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Old 05-12-2014, 09:29 PM
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Puppy not eating very much

Hi guys,

Frankie is actually almost 8 months now that I think about it.
Just over the past few days he seems to have lost interest in his food. I wasn't sure whether it was the sudden change in weather (we had gone from it being fairly warm to a quick drop in temperature) or something else.

Apart from the lack of appetite, his behaviour is pretty much the same. He's been a little more snuggly, but I would assume that would be because of the sudden chill. He still has plenty of energy, he looks alert and his poops still look the same.

I did a bit of a search and most advice was just "make sure they're not sick, take them to the vet" which of course I will do if it continues and he looks like he's not doing well.

I was thinking maybe he's just hit a period where his growth rate is slowing a bit and food isn't as interesting? I did notice when he had his growth spurts he just seemed to be forever starving, so for about a week and a bit, I would pretty spend the whole time just shovelling food into this apparently hollow dog.

Normally he gets fed in the morning before I go to work, when I get home, and late at night before I go to bed. At the beginning, I was taking his food bowl up if he hadn't eaten all of it after like 15 mins, mostly so it wasn't there to make a mess of later, but there was no need for that really, because he would basically inhale his food and there wasn't anything left to take up.
I was considering changing it to 2 feeding times instead of the 3 because he's getting older, but I wasn't sure yet.

Last few days I've just been leaving it down so he has access to it whenever, because I don't want him to not have anything if he does decide he's hungry when it's not there. At this stage, he last ate yesterday. I don't think he's starving or anything, just wasn't sure if it was a growing thing.

Thanks!
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Hi guys,

Frankie is actually almost 8 months now that I think about it.
Just over the past few days he seems to have lost interest in his food. I wasn't sure whether it was the sudden change in weather (we had gone from it being fairly warm to a quick drop in temperature) or something else.

Apart from the lack of appetite, his behaviour is pretty much the same. He's been a little more snuggly, but I would assume that would be because of the sudden chill. He still has plenty of energy, he looks alert and his poops still look the same.

I did a bit of a search and most advice was just "make sure they're not sick, take them to the vet" which of course I will do if it continues and he looks like he's not doing well.

I was thinking maybe he's just hit a period where his growth rate is slowing a bit and food isn't as interesting? I did notice when he had his growth spurts he just seemed to be forever starving, so for about a week and a bit, I would pretty spend the whole time just shovelling food into this apparently hollow dog.

Normally he gets fed in the morning before I go to work, when I get home, and late at night before I go to bed. At the beginning, I was taking his food bowl up if he hadn't eaten all of it after like 15 mins, mostly so it wasn't there to make a mess of later, but there was no need for that really, because he would basically inhale his food and there wasn't anything left to take up.
I was considering changing it to 2 feeding times instead of the 3 because he's getting older, but I wasn't sure yet.

Last few days I've just been leaving it down so he has access to it whenever, because I don't want him to not have anything if he does decide he's hungry when it's not there. At this stage, he last ate yesterday. I don't think he's starving or anything, just wasn't sure if it was a growing thing.

Thanks!

FWIW, I stopped doing 3 feedings around 4 months. That could be it.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:29 AM
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It is possible that as his body matures he is needing less food.

If it keeps up and any other concerns show themselves a vet visit is a good idea.

I have to switch my dog Quenya to a different food about on a yearly basis. My most scientific reason for why I have to do this is: She just gets sick of it. After the same taste for a while she doesn't want to eat it any longer. We stay within 4Health feeds but switch to a different recipe Ex. from Whitefish to Lamb.
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Merlin did this when he was a young puppy. He just kind of picked at his food most of the time and scarfed it down when he got hungry enough. I never worried because he looked and acted healthy and the vet never implied that he was underweight or anything like that.
A healthy dog won't let itself starve.

Later, I switched his food and he practically inhales it now. The food I'm feeding is a better quality, too. (I switched from Blue Buffalo puppy formulas to Acana Lmab and Chicken) The switch also eliminated some other issues he was having like gas.
Even though my dog is old enough, I haven't cut down on the number of feedings yet.
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Thanks for your replies guys

I did think that maybe he was sick of the food! I try to vary it by mixing different stuff in every now and again, but I don't want it to get to the stage where he refuses to eat it if I haven't mixed it with some homemade stock or something.

Looking back at photos, it seems his growth rate has really slowed after his initial spurts, so maybe he's easing into his 'normal' period. His paws are huuuge and he's still only young, so he has heaps of growing to do (being a mastiff/wolfhound cross and at this stage only being the height of a small lab) maybe it will be spread out now.

I'm going to look more extensively into different foods we have here in Australia. Most of the brands mentioned on here I have never seen or heard of, so I'm not sure what would be equivalent quality wise over here.

Definitely keeping an eye on him though, but there hasn't been any other changes that I've seen yet. He's still a lovely mix of excitable puppy and cuddly couch potato, possibly getting cheekier as he realises he loves to get chased.

I also just bought a toy that fits a bit of kibble in it. I thought maybe eating it out of the bowl was just too boring, so we'll see how that goes too. I might alternate between that and the kong, although the kong is usually reserved for more exciting stuff than kibble.
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