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I have been feeding Gryff in the morning and and around 6:00. Lately, he hasn't been eating in the morning. I've been picking his food up 20 minutes after I put it down and put it in the fridge for later.

He usually gobbles it right up when I give it to him later, around 4:00.

Is it okay to only feed him once a day (in addition to the nibbles he usually gets around lunchtime i.e. a bit of whatever I am having)? When I grew up with big dogs, we only fed them once a day.

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How much are you feeding him?



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I don't know exactly. He has a relatively small bowl. I line the bottom of it with dry food and then put wet on that and mix it together to fill the bowl. The wet food I have been giving him is Beneful prepared meals (about 1/3 container). I'm not married to this brand, but he does like it.

Gryff has never been much of an eater.

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I just started feeding Tucker once a day because he often would not eat one of the two meals a day I offered him. We recently took a car trip & by feeding Tucker at night only kept him from vomiting during the car ride during the day and he would eat every bite of his food. I decided to continue feeding him once a day after our return home. He gets 1/3 cup of kibble and 1/4 cup of canned food around 4:30 to 5 p.m. and eats it all. So far this seems to be working out well for him.
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I've been told by several vets that IN GENERAL small breeds do better with two meals a day. That said, if a dog just won't eat a second meal, I guess he's trying to tell you something. Maybe he doesn't need it!

It sounds like you may be feeding Gryff more than he needs. I think it's important to figure out exactly how much he IS eating, so that you can adjust up or down as necessary. Why don't you try measuring, and cut down what you give him until you get to the point that he's actually eating it up. When you know that amount, if you feel he is getting thin you can increase it, if he's getting chubby you can decrease it.

Of coruse, you may find that once the puppy arrives, Gryff starts eating like a champ. Kodi was a picky eater until he spent a few weeks with a friend who has several dogs while I was out of the country. A little competition (even if it's just perceived... he was actually in his ex-pen with his food, so the other dogs couldn't really take it!) works wonders on the appetite!


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Isabella has a small bowl . . .full, it holds 2C. Her vet advised about 1C per day, divided into two feedings. So, she gets 1/2C twice a day . . .eyeballed. But I cook a lot and am pretty proficient at eyeballing measurements.

But like Gryff, she's extraordinarily picky . . .sometimes she eats both meals, sometimes she doesn't. Silly dog . . . . (but then, I don't always eat the exact amount each day either)




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One cup a day might be more than she needs and she is self-regulating. Many of us find that 1/4-1/3c 2x daily is plenty to keep our Havs in good weight.


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Karen . . .i have considered that. However, according to her Vet, she'll cut back to about .5 to .75 cups when she's fully mature, but should need around a cup as she grows and is more active. She definitely doesn't feel over weight . . .if anything, to me anyway, she feels too thin. At her last check up a couple of weeks ago, she's 9.2 pounds which the vet was happy with.




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I feed 1/4 cup Wellness Core reduced fat with 1/4 of a Little Cesar added. They get this 2x a day. All the dogs have done very well at maintaining a healthy weight.


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Karen . . .i have considered that. However, according to her Vet, she'll cut back to about .5 to .75 cups when she's fully mature, but should need around a cup as she grows and is more active. She definitely doesn't feel over weight . . .if anything, to me anyway, she feels too thin. At her last check up a couple of weeks ago, she's 9.2 pounds which the vet was happy with.
Which is all fine and good as long as she'll actually EAT that much. But if she won't, giving her extra isn't getting the extra calories inside of her! I think a lot of them go through a "lanky" stage as adolescents. I'm not suggesting you limit her food.... I'm suggesting that the reason she isn't eating what you sere MAY be because you are giving her more than she needs.

I don't think most vets would suggest feeding an adolescent puppy only one a day as a first choice either. Even with large breeds that eventually transition to once a day feeding, I think most PUPPIES eat twice a day.


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