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Juliem24 08-31-2014 12:56 AM

Poor appetite, otherwise happy
 
Rudy is 17 months and about 90#. The past 4-5 days, we've noticed his appetite dropping off, by which I mean that he is usually fed 2x/ day, 4 c. total, along with some fruits or veggies and yogurt, and generally wolfs it down. He has eaten poorly in the last 4 days. He has been skipping eating his a.m. feed and the last two days skipped both meals except for a few mouthfuls. No change in food (TOTW) or supplements, slight decrease in exercise due to the heat. seems happy and healthy otherwise except for eating grass occasionally and getting winded rather quickly ( which I thought was from the heat). Gums aren't pale, no vomiting/diarrhea, very engaged and alert. Drinking water fine, poop normal, just less. Belly nice and soft. Showing his usual last 3 ribs. Honestly looks great, that's why I'm confused.
Does the appetite drop off at this age? Seemed like a combination of factors to me, and not worrisome but today he really didn't eat but maybe a cupful. So, appealing to all of your shared wisdom. Is there something I need to be considering? Or do they normally was and wane? Maybe I should be feeding him only once a day? He never gets table food. Any thoughts/advice would be helpful.

Alice13 08-31-2014 01:13 AM

Mine did the same too. She's 9 months and refused to eat/ate very little of her kibbles last week. I got kinda worried but she seemed normal and active. I tried changing the way I presented her diet by adding a little raw chicken to it and she gulfed everything down within a minute. I suspected she was bored of her food so I soaked her kibbles in water before giving it to her. That got her to eat again.

Juliem24 08-31-2014 01:30 AM

Thank you, Alice. I have some leftover chicken that I was thinking of shredding and adding to the kibble with a little chicken broth tomorrow. Today I handed him some American cheese and he ate that just fine, so I know he can eat....I'm not a worrier, so if this is boredom, I'd be thrilled!

llombardo 08-31-2014 09:11 AM

I think they slow down their eating in the summer when it's hot. Who wants to eat a full meal when it's so hot. Even people eat lighter during the summer .

MaggieRoseLee 08-31-2014 11:17 AM

Keep an eye to make sure it's not a medical issue. But if he'll eat shredded chicken, but just skipping regular food, he may just be turning out to be a more discriminating (picky? :) ) eater.

I had one of those that lost over 5 pounds (happily lost it :) ) when I listened to everyone saying 'HOLD OUT, just leave the food down, take it up.. they won't starve to death..... TOUGH LOVE...'

I decided for me, that was a load of crap and I would rather see my dog eat. So when I determined that she just didn't eat when she didn't feel excited enough about the meal, I just easily learned how to spice up her kibble to get her to eat.

Great tips on ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...cky-eater.html

Good luck

Juliem24 08-31-2014 01:09 PM

Thanks! Rudy ate well this a.m. With shredded chicken, chicken broth and kibble. I only gave him 1 cup kibble. Wolfed it down. It's probably the heat, I haven't been working him much outside cuz it's hot/humid and he gets winded/hot so quickly. I'll just feed less at both meals, see how it goes. He's got bad HD, so skinny is preferable.
He may be done growing, too, and just needs less....
I also am not hungry in this weather (unless it's homegrown tomatoes!)

my boy diesel 08-31-2014 01:25 PM

keep in mind the more 'toppings' you put on the more picky the dog may become
which is fine if you dont mind adding stuff to tempt the dog to eat but if you want him to eat kibble only then dont keep mixing in other things to entice him

also the dog is done growing and filling out quite probably so may just need less food now

Juliem24 09-01-2014 01:14 AM

Thanks, my boy diesel...
I've raised a lot of dogs and never had a picky eater, this may be the 1st one, so I appreciate the advice about the consequences. The guy gets a large variety of veggies and fruits with his kibble (and always has) because I had a Siberian husky with diabetes and the endocrinologist vet told us that a straight kibble is not great for dogs, which made sense to me. So, I have tried to feed a variety to all my dogs since then. He remains off his feed tonight despite the added chicken, though he ate well this morning. I'll just watch and wait.

my boy diesel 09-01-2014 01:20 AM

just another thought
if you want to feed raw do not feed it with the kibble
some vegges dont agree with dogs
ftr millions of dogs are straight kibble fed and do just fine ;)

imo you should either stick with kibble and perhaps a bit of cooked chicken or something put in but not raw with the kibble
do either a whole raw meal or a whole kibble/cooked meat meal but not raw/kibble together

or else go with straight raw and vegetables with that
make sure the vegetables are cooked though or at least frozen as dogs cannot make much use of raw vegetables
i lightly steam what we add to our dogs raw food

Juliem24 09-02-2014 12:56 AM

I haven't fed a raw diet yet, but curious as to why one shouldn't combine raw and kibble?
I steam the veggies he gets ( learned that after finding undigested veggies in his poop: that's a waste of food!)


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