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post #291 of 295 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 08:29 PM
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I would never free-feed any of my dogs. After from free feeding my dogs in the past (couple years ago) they all got overweight, they just ate whenever they pleased which means they go to the bathroom at crazy time frames. So, now I just portion Chloe's meals twice a day.
Going to the bathroom at crazy times did cross my mind too - its already been pretty hard trying to house train him because he'll go to the bathroom when we're not home and/or random times when we're sleeping. I think I'll stick with 2x/day meal times.

The other 2 dogs have designated mealtimes also, may as well keep them all on the same schedule!

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I have a purebred king shepherd, Im not sure but I think he is almost constantly in phase 1 bloat, it comes and goes rite? Because he will exhibit symptoms for about an hour maybe less then he is fine I think. Mostly it happens after I take him out to jog n run, he does drink alot when we come home but isnt he thirsty? I dont want my baby to be in pain but I dont want him dehydrated after playing either...this has happened alot, he pants whines and is restless during this time after playing and drinking. Is this serious?
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Six days ago at night, Dingo, 10 months old GSD bloated. Had no car at the moment to take him to the vet. Didn't succeed with the tube. Pierced his stomach with a needle and immediately he looked more comfortable. Gained time till the taxi came to take him to a clinic.

Proved there was no torsion.

We ve scheduled surgerry to tack his stomach.

This whole thing is really ****in scary!
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I feed my 14 Week GSD puppy 4 times a day. I let her chose the quantity i.e. if she finishes her meal in 10 minutes, then the next feed quantity is slightly increased, and vice versa.

Would this process also be considered as "Free Feeding" ?
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I feed my 14 Week GSD puppy 4 times a day. I let her chose the quantity i.e. if she finishes her meal in 10 minutes, then the next feed quantity is slightly increased, and vice versa.

Would this process also be considered as "Free Feeding" ?
Be careful not to over feed...you don't want your shepherd to grow to fast. It is not good for there joints.
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