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Old 03-01-2017, 01:13 PM
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Puppy Doesn't Eat When I'm Gone

Hey there.
I have 3 months old husky puppy. He has some appetite problems. I try to feed him 3 times a day. But he won't eat when I'm not at home. I go school every morning and my mom give him breakfast and lunch but he doesn't eat even a bit till I get home. When I get home evening he eats like crazy. I'd like him to eat more! He only eats 1/3 his recommended amount.
He is totally healhy by the way. No vomiting no diarrhea. But sometimes he seems depressive when i'm gone.

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Old 03-01-2017, 02:28 PM
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One of my dogs does the same thing. I feed her in the morning when I leave for work, but she often doesn't touch it until I get home in the evening (and my other dog leaves it, surprisingly).

It sounds like your pup has a bit of separation anxiety. As long as he isn't underweight and doesn't appear malnourished, it's likely nothing to worry about. I have found that they never eat anywhere CLOSE to what the bag recommends for feeding them.

If you do feel he should eat more, you can try mixing in a bit of wet food with his dry food in the morning. I'd only recommend this if he's underweight, though. Once they get the taste of the wet food, it can be hard to switch them back to only eating dry food! It's also possible that he's not crazy about the food you're giving him, so you could try switching him to a different food.

Most dogs are fed twice a day, and some only once a day, so don't feel bad if he's not eating every time you feed him. He'll eat when he's hungry
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How much exercise, if any, does he get in the morning? My dog is the same way-- almost never eats in the morning! I know that for her, she needs to expend a ton of energy before she's hungry enough to eat, and as the dog park is pretty empty most mornings, she doesn't tend to get enough of her energy out until the afternoon/evening.

Unless you start seeing other issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, etc., I'm not sure I'd be so concerned, but if it is something you still worry about, I'd maybe try upping his exercise in the morning and seeing if that makes a difference.

What food is he on?
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You could always adjust when you feed him. If you have time, try feeding him breakfast while your getting ready. Then (depending on your schedule) when you get home give him his second meal and later on his third.
As others have said, it may just be a touch of separation anxiety. Or just a puppy phase he will grow out of. As long as not underweight or sick I wouldn't be to worried. But it may be worth it to talk with your vets, just to see if they feel that its fine that he's only getting what he's getting or if they feel he should be eating more.
Try having your mom feed him while your home and have her add a bit of something extra special. It may help him feel more comfortable eating while your gone if he creates a positive association with your mom feeding him, and knowing that when she feeds him, extra good things happen (ie. the bit of extra on top of his food). Or you can have your mom try adding a bit of something like wet dog food just to up the appeal and taste, it may encourage him to eat.
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Thank you for replies appreciated. He is 3 months old and 24lb now. Doesn't seem underweight. I cant give him wet food because he has extremly sensitive stomach. I tried 3 times different wet foods (hills, taste of wild, bozita) everytime he had diarrhea. Maybe we'll try put some treats top on food.

I used Taste of Wild Roasted Bison Puppy for first. But his body doesnt accept it. We saw some vomiting and diarrhea. And switched with Advance Puppy Sensitive he is okay now.
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We found with Samantha's 'sensitive' stomach, that anytime she ate a large quantity of food, her stomach would become upset and she often would throw up. We now feed her small quantities of food, three times per day, which has eliminated 99.9% of her upset stomach problems.
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