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Our fur child is now 7 months and 1 week old, He was at the vets today for a weigh in,,,93.8 LBS, 28 inches tall . About the last 1--2 months he has gotten "thick" , put on alot of bulk. He is by no means fat, just a good strong build. At what age is it reccomended for a GSD to switch to one meal each day?
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I feed twice a day. I divide up the portion I would give in one whole meal and make it into two meals.

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I have always fed my dogs 2 meals a day, I can't imagine only being fed 1x a day and watching your people eat all the time.
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do you have one those over sized Shepherds? my dogs are fed twice a day.
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I feed two meals a day - Dante is almost 5 years old

2 meals a day isn't going to make a difference in his weight, unless you're over feeding

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I feed 2x a day
mine weighs 110 and has for over a year he is all muscle
there are a few here that will vouch for him

When brady was almost a year he weighed 94
yours sound like my B-boy

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Chance gets fed 3x a day and Zoey (Pekingese/Pomeranian mix) gets fed twice a day. I would feel guilty feeding once a day when I myself split my meals into 4-6 small meals a day so I don't get the chance to feel hungry. (Otherwise I get sick, I'd imagine my dog doesn't feel much better if he were going 24 hours between each meal)
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Both of mine get fed twice per day...once in the morning and once around dinner time, and they are not overweight at all.

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Originally Posted By: Doug P. At what age is it reccomended for a GSD to switch to one meal each day?
Preferably, never. The bigger the dog, the bigger the risk of bloating. Dividing the food in two meals is a way to help to prevent bloat.

And if you want your pup to loose some weight is preferable to give less food in several meals than in only one, as you are feeding less but giving time to the dog to absorb nutrients better.

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What does your vet say about your puppy's weight? It sounds to me like he is ENORMOUS. MY Cody is huge, he is 30" at the shoulder and his adult weight now, at almost 3 years of age is 103-105 lbs, that is his ideal weight... I know for a fact he was not 93lbs at 7 mths, so either your puppy is even bigger than Cody OR he is fat. I would ask the vet.
Since he is so big, I would feed him twice a day for the rest of his life. I feed Cody THREE times a day still and always will. HE is such a big dog that his stomach gets too empty at night and he throws up. When he eats more frequently, 3 times a day, he never throws up.
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