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Question on feeding

So I do have a concern .... Coco is not eating like she did when she first came home. Now she is not finishing the food I put in the bowl. I am still wetting it down and have not changed food. I took her to the vet for her shots last Friday and she mentioned that she is a little lean but nothing to worry about. Since then of course I have and notice that she is not eating all of her food. She is as active as ever and her temperament is great. I leave the food down and she picks at it but sometimes when it comes to the next feeding time there is still food in her bowl. Is there something I should try or am I worrying abut nothing
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I can't help you because the same thing happens to us. Sometimes I think she just likes to switch to new foods. They say in the wild, dogs eat a variety. So I don't really know.
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First of all, Coco is just beautiful! My Molly has never been a big eater. When I first brought her home the breeder said to feed 1/4 cup of food three times a day. Molly probably only ate about half that much. I spent a lot of time worrying about her and trying different foods. I would just pick a good quality food, of the type you wish to feed, and stick with it. She will eat when she is hungry. Molly has always been small and lean. She is 6.5 lbs. full grown. Her appetite has improved somewhat as she has gotten older. The vet was very pleased at her last visit that she had put on a little weight. Try not to worry.
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Geeeminy she is beautiful! Love her markings and she has such a curly coat she looks so soft!

Sophie also isn't a huge eater. When she went through her first heat recently (those days are GONE whoo hooo!!!) she went through a period of hardly eating anything. I give her quite a few training treats (freeze dried food that she eats for her meals also) on days when we train more she's not that interested in eating her meals much but on days we don't she eats quite well.

It worried me at first too but as I've been told they won't starve themselves to death and as long as their weight is good shouldn't be a problem.
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I would not leave her food down. It encourages grazing. Shots will make them feel puny for a few days and could effect her appetite. A puppy should not lose weight. So, I would weigh her every few days to monitor that. As long as she is maintaining or gaining, she is fine.

I have 2 Havs. One eats to live and the other one lives to eat.
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She is darling. I love her coat. She looks so soft and fluffy.

I wouldn't leave the food down. When she's hungry, she will eat. i agree with Karen C.
i have the opposite problem. My hav lives for food and he keeps looking at me with those "hav eyes" hoping I will give him more.
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I do not recommend free feeding. Instead, put the food down and if after 10 minutes Coco hasn't eaten, pick it up and don't feed her again until next mealtime.
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Coco is beautiful. We have the opposite problem with Rocky. Breeder told us the same on 1/4 cup 3 times a day. Rocky eats his 1/4 in about 15 seconds then looks at me like I'm crazy. We were at the vet today and he weighed in at 6.2 lbs and he's 15 weeks old tomorrow.
Vet said stick with the same schedule and we can review at his next appt in two months.

I think Rocky is like one of Karen's, he lives to eat!! We'll just have to see how it goes.

A change of pace may help Coco though.
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