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Question So what do you do if your dog still seems hungry????

Hi everyone! Happy holidays to all!

Just wondering what you all do if your dog still seems hungry after he's had his food for the day? Guapo is on raw and getting one and a half patties per day because his weight is 14.4 pounds but he looks at me with those puppy dog eyes as if to say... "that's it?! FEED ME MORE!" and I feel bad not giving him more but I don't want him to turn into a pudge! What to do?!?!?!

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How many ounces is your serving size? Tucker (13 lbs) gets 3 Nature's Variety raw medallions, with 1 ounce per medallion, (one in the morning and two in the evening.) I also keep kibble down to free feed. Some days he eats no kibble, some days he'll eat a few bites, and occasionally, (not very often,) he'll eat maybe 1/8-1/4 cup kibble through the day.

His weight is doing well and steady, with just the right amount of ribs to be felt.

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Some will say that dogs on just ground raw just eat too fast and dont really get to use their jaws to eat. I personally do some ground and some whole raw. But mine can always be hungry too I think that is just healthy dog behavior to be opportunistic. Maybe you could also do a carrot kong or add some greenbeans to his diet during these times?

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we add cooked green beans. what kind of treats do you give? I've noticed with my boys if the treats are grain based treats it just makes them hungrier. Also, if Guapo is a ball of energy he could possibly need a bit more... My vet says once they adjust to raw you can feed them quite a bit without them gaining weight, However at my boys energy level I have not found this to be true.




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I agree with Amanda re the vegetables. I watch my dog's weight as he loves his food, too. At mealtimes, I add 4 finely chopped green beans or a 2 inch piece of carrot, or a brussel sprout. Other things like chopped up squash, cauliflower or broccoli seem to work, too. I find that as long as the veg is chopped well and mixed with the meat they get eaten. It looks like a bigger meal. A friend of mine says that food is food, though, so maybe I'm wrong. However, I find that when I add a few veggies on active days it seems more satisfying and my dog's weight has stayed fairly constant.
I have been thinking of adding a cod liver oil pill and about 1/4 tsp of kelp to his meals. Has anyone tried that? My dog's best friend is on a raw diet and he gets these once a day.
My dog isn't on a raw diet, though. He gets cooked patties as he's not allowed to be on a raw diet if we do pet therapy visits. But, I think the extra nutrition from the cod liver oil and the kelp would be a good idea anyway.

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How many ounces is your serving size? Tucker (13 lbs) gets 3 Nature's Variety raw medallions, with 1 ounce per medallion, (one in the morning and two in the evening.) I also keep kibble down to free feed. Some days he eats no kibble, some days he'll eat a few bites, and occasionally, (not very often,) he'll eat maybe 1/8-1/4 cup kibble through the day.

His weight is doing well and steady, with just the right amount of ribs to be felt.
Hi Sheri, That's very interesting that Tucker only gets 3 oz/day. I'm feeding Stella and Chewy's (very similar to NV) and the package says SIX oz/day for 15 lbs. I kept cutting Pepper back because he needs to lose weight and isn't and was feeling so stingy! Well now he's down to about what Tucker is getting. I've upped his exercise to 2+ miles/day but he's also getting treats, due to lots of recall work for the puppy (: and can't leave out the 'big dog'. So thanks! I won't feel so guilty now.

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Moxie is famished all the time. 2 medallions raw Primal AM, 2 in the PM. All he thinks about, his very first priority all the time is food, always seems famished..?? His weight is perfect. I can't even imagine what an unlimited, on demand feeding would bring about.

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What do I do? I feed him! That little stinker is always hungry. Scudder is a little chubster weighing in at a whopping 17plus lbs! The little guy isn't even 10 inches tall for crying out loud. I feel so bad when he looks at me with his hungry eyes. What's a mom to do? He's my only Hav that will eat anything I put in front of him. Gotta love him.

PS. He does like broccoli, carrots, asparagus, etc.
I will feed him veg. if I feel he's gotten too much for the day and is still staring at me for more.






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"Chubster" moxie loves any and every thing I have given him except beet greens. He is 11 1/2 lb, nicely muscular and I am too stubborn to let him get fat. My kids call him "Fats", he will run and dive into their dog's bowls of kibble whenever they are visiting and our backs are turned. I like to make him work for a single healthy snack inside a kong, he will work for a long time to free a sweet potato chicken strip and that is a winwin because the calories are low and it tires him out.

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