My Dog Won’t Eat…And That’s OK!

My Dog Won't Eat...And That's OK!

Visionary Keto Pet Foods

By Patrick Wardell

Visionary Keto Pet Foods

It’s meal time!

And you’ve got a juicy keto beef patty ready for your pup. You take it out, place it in your dog’s bowl and add some warm broth to entice their senses.

You know it’s about to be devoured. So you wait…and wait…and then…

Nothing happens.

What is going on?

You buy them the best. You do everything right. And yet, sometimes your dog just doesn’t want to eat.

If this is you, don’t worry. We’ve got some good news: it’s OK!

Your dog knows when it’s time to eat, and when it’s not. Keep reading to learn why...

What is Selective Feeding?

Many of us grew up feeding our dogs 2-3 times per day. While this may seem like the norm, it’s actually a VERY recent trend.

For most of canine history, dogs (and their wolf ancestors) were lucky to find a meal even once per day. And much like humans, it was with the advent of modern agriculture that EVERYTHING changed.

Fasting was a way of life for most of dogs’ long evolutionary history. And just as the benefits of fasting and caloric restriction are supported for human health, our canine companions also benefit from going without food from time to time.  


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How Do I Fast My Dog?

Many dogs will instinctively know how to practice selective feeding. All you need to do is let them.

The next time your dog’s bowl goes untouched, don’t be alarmed. Give them up to 24 hours to selectively feed. After that time, start with some gentle encouragement to eat again. 

However, if your dog is one that is ALWAYS looking for their next meal, you may want to intentionally limit their food from time to time. After all, the concept of selective feeding can break down a bit when we’re talking about a hungry pug!

Here are 2 easy ways to implement a 24 hour fast for your dog.

1. Don’t feed your dog for 24 hours.

2. Transition your dog to a schedule of 1 meal per day.

Yes. It’s that easy.

If it takes few tries to get to a full 24 hour fast, don’t get discouraged. Some dogs need some time to work up to a full day’s fast.

Does Keto Dog Food Help?

The short answer? YES!

If your dog is fat-adapted and burning ketones, they should have no problem completing a 24 hour fast. In fact, many visionary pet parents feed their dog 1 meal per day – which they could not do with their previous food.

So tell us....What has your experience been with selective feeding?

Do you find that your dog knows when they want to fast? Or do you intentionally limit their food from time to time.

Send us an email at and let us know what YOU think!

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  • Hello Everyone,

    Thank you for the amazing feedback! It truly means a lot to hear from amazing pet parents who sincerely care about optimal nutrition.

    Robert – I’d be happy to help you with your dietary questions. Please email me at and I’ll walk you through exactly what to do. Thanks!

    Visionary Pet
  • My dogs will selectively fast for at least 24 hrs. usually 2-3 times a month…. they are currently on a raw diet, and get roasted chicken, and raw thighs for lunch, and then dinner, I feed them their ground turkey, and roasted chicken with a raw thigh, and then all of their supplements go in this meal…

    Jane Thompson
  • My dog has been on Science diet Id for 13 years. I would feed him morning and evening and he would cry like he was going to starve while I was fixing his food. With the Keto pet food I feed him once a day and he just waits quietly. He eats every speck and licks the plate. He is fourteen now and he has had this food for about three months. He looks like he feels better. He is not limping as much with his arthritis . Thank you so much for your excellent product.


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