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My Hans has only been eating about one half of his meals. He is almost 1 yr. Old walks 2 miles every morning with me and is healthy. Could it be the heat here in Florida? He is on Proplan focus for puppys. Normally eats 5 cups per day. Now about 2-3 cups.

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It could be the heat; there might be a girl in season nearby; or he's just slowing down his growth as he reaches adulthood.

How many meals is he getting a day? Do you leave the dish out with food in it (not a good practice) or are you picking it up after 15 minutes or so even if he hasn't eaten it all?

I'd do a wait, watch and see at this point, I think. If he's not vomiting, or doesn't have diarrhea, keeps drinking water as needed and stays in good condition and weight with enough energy (factoring in the heat—mine always go into slow motion in the summertime) I think you can just keep an eye on him.

Above all—DON'T start adding extra treats to his food to get him more interested; he'll just get pickier and start to turn up his nose at anything that doesn't quite meet his standards. And, given no symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, lack of energy, bad coat) I don't think you need to switch to another dog food either.

Wait, just reread your post—somewhere in there I think you should make a slow transition to adult food—ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, salmon and rice is a food a lot of us have success with.
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My Hans has only been eating about one half of his meals. He is almost 1 yr. Old walks 2 miles every morning with me and is healthy. Could it be the heat here in Florida? He is on Proplan focus for puppys. Normally eats 5 cups per day. Now about 2-3 cups.

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I have seen heat do that some here in Indiana - and FLA is lots hotter . I have found that adding some water over his food helps some ,
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1. He's hitting the adolescent age where many males start going off their food. If he doesn't eat it after 5min. Pick it up and give it to him for his next meal. They can sometimes go a day without eating.

2. 5 cups seems like a lot. My dogs are extremely active and my male only gets 4 cups of PPP Sport 30/20. You may also want to consider taking him off of puppy food.

3. Heat can def. contribute as well.
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Thank you for your response. I puts me at peace of mind

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He has 2 meals a day. I do not add anything to his meals, and pick it up after 10 min.
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It could be the heat; there might be a girl in season nearby; or he's just slowing down his growth as he reaches adulthood.

How many meals is he getting a day? Do you leave the dish out with food in it (not a good practice) or are you picking it up after 15 minutes or so even if he hasn't eaten it all?

I'd do a wait, watch and see at this point, I think. If he's not vomiting, or doesn't have diarrhea, keeps drinking water as needed and stays in good condition and weight with enough energy (factoring in the heat—mine always go into slow motion in the summertime) I think you can just keep an eye on him.

Above all—DON'T start adding extra treats to his food to get him more interested; he'll just get pickier and start to turn up his nose at anything that doesn't quite meet his standards. And, given no symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, lack of energy, bad coat) I don't think you need to switch to another dog food either.

Wait, just reread your post—somewhere in there I think you should make a slow transition to adult food—ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, salmon and rice is a food a lot of us have success with.
Couldn't have told you any differently--or more concisely.

With the heat and his age the only thing I'd change is feeding him puppy food--I know some people feed puppy foo longer than others but I've gone back to not feeding puppy food at all. And even when I did I switched to adult formulas or all age formulas by the time they were six month.

Like Mel, with the heat, I'd just do a wait and see at this point.

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Thank you for your response.

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