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Old 03-24-2011, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Eli is 9 months and is fed at 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM. He almost always doesn't eat breakfast. I'm hesitant to stop offering breakfast because 1) he's less than a year, and 2) he does occasionally throw up bile in the morning when his stomach is too empty. Should I keep offering breakfast or is it OK to go to 1 meal now (with mid-day snacks, of course)?
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:26 AM
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I'm in the same boat with my Whimsy as you are with Eli. I had always put half her kibble down in the a.m. and then half in the p.m. Quite a while ago she stopped eating it in the morning and left it to eat in the evening all at once..( I would just add to it so she was getting her full days worth.) So now I just put it all in her bowl in the morning and it is there when she wants it. Something that is easy to do when they are on dry food only. She just turned a year old last week and she is telling me she just needs to eat once a day. Whimsy does barf up some bile once in a while in the morning too, so now I offer her a few small cookies in the morning and that helps. She has never been a big eater and does well regulating her own food intake.( she never turns down a cookie)

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Chewy (9 mos) is the same way as well. He doesn't eat much if any in the morning...he threw up bile the other morning which freaked me out until I read why he did it. I always offer it in the morning but he rarely eats it. I leave him with a few treats during the day. I find that he likes to eat at 6:30pm and then again around 9pm. He isn't too skin and definitely not overweight so I am assuming this is ok.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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I would just add to it so she was getting her full days worth.) So now I just put it all in her bowl in the morning and it is there when she wants it. Something that is easy to do when they are on dry food only.
I add cooked chicken to his kibble so leaving it out isn't an option. I've been throwing it away after an hour or so. Now I'm wondering if I should double the portion, at least the kibble part, in the evening if he doesn't eat breakfast so that he gets enough calories and nutrition? Really hadn't thought of that before. I was still following the "take it or leave it" model.
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What I started doing around this time was feeding her around 10-11am a larger portion meal, and if she's not hungry..I'll leave it out for a few hours. And I won't put down an evening meal unless she tells me she wants one. She goes and stands by where I keep her vitamins/food, etc. and stares at it, lol that's how I know she's hungry.

I got tired of wasting so much food, most days she only eats once a day, maybe 1-2 every few weeks she'll want 2 meals a day, no rhyme or reason to it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 01:17 PM
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How much is everyone feeding their Havs? Please list the weight of Hav and amount/type of food.

Jack (12 pounds) is fed Solid Gold (Lamb) dry level 1/3 cup; 2 x day.

Dexter (15-16 pounds) is fed Solid Gold (Lamb) dry heaping 1/3 cup; 2 x day.

I always give some type of very small treat during the day for training. And, I do mix in a little of my Chicken soup mixture (one tablespoon) amount to the dry food.

Sometimes they do not feel like eating a meal, I take it up and they are hungry by the next meal.



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Most of the time Tucker eats twice a day. Ocassionally, just once a day. He weights 18# and gets 1/3 rounded cup 2 x's day. Mid afternoon I give him several chopped baby carrots which he loves. I still give him a very small treat each time he goes out to potty. He comes in a sits by the pantry door and waits for me to give it to him. By now it's a habit for us.
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This is an interesting thread as my guys were not eating a full two meals lately either. At first we thought it was the supplement that I was adding for their tarter but I stopped it and they still were hesitant. At first hubby thought it was the new food I put the older three on but we discounted that when I said that the puppy was not eating her puppy food either!
We finally came to the conclusion that it was the time change!! I feed them about an hour or two later than before and they eat like champs. So in my house that is what it is. But.... I also now add some soft food with their kibble and they gobble it up any time I feed them. I wonder if the time change in your area made a difference.

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Old 03-24-2011, 02:12 PM
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Whimsy is 1 year old and I am gradually switching her over to her adult dry food. She seems more than satisfied with 1/2 heaping cup once per day. When she finishes that, I have offered her more and she turns her nose up at it..shes' full. Maybe when she is outside and running about more when the weather gets nice her needs will change..we shall see.
She gets several small treats a day for training.( Charley bear treats)

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I feed my Havanese two time a day. I give just a very small amount in the morning and most at night. They eat Pro Plan small breed formula. I add a spoon of canned to it. Some mornings all don't eat, but a couple days later, they go back to eating breakfast. I think they just know when they don't need it and when they do. They almost never leave any food at dinner, that's why I give them the majority of their meal then.

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