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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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My 8 month old gsd Bear out of the blue refuses to eat his food. He went from 3 cups twice a day to almost nothing. He's also been moping around. He is a healthy male and I don't understand why. Should I switch food. He doesn't seem to mind our food. Does that mean he got spoiled with the occasional people food. Don't know what to do with him. Also, I went back to work and he's alone more than he used to be. HELP.
Bear also started limping on his hind leg 3 days ago. Doesn't seem to be hurting but you can tell he doesn't want to put weight on it. Unless you throw the ball and he definitely runs after it. Don't want to make it worse by doing that though. This is all new to me. Never owned a gsd. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 10:21 PM
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a Vet check maybe in order to check out the limping and not eating.
you're feeding 3 cups twice a day. that's 6 cups of food.
you could be over feeding him. from 9 weeks untill 9 months old
i fed my dog 1 cup in the am, 1 cup noonish and 1 cup in the pm.
sometimes he had a snack and he always had training treats.
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6 cups does seen like a lot of food, he could just be naturally cutting back especially if he's home alone and therefore sleeping more then usual which cuts down on his calorie needs

I know for all my animals, they thrive on routine so he could be out of sorts from the change but he should adapt quickly if that's the case

As for the limping I agree a vet visit would be best, if 48 hours of limited activity doesn't have it improving it should be checked out

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 11:11 PM
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I think that this type of situation needs a diagnosis from a practitioner. Get a stool sample and go to the vet.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2013, 12:07 AM
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the OP should take a stool sample an a urine sample. maybe
have some blood work done.

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I think that this type of situation needs a diagnosis from a practitioner. Get a stool sample and go to the vet.
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