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Old 05-28-2013, 08:36 PM
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Puppy barely eating

I know gone supposed to feed a puppy 3 times a day but macee will only eat once. Sometimes morning sometimes night never lunch. I give her a handful each meal (I have small hands).
She poops twice a day most days I don't know how because she really doesn't eat much.
Is it bad she is eating only once and no where close to a full cup a day. My vet just said to try purina or another cheap food but I really want her on a good one. Right now she is on blue buffalo I'm going to try wellness next :/
She has tons of energy but It has gotten really bad where she barely eats and it's concerning me


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Old 05-28-2013, 08:44 PM
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Dogs, including puppies, eat when they are hungry. It's very, very easy to overfeed a dog--you're actually lucky that Macee knows when she's full and won't keep going!

When Calypso was a baby, she staged her share of "hunger strikes," too. Yes, I panicked. Yes, everything turned out fine.

One thing you can do is, set the food down for 15 minutes, period, then pick it up, regardless of how much is eaten. Repeat for each meal. That will teach her to eat at mealtimes, if she's hungry.

Keep in mind that dog food manufacturers vastly overstate (on the bag) how much your dog "should" be eating each day. After all, their goal is to sell more dog food, right? According to the bag, Calypso should be eating 1 to 1.25 cup a day. She gets 1/2 a cup (.25+.25) and almost always leaves a few pieces of kibble behind.
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I'd say you need a new vet.

Any vet who recommends "try another cheap food" in the face of a situation like this is not worth my time.

Find a vet who can give you nutrition information, and actual measurements as feeding guidelines (cups/ounces per day instead of handfuls or bowls). Also, the vet will be able to support or disagree with your claim that the pup SHOULD be eating more. A thorough exam and possible lab work will confirm if the pup is fine or has a medical reason for not eating much.

Could be serious, could be nothing. But if your gut reaction is something is not right, you need a thorough vet to put you at ease or to help your pup appropriately.
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How big is the puppy (weight) and how old is she?

Does she seem healthy and does she have energy to run and play?
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She's 7 pound 3.5 month old poochon. She sleeps alot but when she's awake she is very active


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I am looking for a new vet now since the one I have is a very small town vet


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How much are you feeding? It could be to much per meal. Try small amounts per meal..My adult 7 pound Chihuahua gets 2 tablespoons of dry with a little water twice a day.
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A 7 pound puppy will eat very little food. You will be able to measure it with tablespoons or even just count the kibbles. She won't eat nearly a cup, probably more like 1/4th cup a day.

I'd put down a dish 3 times a day and let her have what she wants.

So long as she is active, happy, playful, and is eating something twice a day, she should be fine.
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Oh wow I thought I read one cup for her size.. I bet she eats 1/4 of a cup a day I will try measuring it tomorrow! Thanks laides!


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