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Firm or soft tummy?

During our first visit to the vet last week, she mentioned that Moji's tummy was "slightly enlarged," but didn't give any reason why that might be, except to say it was "common" in very young puppies (Moji was ten weeks old) ...

Ever since then, I find myself touching her tummy area when I pick her up, and it always feels firm rather than soft, almost as if it were distended ... So I'm wondering if your puppies have firm or soft tummies? ...

One of my concerns is that I may be feeding her too much ... She has a strict three-time-a-day schedule, but at each feeding I let her eat as much as she wants in fifteen minutes, then take away the bowl ... Sometimes she seems to be eating an awful lot, and other times she actually forgets she's eating and goes off and does something else, but when I lure her back to the bowl, she eats a little more ...

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During our first visit to the vet last week, she mentioned that Moji's tummy was "slightly enlarged," but didn't give any reason why that might be, except to say it was "common" in very young puppies (Moji was ten weeks old) ...

Ever since then, I find myself touching her tummy area when I pick her up, and it always feels firm rather than soft, almost as if it were distended ... So I'm wondering if your puppies have firm or soft tummies? ...

One of my concerns is that I may be feeding her too much ... She has a strict three-time-a-day schedule, but at each feeding I let her eat as much as she wants in fifteen minutes, then take away the bowl ... Sometimes she seems to be eating an awful lot, and other times she actually forgets she's eating and goes off and does something else, but when I lure her back to the bowl, she eats a little more ...
Did you ask your breeder what she would suggest feeding at this age? Kodi was 11 weeks when I brought him home, and ate about 1/4c of kibble 3x per day. A puppy can eat a LOT of food in 15 minutes… It takes Kodi about 30 seconds to finish a meal!


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My breeder gave me the same feeding schedule and quantities that Karen mentioned. I would highly suggest measuring your food out before feeding to help keep your pup at a healthy weight.



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Thank you, I probably am overfeeding her, I'll check with the vet ...

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I remember what my vet said years ago when we got Luna: the smaller the dog, the more critical it is to measure the food. He said he had a tiny chihuahua once that he counted out the exact number of kibble pieces each day, because even one or two pieces of kibble more than usual could be overfeeding.

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As a reminder to newbies, pet food companies are in the business of selling dog food so their recommended serving sizes are often too much for our little fur babies. So you'll need to figure out the right amount for your Hav.

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I see ... Maybe I got a bit of a miscue from the breeder, who told me "she doesn't eat much," so I was letting her eat her usual amount of Royal Canin, however much that was ...

This morning I gave her 1/4c and she left a little (three pieces) in the bowl ... Checking with the vet now to get her recommendation ... At our first visit, the vet approved Royal Canin and a 3x a day schedule, but I forgot to ask her how much I should give Moji at each feeding ...

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Royal Canin does not have the best ratings on the dog food advisor web site. Over the long term you may want to look at a different dog food. There are some dry dog foods with much higher ratings.
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Checkout www.dogfoodadvisor.com; Royal Canin only gets 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Well, Moji is a 5 so her diet is going to have to catch up to her

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