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I have a 5 month old Havanese puppy. I am concerned about his eating. I have been feeding Fromm Gold Puppy, but a few weeks ago, I realized that he just was not consistently eating, or eating very little. I think he would eat about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per day. So I added some canned food that was no grain, etc., about a rounded spoonful at each meal. This has helped some. I switched to a refrigerated fresh roll of food, also adding some to each Fromm meal. The whole meal is about 1/2 cup, late morning and evening. Yesterday, he ate this all. I was happy. Today, at noon, he won't even take a bite. I just put it back in the refrigerator. But I am concerned that he is getting enough to grow on. Some days it seems fine, but other days, he just doesn't eat much. I don't want to fall into the "small dog feeding syndrome" where owners start doing anything to get the dog to eat and end up either spoiling him or feeding him incorrect food. I don't think he is being underfed. I can feel his ribs, but they aren't sticking out. His tummy is rounded, but not fat. He has energy. He weighs 7.5 pounds, and poops at least twice a day. So I am not writing because I am concerned for his health. (If I really thought there was something wrong, I would call my vet.) I am just writing to see if there are some reassuring guidelines about feeding a 5 month old Havanese that would help me know I am doing right by him.
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Are you feeding him 2 or 3 times a day and are you leaving the food down for a set amount of time (e.g. 10 mins) and then picking it up, or leaving it down until he finishes it? To me it sounds like your puppy is self-regulating the amount he requires and is doing fine. If he's not eating lunch then he may not be hungry and you might move to feeding him just twice a day. If he's the proper weight and has plenty of energy, I don't think you should be worried that he's not getting enough to grow.
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My Molly is about 7 lbs.( maybe a little less). If she eats 1/2 cup in a day I am thrilled. Some days it is less than that. She has never been a big eater but she is happy and healthy and the vet says she is just fine. I wouldn't worry about it.



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Thanks. Tully actually only gets 2 meals a day, but he just doesn't seem to like eating in the morning. Usually he will eat his first meal around noon. That's why I call it lunch. Today he didn't eat until 4pm and only ate about 1/4 cup. But he ate a lot yesterday (maybe a cup of food, total) so I guess I should not be surprised if he is having an off day. He also gets some treats every day for training. He gets a thin slice of a small Natural Balance food roll whenever I ask him to go into the crate - 2 or 3 times a day. I think that's why he bounds in whenever I tell him "crate."
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Thanks. Tully actually only gets 2 meals a day, but he just doesn't seem to like eating in the morning. Usually he will eat his first meal around noon. That's why I call it lunch. Today he didn't eat until 4pm and only ate about 1/4 cup. But he ate a lot yesterday (maybe a cup of food, total) so I guess I should not be surprised if he is having an off day. He also gets some treats every day for training. He gets a thin slice of a small Natural Balance food roll whenever I ask him to go into the crate - 2 or 3 times a day. I think that's why he bounds in whenever I tell him "crate."
Even a thin slice of NB food roll has quite a few calories, and it has a lot of sugar and salt in it. It's "OK" as a training treat in very small quantities, but, for a puppy, I think you are giving him more calories that way than you think. If you want to do the same thing, but use a food that is actually a nutritious part of his diet, I'd switch to either Fresh Pet roo
Lled food or Happy Howie's both are much better quality food, without the "junk" ingredients... And most dogs go crazy for both.


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Thanks, Krandall. I will look for one of the two alternatives for the crate treat. The NB food roll was recommended and is sold in the store of our local Humane Society, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is the best thing out there. I think it is at the "good" level (not excellent) but they use it because it is easy, as it doesn't have to be refrigerated in the roles, and can be cut into treats. But there is probably no reason why I can't use something "excellent."

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