My elderly toy poodle is having difficulty getting food into his mouth. I often feed him a wet, store-bought, mushy beef and liver blend. He attacks his food voraciously, but very little food seems to make its way into his mouth and down his throat.
When he was younger, he would eat more slowly and take big bites. Now he pushes the food with his snout, and takes small rapid bites. He doesn't open his mouth as widely as he used to when digging into his food.
He is missing his small front teeth between the canines, which I think makes it harder for him to scoop food up. He still has most of the rest of his teeth, except for some very small ones between the canine teeth and molars.
Any insight or tips would be greatly appreciated. The poor guy is losing a lot of weight. Is there a way to help with this or will I have to force-feed him with a syringe.eyedropper?