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Dogs Name: Ori AKA Harold DogDog (Hairy Dog), RIP Caesar, Katana, Kip, Capri
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Dogs Age: DogDog 3 yrs?; RIP Kip 11 yrs; Capri 7 yrs; Katana 9 yrs; Caesar 13 yrs
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Every dog is a little different when it comes to what food they like, but a lot of us have had luck with Purina Pro Plan (Focus? They keep changing names) Sensitive Skin and Stomach, salmon and rice formula.
But first, just a few things for a check-up…
Is she thin (backbone and hip bones showing)? Lanky and chubby come and go with a young growing puppy, and it is better that they are just a touch on the light side rather than overweight, but she shouldn't be absolutely bony. Maybe posting a picture or two here could help us judge if she is eating as much as she needs to eat.
41 pounds might be a little light, or may be just right, for her height and build. You can't make them grow bigger by feeding more—she will grow to whatever size she is meant to be.
How much are you feeding her and how often? If you are feeding 3 times a day still, she may just be backing off on how many times she needs to eat a day.
Are you seeing any signs of digestive troubles—vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools, a lot of gas? Could she have eaten, or be continuing to eat, something which could be upsetting her tummy or that has even given her a partial or intermittent blockage? A blockage would be highly unlikely without you seeing some overt symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, but if she's doing some low-grade grass eating or some such other thing, her system might be upset enough that she just doesn't have much appetite.
Are you free feeding her? It is best to leave her food down at feeding times for just 15 minutes or so and then pick it up even if she hasn't eaten it all. Don't feed her in between feeding times (except for training treats), and don't add extras to her dish to "make her eat more." She may get picky and start to game the system—holding out for the good stuff. If you are doing a lot of training with treats, remember those are calories too. Take those extra calories into account when you try to figure out how much she is eating.
Just a few things to consider….
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Last edited by melbrod; 08-16-2020 at 12:47 PM.