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Dulcie is now 2 years old and doesn't seem very interested in eating any more.  She weighs 38 lbs., so has gained 3 lbs. or so in the last year and seems to be holding steady, so I am not super worried about her just yet, but some days she will eat and others not so much. I can easily feel her ribs, and her hip bones stick out a little - can also feel the knobs in her spine . I feed her about a cup of dry twice a day with a quarter can of wet (4Health).  She will eat more if she has had a good run at the farm, of course.  I am so used to dogs that scarf their food (with the exception of my Jack Russell, who was also quite skinny) that I keep thinking something is wrong with Dulcie, as that lack of appetite so often means something is wrong.  She is still playful and seems to have plenty of energy, so don't think we are ready for a vet trip yet, but I am wondering if any of your doodles have this same lack of interest?  She does eat most days, but is not very enthusiastic . . . . hope I don't have an anorexic dog!

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Comment by Lorie & Piper on April 30, 2014 at 1:25pm

we free feed piper...she is not food driven either.  throughout the day, she probably eats the same amount as dulcie.  we feed her Kirkland nature's domain grain free salmon & sweet potato. in the morning, I put some of her dry kibble out for her & then in the evening, I give her another cup of kibble & either mix it with cottage cheese (which she loves, so I hope it's okay to feed dogs that) or mix it with a scoop of canned/wet kirkland grain free food.  I can also feel her bones & boy does she look skinny after I groom her & she doesn't have all that hair.  btw...piper looks identical to dulcie in that pic with dulcie laying in the grass chewing on a fact, we have a pic almost just like that...I will get it posted  (;

Comment by Liz and Buddy on March 7, 2014 at 1:47pm
We had an Irish wolfhound that was a very poor eater. We tried everything to no avail until we got a little terrier. She then ate well and quickly so he would not get her food! Buddy is fortunately a good eater. I have stayed with the food he was on when I got him switching to their adult formula at a year.That and a few small treats is pretty much all he gets. He knows when 5 pm comes and goes to get my husband who feeds him
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 7, 2014 at 1:32am

Jo, the vet said she seemed okay (although he said her thick hair made it hard for him to do the rib test, lol!).  She's always been on the thin side, but she's not been sick in any way since her puppyhood and the bout with giardia.  She ate normally today - probably because I let the neighborhood puppy in the backyard with her to play for a bit (they were playing through the fence)!  It was a hoot - they ran until they both just collapsed! Seems like this type of eating is pretty normal behavior for a lot of our doods!

Comment by Jo Bill on March 6, 2014 at 9:06pm

Gizmo doesn't eat much in the winter ... less exercise ... less hunger.  He's not losing weight - why would he?  All he does is sleep and sometimes gets the zoomies.  This Spring will be better once we can get outside.  Then, he'll probably eat like a horse!  I guess if she's alert, happy and playful, she would be ok.  I wouldn't worry unless she throws up or has loose stools when she eats.  Has your vet said anything about her weight at her checkups?

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 6, 2014 at 9:14am

Kris, that makes me feel better since Dulcie is about half of Harrison's size and probably eats half of what he does in the same pattern.  And Nick, thanks also - I have heard about the raw diet - many people swear by it, although I have tried to give Dulcie a bite of raw chicken and she didn't know what to do with it - kind of tossed it around like it was a toy!  Lol!  What a "citified" dog I have!

Comment by Fletcher-Nick-Rebecca on March 5, 2014 at 11:33pm
Hi Diane,
I strongly believe that a varied diet is best.
There are many things you can try to wet her appetite, maybe try one or two raw chicken wings in the morning followed by a piece of beef mince and one egg mixed in. Fletcher loves raw food!
About once per fortnight it's ok to 'fast' them also, just to give their digestive system a break, especially if they are fed commercial canned or dry food.
If you can store the food, raw is best!
Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on March 5, 2014 at 11:00pm

Harrison is an on and off eater..One day he will scarf down 4-6 cups and other days it is just 2 cups. We have added Missing Link to his food and he loves it. When it is not in his food he turns his nose up.. I split the dose between the morning and evening meal.  We also pick up the dish after 30 minutes.

Dulcie looks great in the picture.. 

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 5, 2014 at 9:29pm

Thanks, Alessandra, Debbie, Lois and Beverly- it's nice to know that Pedro eats that way and is okay, and that if I want her to follow my feeding schedule, the "remove the food" plan has such good results with Trixie, Izzi and Charlie.  Sometimes I wonder if it's because Dulcie has never been really hungry in her whole life and has never had to compete with another dog for food.  She ate fine today, though, and is laughing behind her paws at her worried mom, I am sure!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Oh Lois that's so funny! I think Stephen has the right approach. Good luck Dianne and watch out Dulcie!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 5, 2014 at 3:49pm

THUMBS UP to Steve's blog....  I second... even if it takes a few days.  removing will work every time.

My husband and I 'play' that control game nearly ever day..  He adds 'goodies', I do not...  If husband is not home a dinner time they eat just fine..  When he does come home (same day, usually within an hour or so.)   they both go right into the kitchen and tell him in no uncertain terms that I have NOT feed them since last week.  

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