Jump to content

Dog off & on with food


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

My labby is 11 months old and for the past 5 days he has been off and on with his food. He gets mainly dry food which he has always eaten with no issue but since last Sun when he got meat & some veggies as a treat he has decided not to eat his dry food now. The only way I can get him to eat it is by mixing water in it!!!!

Whats going on? Any ideas? He is not sick or anything & can certainly smell fine as seems to appear the minute any packets of chicken or meat are opened!



#2 Leafprincess

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

I had the same question and after being told not to humanize my dog by my vet friend he also said the following:


"It's normal for dogs to have a big meal them not eat for a few meals.
They used to hunt for their meals, have a huge feed then not eat again. Until their next hunt.
Effectively your dog has had a "hunt" meal and is not that hungry.
I wouldn't worry too much so long as he isn't  lethargic and is still drinking water."

My dogs used to not eat as much if it was hot either. So instead I would give them frozen bones to gnaw on and extra water.  


#3 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

My labrador grazes.

Yours is now getting to an age where it doesn't need to eat to grow anymore, and hopefully its moving from a garbage guts, to an eat-when-hungry mode.

If its hot, make sure you have plenty of water available and don't worry unless he goes several days without eating anything. Oh, and don't add water to the dried food, it goes off.

#4 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE
Oh, and don't add water to the dried food, it goes off
Really???  ohmy.gif even if i just add it and he eats it straight away...which he does??

Edited by fefe76, 13 December 2012 - 06:36 PM.


#5 Unatheowl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

If you're worried or feel this is out of character for your dog I would him to the vet for a check up.

#6 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

QUOTE (fefe76 @ 13/12/2012, 05:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really???  ohmy.gif even if i just add it and he eats it straight away...which he does??


Maybe not if he eats it that fast laugh.gif , but there is no need to add water.

#7 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

seemed the only way he would eat .... think it upsets me more than him when he doesnt eat! lol


#8 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

Probably - you've spent months watching him devour everything in sight, so it comes as a shock when the tummy isn't quite the driver it used to be. Just keep an eye out, and if there is some eating (especially if you're getting the really hot weather) when it gets cooler, I would think you've got the making of a mature dog eating pattern. If he turns into a grazer, it will be fabulous - grazing labradors don't put on weight nearly as easily as the gutsers.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 
  • ek-parentsurvey-thumb

    WIN a $500 Visa debit card

    Are you a parent? Simply take our survey for your chance to win a $500 pre-paid VISA debit card.

  • ek-easterhamper-cad-thumb

    Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

    With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

  • ek-barbiepowerprincess-thumb

    WIN Barbie in Princess Power Prize Packs

    To celebrate the super release of the action packed, family adventure Barbie in Princess Power, available on Blu-ray?, DVD & Digital with Ultraviolet? from March 19, we're giving one lucky parent the chance to win the entire collection of Barbie DVDs and a Barbie Super Sparkle Doll.

  • ek-easter-creamegg-thumb

    Cadbury Cream Egg Recipes

    From around the web, we have found that people don't just unwrap and scoff their Cadbury cream eggs, some bake and make some amazing treats with them. Happy Easter!

  • ek-cinderella-thumbs

    WIN tickets to Disney's Cinderella

    To celebrate the release of Disney's Cinderella in cinemas now, Disney and Essential Kids are giving away Double Passes to 100 lucky winners!

  • atreyu320

    When they were famous

    Ever wonder what happened to the child stars that entertained us all those years ago? From Mary Poppins to Jerry Maguire, take a look at when they were famous and learn what they're doing now.

  • ek-neverbeast-thumb

    Win a Family Pass to Disney's new Tinker Bell movie

    To celebrate the release of Disney's Tinker Bell & the Legend of the Neverbeast, Disney and Essential Kids are giving a Family Pass to 100 lucky winners!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.