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Feeding a senior dog

I know I have been on the forum regarding this issue but I find I am still struggling with feeding Django. Over the course of many many months, I have been able to drop his weight from 12 lbs. to 10 lbs. which was his original weight before he was diagnosed with Addisons 7 years ago.

The weight gain was due to prednisone, my over-feeding etc. so I feel now we are at a good place and of course, the vet is happy with where he is at as well. My issue is that he is always hungry. I know it's not due to the prednisone because he's on such low dose every couple of days. Once he eats his food and realizes there's nothing left in the bowl, he whines a bit, I give him a pinch of what I have on reserve for later and he seems to be okay with that. I give him the rest of his kibble in the afternoon and he gobbles it down. He gets 1/2 cup once a day.

I recall reading where you should tweak your dogs diet as seniors, perhaps giving them a bit more if their weight gets too low. I know his weight is where it should be but there's a part of me that feels as though I am not feeding him enough. Ay advice for my senior pup?
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How about giving him some vegetables, like bell peppers, broccoli, etc. that he can eat (re: the Addison's). They will fill him up, with not much calories.
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Oh I wish he would eat those things but he refuses. I have tried everything.
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I was also going to suggest cooked veggies. My guys love broccoli and asparagus. You can also add some pumpkin. That might make him feel more full.





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How do you know that Django is hungry? Sounds more like he simply wants to eat, which is not the same thing.

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Hmmm, how do you tell the difference?
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I had this problem with Hobbes at first. When I first got him he was so underweight it was mission fatten him up. When he got to a healthy weight I started being more careful what he ate and he was always acting hungry. I eventually figured out that some of it was just straight up food availability anxiety. I free feed now but he doesn't even usually finish his daily allotment. Two things I did: get a calorie number from the vet; how many calories can he eat a day. Then, I switched to a higher protein food so he feels more full and I use the "healthy weight" version of foods. It allows him more volume without meeting his calorie mark.

The only other suggestion I have is that for a full grown dog, 1/2 cup per day seems a bit low. I know that there are plenty of people that do 2x day of a 1/4 cup but every dog is different. Yes, we want health and making sure they are not overweight is so so important for joints and longevity but we also don't want the dog miserable either.
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Regarding vegetables: have you tried cooked and raw? Many vegetables Hobbes will eat cooked that he won't eat raw and vice versa.
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Most dogs ALWAYS think they are hungry. It's up to us to control their diet. Let to themselves, they are scavengers, and would spend a good deal of the day looking for bits of things to eat… not much food for a lot of work. We just hand it to them.

If it makes you feel better, you could give him his food in one of the puzzle toys that make them work for their food. It takes longer that way.

I'm also not sure why you are feeding him only once a day. Most pet dogs don't have a lot to look forward to in the course of the day, and a couple of meals are better than just one. They don't remember how much they got each time, only that, "Oh my GOODNESS!!! She fed me TWICE!!!"


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I agree with Karen-try doing twice a day feedings-I leave the food bowls down-so they can go to each bowl & lick the "pores" cause there sure is nothing left in the bowls-then I pick them up-as I leave for work they get a 1/2 a cookie-then nothing till lunch time when they get a bite each of turkey after my hubby finishes his lunch-then no more snacks till dinner where they get the evening meal-at bedtime hubby & the "kids" have their bedtime snack.

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