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OK to Feed Once a Day???

Gibbs self-regulates his eating. He ate regularly twice a day, morning and evening, until about 2 months ago (about once he turned 1 year old). He now will only eat once a day, usually in the evening. We've still been putting the food out at about 9:00am and 5:00pm, but we've been having to throw away one bowl a day, usually the morning feeding. One the rare occasions he eats in the morning, he'll usually skip dinner and we'll have to throw that away. We feed Primal Raw, so putting it back into the refrigerator until the next meal seems icky.

Is it OK to just put food out once a day at his age, 15 months?

A few other facts:

1. He's maintaining his weight at 14.6 lbs and has been at that weight for about 6 months.

2. He gets walked about once per day.

3. His per meal feeding quantity is calculated using the Primal Feeding Calculator, about 1/3 a patty per meal.

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Prissy will be 3 year old this summer.
She also eat twice a day. She does not seem to be hungry.
She looks at her plate and sit in front of it for a few minutes before nibbling on one or two pieces ... then she starts eating and most of the time finishes her dish within 5 minutes.
However, one day a week she just won't eat more than one meal. She simply refuse to eat her morning meal.
She eats home made cooking specially made for her.
She also keeps the same weight 11pounds for the past two years now.

We are not worried.
it seems that this is the way she likes it !
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Gibbs self-regulates his eating. He ate regularly twice a day, morning and evening, until about 2 months ago (about once he turned 1 year old). He now will only eat once a day, usually in the evening. We've still been putting the food out at about 9:00am and 5:00pm, but we've been having to throw away one bowl a day, usually the morning feeding. One the rare occasions he eats in the morning, he'll usually skip dinner and we'll have to throw that away. We feed Primal Raw, so putting it back into the refrigerator until the next meal seems icky.

Is it OK to just put food out once a day at his age, 15 months?

A few other facts:

1. He's maintaining his weight at 14.6 lbs and has been at that weight for about 6 months.

2. He gets walked about once per day.

3. His per meal feeding quantity is calculated using the Primal Feeding Calculator, about 1/3 a patty per meal.

Thank you.
The amount of food suggested by manufacturers is universally on the high end. (guess why? They want to sell more food! ) I'd suggest cutting each meal in half, but still feeding him twice a day. Small dogs can have trouble with low blood sugar with once a day feeding. If you offer it this way and he STILL won't eat twice, you may have no option but to play it his way. They are all individuals!


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I just realised that I forgot to mention the quantities

Today at almost 3yesars old, she get the equivalent of a half cup of food on two meals .
In the morning a little more than a 1/4 of a cup
and at night a little less than a 1/4 cup of food
either chicken or beef mixed with various veggies and starch.

In addition she gets a few treats... by the way she love avocados.

On the vidéo she is just over a year old.
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The amount of food suggested by manufacturers is universally on the high end. (guess why? They want to sell more food! ) I'd suggest cutting each meal in half, but still feeding him twice a day. Small dogs can have trouble with low blood sugar with once a day feeding. If you offer it this way and he STILL won't eat twice, you may have no option but to play it his way. They are all individuals!
Entirely agree with Karen re quantities recommended by agenda-driven manufacturers. In my case I've tried the half and half experiment but it doesn't do it for either of my dogs. They mostly prefer to eat once a day, sometimes not even that - they'll both skip meals altogether for two days from time to time. It used to worry me until I spoke to a friend of mine who works with rats (far, far lower body mass/weight) and who frequently skips feeding them for two or even three days. The rats on the lowest amount of food do best. I think we all worry more than we need - my dogs seem to maintain their weight despite very strange eating patterns that bother me far more than they seem to bother them. I'm less fussy about putting food back in the fridge as long as it's not particularly hot weather, and if I take it up after ten minutes max. Which I do anyway. I do waste food sometimes and lately have taken to putting out a very little bit to see if they are in the mood at all, and adding to it if they get through the first bit with enthusiasm.
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I just realised that I forgot to mention the quantities

Today at almost 3yesars old, she get the equivalent of a half cup of food on two meals .
In the morning a little more than a 1/4 of a cup
and at night a little less than a 1/4 cup of food
either chicken or beef mixed with various veggies and starch.

In addition she gets a few treats... by the way she love avocados.

On the vidéo she is just over a year old.
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I thought avocados were poisonous to dogs???





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Our Prissy has been eating avocados regularly.
It is a local veggy here.
She likes them and does not seem to be bothered in anyway.
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I thought avocados were poisonous to dogs???
My understanding is that it is the seed that is so poisonous. I haven't fed it to Kodi because it worries me a bit, and he has plenty of other things to eat. But I THINK the time it's a problem is if you have an avocado tree, and dogs are getting at whole avocados, including the seed.


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yeah avocados are not toxic to dogs , the only danger is choking on the pit. Tersin is toxic to birds though. Keep in mind it must be pureed to be of much benefit.

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Hi Everyone!

Both Dexter & Jack have cut back to 1x day eating (evenings). I play it by ear sometimes...it depends on what kind of mood Dexter is in the morning. I can tell when he wants to eat.

He like his noon day snack though!

I started cutting back to 1x day because I was throwing away lots of meals in the mornings. They are both maintaining their weights now....they were actually gaining weight on the 2x day eating.

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