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|07-27-2011, 07:12 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: lyndhurst,nj usa
Why does my pup not eat all day and only at night?
Rudy is now 7mths doing great w/ training out of his crate during day and night time now w/ no accidents. Big change since he got neutered for the better thank god! I pray it continues
Anyways since I had him at 12 wks I have put his food down 4 times a day I pick it up after 10 minutes if he doesnt eat it I usually do 6am 11am 3pm and b/tween 5 and 6pm I have read once they hit 6mths u can feed only 2xs a day. However I have continued to put his food down he does drink but he eats his dry food more at night time. Like last night he hadnt eaten all day so at 9pm when we got in he was looking to eat so I fed him and he ate good. But than at 1am and 330am he was crying to go out and he peed and pooped outside. So now I am saying I can not feed him after 8pm it is ridiculous-he does fine if he doesnt eat after 8 w/not having to go outside.
Is this normal that there appetite decreases a bit at this age do u find your pup to be mostly eaten once a day? Just wanted to make sure this was normal. He is growing which is a good thing!
|07-27-2011, 08:23 AM||#2|
♥ Maximo and Teddy
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
The conventional wisdom is 2 meals per day, but some dogs do better with smaller, more frequent meals, and some require free feeding, leaving the food down all day. There is a poll in the polling section about it. My boys are over 2 years old and they still eat 3 times a day.
My personal, non-expert opinion is that one large meal per day especially for a smaller dog is not ideal for metabolism, blood sugar, and other body processes.
Has this always been your pup's eating pattern, or is this a recent development? Could heat be a factor? My little guy waits to eat until after his walks in the warm weather.
What else is going on during the day? Are you with him all day, or is he maybe nervous about being alone? Many dogs won't touch their food when their people leave home or are about to leave home.
Kristin, Max and Teddy
Last edited by Maximo; 07-27-2011 at 08:24 AM.