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Which meal should be bigger?

My Hav eats twice a day. Because he only likes his food fresh from the can, I give him one larger can at one meal and one small at the other (this is the right amount so not to worry about that). I give him the small one in the morning around nine a.m. and the larger meal around 5 p.m. My thinking is that the larger meal should be before he has the longest stretch without food. My DH thinks the largest meal should be earliest in the day so he has more time to digest and burn off. DH suggested we ask you experts what you think. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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what size cans are you feeding?

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6oz and 12.5 oz.The food (Wellness chicken and Sweet Potato) designates the large can for 15 pounds of dog; and the small for 8. Lucky weighs 22 pounds and I don't give quite all of the larger one. He eats it all and is maintaining his weight without gaining. We don't give many treats. What do you think? And thank you Dave.

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OK , I didn't realize he was that big. If he's eating all of it both times, I don't think it matters. Try half each time and see what happens. Depends on the dog . Molly get's 40 percent mornings and 60 later at supper.

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It's funny. He only eats it when it's room temperature (not after storage in the fridge) so I give it to him in the unequal just opened portions. Do you think it matters digestive wise for him if he has the large or smaller portion early in the day?

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It's funny. He only eats it when it's room temperature (not after storage in the fridge) so I give it to him in the unequal just opened portions. Do you think it matters digestive wise for him if he has the large or smaller portion early in the day?
yeah once it's been refrigerated we warm it up for Molly too. Only natural. it's more flavourful warmed up lol. I'll chech with Sabine on that last question.

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Thank you so much. Look forward to her response.

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I think my puppy might be the same with his food taken from the fridge. It's like he isn't interested in it. I've tried telling my DH that if he doesn't eat it's because he is being a fussy bugger and wants a fresh can. He didn't believe me until I showed him Lol.


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Thank you so much. Look forward to her response.
here's her response..."As long as the dog doesn't have any special needs, it doesn't really matter. "
Yeah my Molly is more hungry at supper than breakfast. ,so I give her more then.

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here's her response..."As long as the dog doesn't have any special needs, it doesn't really matter. "
Yeah my Molly is more hungry at supper than breakfast. ,so I give her more then.
Thanks for the expert input. The answer is always the same of course: what works for your dog works. But as a point of interest, how much does Molly weigh and how many ounces does she eat at each meal?

I should add that we've started topping the food with a little tiny bit of shaved chicken breast that sends Lucky into a rapture. He eats with a vengeance and I haven't tried it on a cold version of the canned food, but it might make the difference.

DO appreciate your help.

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