7 month old pup - odd eating habits
My best friend is having a little trouble with her 7 month old pup and getting her to eat consistently. She's about 50 lbs at the moment and usually on the lean side. However, recently she's been looking like she's lost weight and you can see most of her ribs. As a tiny pup from the breeder, she was given frozen raw (a blend of chicken and veggies I believe). She ate this for a few months but then she started having some digestive issues and it didn't seem to agree with her so she would skip meals. My friend switched her to Orijen and she began to scarf it down like she was starving...
So she's been on Orijen for a few months now and is pretty inconsistent with eating. She gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to work up an appetite before meal times, which can help, but not always. She will often eat normally for a day or two and then skip up to three meals in a row. She's getting 3 cups of Regional Red per day (or that's what we're aiming for based on the bag and her weight).
She did just go into her first heat this week, however, this problem was happening before that happened. Other than the finicky eating habits, she is full of energy and attitude and doesn't seem to have slowed down at all. Our concern is that she should be eating more and that she might not be getting all the nutrients she needs from the food. I know GSDs can be finicky eaters, but we don't want to jump around swapping foods and "feed the beast" haha.
Thoughts? She is already planning to take her to the vet to ensure nothing is physically wrong with her. If she was your dog, what would you do? Happy to answer any other questions if you guys have any!
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