical reason such as dental disease, intestinal disorders, endocrine disease, or behavioral/stress problems. If you haven’t had a recent checkup with your veterinarian, I would encourage you to do so.

I hope this helps!

Dr. Ryan Llera

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