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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Automatic dog feeder? thoughts

Hello German Shepherd forum,

It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to seeing what your guys thought's are on these automatic dog feeders. Let me start from the beginning.

Max my GS is 7 years old now and he has been my best friend from the day I rescued him 5 years ago. He was kept in disgusting conditions and very under malnourished. When I saw him in the kennel it was like love at first site.

Anyway, I have always worked from home online and been able to spend most of my time with max. A few days ago I've had a job opportunity and I just can't turn it down. In this new job, i will have to be out of the house for a maximum of 5 hours a day 6 days a week. I have a friend that will happily come round to feed him and let him out to do what he's gotta do. But I would prefer if I didn't have to do that. That's where the automatic feeders come in. Has anybody had any experience with these automatic dog feeders? I want to make sure he gets his meal at the right time when I'm at work. And and they reliable? Like, do they feed 100% of the time without any "malfunctions"??

Really looking forward to some replies and seeing what you guys think of these feeders!

Thanks
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a maximum of 5 hours a day 6 days a week.
If I am reading this right then I don't think you need to worry about feeding him if he is only alone for 5 hours. I feed my guy at 7AM and then when I get home around 4:30PM. And he is not starving when I feed him dinner...he might eat right away but usually not.

But if you're worried...have you thought about filling a treat dispensing toy or freezing a kong? It'll occupy his brain and stomach at the same time
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This makes me feel so much better. Normally he would sit and eat at the same time as me at 5pm. I will just have to slowly start feeding him later until the job starts. I don't want my fella to go hungry !!

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I've sat and read through the forum for a good hour now and there is so much information on our lovely GS. I have actually found out quite a few things I didn't know, great read.

While I'm here, one of my German Shepherds eyes is starting to go cloudy. I have covered his other eye and tested the cloudy one and he still seems to react. Is this normal a 7 years for a GS or should i visit a vet?

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Hmm I don't know on the eye thing?? Most like a vet visit is in order but if you some feed on that issue, you should start a thread on it. And no he will not starve with you working 5 hour days. Welcome aboard.
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Hello German Shepherd forum,

It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to seeing what your guys thought's are on these automatic dog feeders. Let me start from the beginning.

Max my GS is 7 years old now and he has been my best friend from the day I rescued him 5 years ago. He was kept in disgusting conditions and very under malnourished. When I saw him in the kennel it was like love at first site.

Anyway, I have always worked from home online and been able to spend most of my time with max. A few days ago I've had a job opportunity and I just can't turn it down. In this new job, I will have to be out of the house for a maximum of 5 hours a day 6 days a week. I have a friend that will happily come round to feed him and let him out to do what he's gotta do. But I would prefer if I didn't have to do that. That's where the automatic feeders come in. Has anybody used automatic dog feedersused automatic dog feeders? I want to make sure he gets his meal at the right time when I'm at work. And and they reliable? Like, do they feed 100% of the time without any "malfunctions"??

Really looking forward to some replies and seeing what you guys think of these feeders!

Thanks
As for the dog feeder, I'm not going to bother and just going change his eating habits and times, he shouldn't even notice. As for his eyes, it looks like a trip down to the vet to see what they have to say. I will be back with the verdict tomorrow.

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My guy is about 7-8 years old. He has a haze to his eyes. It's not an opaque covering, just a light cloudiness that is more apparent when light hits it. The condition is called lenticular sclerosis. It is pretty common in dogs 6+ and it doesn't bother them.

That said, Still see your vet. It could be other things but I wanted to put that info out there since it is a common condition.
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Hello German Shepherd forum,

It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to seeing what your guys thought's are on these automatic dog feeders. Let me start from the beginning.

Max my GS is 7 years old now and he has been my best friend from the day I rescued him 5 years ago. He was kept in disgusting conditions and very under malnourished. When I saw him in the kennel it was like love at first site.

Anyway, I have always worked from home online and been able to spend most of my time with max. A few days ago I've had a job opportunity and I just can't turn it down. In this new job, i will have to be out of the house for a maximum of 5 hours a day 6 days a week. I have a friend that will happily come round to feed him and let him out to do what he's gotta do. But I would prefer if I didn't have to do that. That's where the automatic feeders come in. Has anybody had any experience with these automatic dog feeders? I want to make sure he gets his meal at the right time when I'm at work. And and they reliable? Like, do they feed 100% of the time without any "malfunctions"??

Really looking forward to some replies and seeing what you guys think of these feeders!

Thanks
As for a pet feeder for 7 years old,i think you should choose one stable and Large capacity one feeder.
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While I'm here, one of my German Shepherds eyes is starting to go cloudy. I have covered his other eye and tested the cloudy one and he still seems to react. Is this normal a 7 years for a GS or should i visit a vet?

This sounds like an normal age-related change. Their eyes get a mottled, cloudy look to them starting around age 7-8. It doesn't affect their ability to see, but it may change the crispness of the vision (my dog's eye specialist told me it may affect ability to see fine detail close up -- basically, they think that the effect may be like older humans needing reading glasses).



That said, I think you should ask your vet to confirm that's what this is, at your next regular appointment. Cataracts can also form, and those sometimes need surgery and/or eye drops. I wouldn't view this as a need for an extra visit, but something to bring up at a check-up.


By the way, I do check-ups on my dogs every 6 months after they reach 7-8 years old, instead of annually. Things go wrong at a faster clip once they're older. Sometime between 8-10 (depending on the dog's health), we also start running their bloodwork every 6 months at some point as seniors, so that if anything is happening with the kidneys or other metabolic systems, we're noticing it.
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an eye can be as clear and sharp as an eagle's.

I don't expect to see it on any of my dogs .

a change in the eye could indicate a high state of inflammation -- a sluggsis liver,
panus , or other that should be looked at by a vet.

there are eye solutions which have silver and msm which are good to celan .
Veterycin has an ocular formula.

Make sure the dog is hydrated - no chlorine tap water -- even if you filter
it through a Britta filter you would give better water.
If you have no other option letting the tap water sit open in a bucket allowing
the chlorine to disspate would be helpful.

diet -- what are you feeding?

I wouldn't bother with an automatic feeder. I would feed in the morning - put out a
major portion of what the dog would have had for the day so that the dog is not anxious..
The dog will be comfortable , satisfied , not anxious with some internal need and snooze
the day away.
Then in the evening when you enjoy your meal he can have the remaining portion when
you have your own meal.

working away from the home for 5 hours is not long.

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