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Old 01-12-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you feed?

Riki and Daisy were eating first thing in the morning and then again at night. Since they are on a heathy fitness routine (nice way to say diet), I am only feeding them at five every day...so once a day.

I was just wondering how often you are feeding your dogs. No more grazing cat food at our house either! They gobble up their food now too, no more taking tiny bites and walking to the other side of the room to eat it and coming back!

These guys are on a raw food regime, so I went to the chart for a 10 pound dog, which is actually considerably less than I was feeding them. Daisy's goal weight is nine which is where she was two years ago. Riki's is 12, also where he was two years ago.

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I feed Gracie twice a day...morning and night. I just took her to the vet for a weight check and she is 8.8lbs. I thought she was closer to 10...but nope.

If I didn't feed her twice a day, I think she might throw up bile...she has done it before when I have been a couple of hours late.

According to this:
http://www.bravorawdiet.com/howmuch.html
You should feed them smaller amounts, but in two feedings (am and pm)
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How much do they weigh now?

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Riki weighs close to 14, he is 13 lbs 12 oz. Daisy weighs 10 lbs 14 oz.

Looking at that chart, it is probably better to feed them twice a day. This way they don't go as long between meals. I know we fed our shepherds only once a day...but they got a lot more food.

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Linda, I feed twice a day. I believe a single meal is too much at once and their blood sugar will be too low closer to their next meal. My Vet agrees that it's not a great idea.

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Sounds like we are back to twice a day...

Seems to be a plan.

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I feed Marble twice a day.
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It depends on the age. For my dogs over 1 year old, I offer twice a day (breakfast & dinner), but they usually only opt to eat one of those meals at that age.
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Feed: 2x per day

Sawyer is my first Havanese. Prior to that I only knew pugs, which live to eat and eat to live. When you live with a pug, there's no such thing as just leaving food in a bowl and letting the dog feed itself on it's own schedule. So when Sawyer came home, I was diligent about setting up a feeding schedule. 6:30 am and 6 pm. Plus, we were crate training him and it helps to have them eat at regular times in order to predict their elimination habits.

The funny thing was that I was gradually increasing and increasing his kibble portion during those first 6 months or so. But what surprised me is that he began not eating, or only eating half a portion, at various mornings and evenings. As my only experience was with another breed, this quite surprised me. I then scaled back his portions until we got the mix just right and he was regularly eating both meals. Sawyer is a healthy 13lb, 1 y.o. neutered male, who gets regular walks in addition to play and exercise and eats two 1/3c portions each day (Buffalo Blue adult dry kibble).

I tend to think feeding once a day is just too long to go between meals, no matter what domesticated mammal you are. For dogs I would just as soon cut their portions down so they eat twice per day than feed them all at once, only one time in 24 hrs. For various reasons I do not believe in leaving food out all the time.

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HMMMMMMMMMMMM

ME BE WRONG?

KIDDING....I THINK!

MY BOYS FREE FEED... THEY HAVE FOOD ALL THE TIME....

THEY ARE BOTH VERY LEAN AND WOULD PREFER ...

A CARROT!!! OR A LITTLE BONE BEFORE THEY GO IN THE KENNEL!

I WAS RAISED FREE FEEDING ANIMALS...

SO IT JUST HAS ALWAYS WORKED (WELL EXCEPT MY AFGAN HOUND...)

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