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Help with feeding

I currently feed Django 1/2 cup of kibble every morning around 6:30 a.m.. it satisfies his appetite however he gets hungry in the afternoon. I give him the occasional treat but I know he would prefer food. I talked to the vet about his weight, he's currently 11.7 and needs to get down to 11. The prednisone over the past 7 months has attributed to the weight gain however we are now on a dose of pred every 21 days.
I have tried feeding him 1/2 his food in the morning but he's still hungry and goes to the pantry door (that's where we keep his food) and whines. I would rather have him have a full belly in the morning and hopefully that will sustain him throughout the day but i know by late afternoon he's hungry.
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And why don't you divide his food and give him 1/4 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup in the afternoon? Ache won't be happy either eating just in the morning. I think our Havs do better eating twice a day. Good luck.


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when I have tried that he walks around the house whining and head to the pantry where we keep his food. I can tell he's still very hungry
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Is there a low calorie kind of treat you can give him like carrots to carry him over? Can you give him something to chew on like a bone or antler in between? Timmy is only nine months old and I'm supposed to feed him three times a day but he doesn't like to eat first thing in the morning so my schedule allows me to give him a late breakfast and he's usually good till dinner if I give him something to chew on and a few treats in between. He's still a total mooch though but I think that's more behavioral then hunger, I know he's getting enough food with his meal amounts. Now if only I could convince my DD's and DH of that since they are always trying to sneak something to him!

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Well, my sweet Django unfortunately is not like most dogs. He won't even look at carrots, broccoli, peas, blue berries, sweet potatoes ,etc. etc. the only thing he will eat are scrambled eggs which he gets when I scramble one up for myself.

He has beef, and lamb allergies, very sensitive stomach, has no interest in rawhides which he's limited to because of allergies. Tried the antlers, bison chews, etc. again no interest. So, it's food and treats. His treats are venison and the occasional xtra treat he gets is a tiny piece of turkey or cheese which has his medication in it.

He's currently eating Duck and Bartlett pears kibble.
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i split it up into 2 servings too (1/4 cup each time)...is it because he's hungry or just because he really loves the food?

When i switched Gabby to adult food for the 1st month she couldnt get enough of it, like it was a treat or something to her, she'd gobble it down and then scratch her bowl for more and more! I was happy she liked it, but i knew i was giving her the max. amount she could have. I ended up removing her bowl from the floor when she was done and put the food bag in a different spot (theyre smart they know where to go -out of sight out of mind).... now shes good, she doesnt ever look for more, and I can keep the bowl down with no more scratching or whining. She doesnt gobble her food down any more either (I think she finally caught on this is food, not a treat )

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I think he's hungry because if I put all the food in the bowl, he eats it, drinks his water and is finished for the day.
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My Jack is always starving and looking for food. He gets 1/2 cup of kibble AM and PM. After he inhales his food, Jack bursts out of his crate to race over to Nessie's dish in hopes that she missed something. He actually eats more than Nessie who is 15 pounds heavier.

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I know Django may not be able to handle this, but Cash was ravenous on kibble. His hunger (and his weight. ) improved when we switched to raw. Could Django handle more protein? Even if you don't do raw could you add a little more lean venison/duck/ or what ever protein he can eat with his food. Evangers has little cans of 100% meat that you could add to his kibble. Could he handle more protein? For Cash, too many veggies just make him hungrier, but an extra ounce of bison satiates him. Duck and bartlett pears sound yummy... What brand is it?




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His food is Acana from Canada. I can't do the raw, he's had 2 bouts of pancreatitis and the vet said no go, too rich for his little belly.
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