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When I got Sophie, she was not a big eater and would not touch her mid-day meal. So I started feeding her twice a day, and she inhales it now. My vet said twice daily was fine , but since she seems so hungry, should I go back to 3 times a day? She's almost 16 weeks, so I'm afraid of changing her schedule, but everything I read says 3 times until 6 months. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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I would stay 2 times a day. I feed Ache twice a day almost since she came home and I hold some of her daily kibbles for training during the day. She is always hungry too... It seems we don't have picky eaters at home.


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I would go 2x day. My boys are always getting treats or whatever during the day usually. Jack has been on a 2x day feeding since we got him.



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Thanks to both of you. I'll keep her on twice daily and use her kibble for treats instead of the others I was using.
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Oh! By the way, Jack inhales his food! When he was younger, he would bury his face in the bowl and he would not come up until the food was gone, then he would go after Dexter's food! We had to protect Dexter's food!

Now, Jack will eat a little, then leave his bowl to see what Dexter is eating and eat from that bowl. So, now, I am trying to keep Jack at his own bowl eating until Dexter is finished eating. Once Dexter is finished eating, then I do not have to worry.



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I wonder if you could continue feeding twice a day, but give a little more with each serving. If she's thin, maybe she needs more. I always have trouble try to figure out just how much to feed. If I go by what's on the label, my guys blow up. I'm feeding way less than the suggested amount on the label, and my guys are staying about the same weight. They are losing a tiny little, but that's my goal. I can feel their ribs, but think the boys could lose a few ounces. Seems like a little bit of weight, but on a small dog an ounce is a lot!





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I actually have added just a little to each meal. I don't think she's thin-she goes to the vet Friday for her 16 week vaccines, so I'll find out. My vet prefers them thin. Three weeks ago she said Sophie was a little chunky, and her ribs were definitely prominent. She seems about the same but she's grown alot in size.
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Eli just turned 6 months. I've been feeding him 3x per day. He isn't a big eater so he would only eat 1 meal a day. His continues to gain weight steadily and seems to be pretty solid, 8lbs now, so I'm not to worried. I see the vet on Friday so am waiting to scale back to 2x per day until after that visit. I think, however, he'd be likely to eat more/better if his meals were spaced farther apart.

For those that feed 2x per day, do you feed 12 hours apart, e.g. 7 AM and 7 PM, or less?
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I feed Ache at 6:30 am and at 4:00 pm. For her, 12 hours is too much !! At night I play fetch with her, practice sit, down, stand or anything so she earns a few extra kibbles.


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I feed Maddie twice a day now with a treat every time she is a good girl. She is skinning. When she was your babys age I gave her three meals a day but never over the recommended amount . I noticed she was hungry. We get up early 6am . I think when they are going threw growth spurts they get hungrier. And because Maddie is skinner I do not feel like she is over feed. The problem is they poop more but I am home most of the day.

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