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How much food???

How do I know how much to feed Scooter? He's almost 10 pounds, and 10 months old, and he seems to be cutting down on his food intake a bit. He eats dry food and it's Evo Red Meat mixed with BG Buffalo. I was feeding him morning and night but he doesn't seem interested in it every morning. About every other day he skips it but then eats it all at night. Could I be feeding him too much?

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Ann, I have the same concern! Cuba, who is 8.5 months old, has stopped reliably eating twice a day. When I mix yogurt in with his food, he will eat the kibble with the yogurt, but then leave the rest of the kibble. I'm pretty sure he likes the Evo - I just switched from Evo chicken to Evo red meat. He doesn't seem extra lean and I make sure not to give him too many treats. I am starting to "free feed" by giving him his daily allotment in the morning and letting him eat throughout the day. I am a little concerned about when he goes to daycare because it doesn't seem like he should play all day on an empty stomach, but he doesn't seem to mind so far...
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A few times when he didn't eat he threw up but that doesn't really happen anymore. Maybe they eat less as they get older?

He loved when we were adding cottage cheese to his food but it was driving DH crazy. Scooter would eat all of the food that had cheese on it and leave the rest. We stopped doing that and he'll eat but only sporadically. DH keeps saying he won't starve and will eat when hungry but I do worry.

Where do you buy your food? The only place around here is a dog boutique type place.

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Ann, I wouldn't be too concerned. He sounds like a good weight for 10 months and as long as he is not acting sick and is not losing weight I'd say he's eating just what he needs. I too do the free feeding. I've always heard that a healthy dog will eat what they need and won't starve themselves.
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Having the same issues with Riley! He was Mr. Chow hound and now has become Mr Picky... He ignores food in the morning or might take a small bite. Then, after a few days I get frustrated and leave food down all day and he ignores it until evening.

I don't really know what to do.

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I used to be concerned too. But my breeder put my mind to rest saying that the healthy dogs as they mature, regulate themselves and never go hungry. As long as they have their usual stamina, playfulness, she told me not to worry. Benji usually on average eats one meal a day. Lizzie most days eats two meals and occasionally skips a meal. I keep the food out for about 20 minutes. If they don't eat, I refrigerate it. I feed them kibble mixed with fresh duck meat and vegetables. They get the meals in the morning and evening and a table spoon of yogurt in the afternoon. They never miss the yogurt.

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Ann, you shouldn't be concerned AT ALL. Scooter might just be telling you that he's ready to eat once a day! A lot of breeders on here only feed their adult dogs once a day when they start to continuously refuse their morning meals. Kubrick tends not to eat his full portion in the mornings, but will at night. I never stopped feeding him in the morning, though, as he still eats it, even if it's not all of it.

I think the "rule" is if they refuse breakfast for a week or so then you can just feed once a day. But if it makes you feel better to put down food twice a day, then you can just do that too!


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A few times when he didn't eat he threw up but that doesn't really happen anymore. Maybe they eat less as they get older?

Where do you buy your food? The only place around here is a dog boutique type place.
When Cuba was younger, he threw up a couple of times after playing on an empty stomach at daycare. Occasionally I'll bring a lunch for him to the daycare, but as he's gotten older, I've stopped.

I've gotten my Evo from three places - 2 in Atlanta and 1 in Marietta/Wildwood area. In Atlanta I got to Pet Gallery on Collier Rd and Highland Pet Supply in Virginia-Highlands. Pet Gallery charges a $1.00 more for both Evo varieties ($14.99 for chicken and $18.99 for red meat). Highland Pet Supply charges $13.99 and $17.99 respectively. I like Pet Gallery because they have better toys, but they are very independent regarding their hours. Highland Pet supply has better gear and their hours are more reasonable IMHO. I'm getting a new girl in about 2 weeks and I'm stocking up on supplies.
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Hi Ann,

My dogs did the exact same thing. I worried and worried and then realized they had just stopped growing and running around endlessly as they did when they were younger pups.

I basically cut their food portions by half and still fed twice a day. I wanted to keep feeding twice a day because they were still youngish and playing and growing, albeit slower, puppies. They went back to being excited about feeding time and eating all their food.

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PS I feed raw food. It digests faster than dry food and portions may be different.
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I'm getting a new girl in about 2 weeks and I'm stocking up on supplies.
Who are you getting her from??? Details please! I just placed an order on dog.com and got a bunch of toys from their sale that were very inexpensive.

Tell me, I'm dying here! I want to add a second one but I think we're going to wait until summer.

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