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Old 06-29-2013, 07:30 AM
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Puppy eating habits

My puppy Dany is now 13 weeks old (I can't believe we've had her for 5 weeks already!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:56 AM
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Oops! I realized I only posted the first line before. Here is my situation:

Dany is 13 weeks old. In the last week I have noticed a change in her eating habits. She has never been overly food-motivated, but lately it seems like she has lost her appetite. For instance, she will refuse lunch or only eat half of her dinner. (We have been feeding her the same amount for the last 3 weeks)

She has been getting more exercise lately and socializing more with doggy play dates (they are fully vaccinated). The increased play/exercise was to help her sleep at night... and keep my skin from being a play toy! I thought the more exercise would make her more hungry, not less. I get worried that she is sick, but everything else seems absolutely normal. When we get back from play or walks she takes a nap and wakes up ready for her next adventure. (She is going to the vet this friday for boosters.)

Is it possible I was feeding her too much before? Should I just leave out food all the time in case she is hungry later? Should she be moving from 3 to 2 meals a day? Does this warrant an earlier trip to the vet? Are we over doing it with play and exercise? Does she need a different food brand?

I feel like an overly paranoid mom, but she is a growing pup and needs to be properly nourished! I try to feed her at regular times, but when she refuses/doesn't finish a meal I don't know the best way to handle it. I don't want to feed her too late and have her waking up 2x in the night.

Any advice would be much appreciated! This forum is so wonderful, thanks for the help!!
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She may only need 2 meals a day now.
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My now-15-week-old still gets 3 small meals a day. He spends most of his days at a doggy daycare running himself ragged (it's wonderful!), so I'm pretty sure he needs the nutrition. He isn't too interested in food first thing in the morning, but I know he's getting lunch at the day care. The third meal is when we get home around 6:30-ish, and then no more food after that so he won't need to get up during the night. The only exception is an occasional treat later in the evening for training practice or to make him extra happy to get into his crate at bedtime.

If you're really concerned, I would wait till your next vet visit for regular things and ask the doctor what your dog's feeding should look like at this age.

I also anticipate that you will see a spike in her food interest when her next growth spurt happens. In between spurts, my pup isn't as interested in finishing all his meals, but he certainly doesn't seem to be starving
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Thank you for the reassurance : ) I just can't figure out what Dany makes hungry. She'll run around like a crazy pup playing with other puppies and still not eat much!
Two days ago she finally ate all three meals. Yesterday she didn't even eat half of that. She had been so consistent before that it makes me nervous when she doesn't make up her missed meals later. I will definitely ask my vet tomorrow.
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