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Semi-anorexic???

Hey everyone,
I wanted to see if anyone's had similar experiences as me and get some advice on what to do.

My Havanese girl Coconut is 11 months old now. Ever since she was little, she has never been food motivated and she never ate her meals well. I've tried to feed her only high quality foods like Acana and Fromm, and after we started Fromm grain free for a while she was eating ok (ate most of her meals). Currently at her age, she's supposed to eat 1-1.25 cups of food a day, and I usually divide that into 2 meals. However, in the last 2 weeks, she has not wanted to eat her meals at all. She would go a day or 2 without eating anything, until I can coax her to eat maybe 1/2 cup of food on the 3rd day. At first I was told to just wait it out, that she'll eventually get hungry and eat, but it didn't happen, so after a week I got her a new bag of food with different flavors. She started to eat that a little better, but still would only eat about 1/2 cup a day. This is now the second week of this, and I'm getting really worried!! This can't be healthy right? I mean, how long can this go on? She's been eating only 1/2 of her food for a while now, and I'm really scared that she's not getting enough food and nutrients. I've changed her food flavor twice now and it's not working, and I can't afford to keep buying more bags of food while the old bags are still pretty full and just sitting there. Any ideas on what I should do?? I also don't want her to get in a bad habit and become a picky eater so I don't want to change her food too often, but I'm really scared that she's gonna starve! How long should I wait it out before doing something?? She's been acting fairly normal (puppy energy and all) until last night when she got really mellow and just wanted to cuddle. Not sure if this is her growing up or not having enough energy because she hasn't been eating all her meals!

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Sheba is only supposed to eat about half that amount of her kibble each day. are you sure you have the proportions right?

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I followed the calorie calculator from here: http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our...rie-calculator

Coco is 13 lb, so it comes out to ~530 calories she needs per day, and usually for these kibble there's ~440 calories per cup... Please let me know if I have the numbers wrong!! It would be great if she's eating the right amount

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I think you are doing the math wrong. try going to this website, which has a plug-in formula. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fe...ood-calculator

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I think the reason the calorie count seem so high for her is because she's still a puppy, so in the calculations its 2x the RER calorie count. But even if I use the link you posted, it still came out to 1.02 cups a day...

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Obviously, I am not a math whiz! What does your vet say?

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Haha, no worries, that's why I have a calculator handy! I hate doing math too :P

I haven't taken her to the vet yet and wanted to get you guys' opinion first since I wasn't sure how common of a thing this is and if this is actually serious. Ever since I've gotten my little baby I feel like I've become super paranoid about everything, and I want to make sure I'm not freaking out over nothing! Also, I guess if this is more of a behavioral issue I don't know how much vets can help

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Sheba is 8 months now, and each time we go to the vet, I ask him whether her weight gain is appropriate. So long as it is, I don't worry about what she's eating. I also give Sheba a fair number of treats during training. So that adds to her calorie count. I know what you mean about paranoid. We just want to do what's right!

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Wow, that seems like a lot of food. Ollie has a total of 3/4 of a cup of his Acana and he gets that split up one meal in the morning and one meal in the evening. Ollie is a big boy at 16 pounds, he is definitely not skinny. He does get vegy treats during the day. Not much though, a piece of brocolli when I have my lunch, a piece of cauliflower mid afternoon and a mini greenie at 9:00 p.m. That is it.







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Seems that Coco is at a good weight for her age. Scout occasionally decides he doesn't want to eat for a day. I always keep a small dish of kibble out and just measured 1/2 cup. Usually they eat Acana Grasslands and sometimes Orijen Regional. They both graze on that throughout the day. They always have chicken or some sliced roast beef at dinner time. During the day they do get treats. They love Lancaster smoked turkey, paddywacks and bully sticks. Scout is 17lbs and will be 3 yrs on 5/11 and Truffles 10.5lbs @ 1 1/2 yrs old. You might try giving Coco some chicken breast. I also worry about everything so I know how you feel.

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