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Feeding adult toy poodle

June 13th, 2005, 07:07 PM
Casey (1.5 years) has been getting fed twice a day (used to be three times when he was younger and before that 4) for the last few months, but during the last week or so, he hardly eats anything in the morning, but will eat his regular amount plus what he didn't eat at breakfast during his evening feeding. If I left his food out, I'm sure he'd graze throughout the day, but that doesn't seem like a good plan considering the fact that we live in an apartment and have to let him out to go potty on a schedule. After the food is down for ten minutes and he has only eaten a few bites I just take it away.

Does anyone have any advice? Is it okay to start feeding him just once a day, if he continues to be disinterested in food in the morning? Is once a day okay for a small dog?

BTW, Casey is neutered, healthy (not over or underweight) and we're feeding him the best food available in Korea: Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance.

Thank you!

June 13th, 2005, 07:11 PM
id say its probably ok, as long as hes not eating less or loosing weight.

My Sam is fed twice a day but really only eats in the evening, he will take a few mouthfus in teh morning and will eat the rest of his breakfast and his dinner in the evening.

he does alright like that, and he keeps to his potty schedual, hes an apartment dog too.

hes a bichon/poodle cross


June 13th, 2005, 08:07 PM
This sounds exactly like what Levi (2 years) was doing about 2 months ago. I put his food down one day in the morning and he didn't eat it. He would nibble on it throughout the day (if I didn't take it up) and then eat it all, including his supper, at supper time. He did this for about 1-2 weeks. He hasn't lost any weight and his schedule his regular. He'll still do this from time-to-time, but I'm not worried about it anymore. Usually he won't eat it right away and after we come in from his morning walk, he'll gobble it all down.

If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it. Unless, of course, he loses weight or he starts to act more different than usually. :D

June 13th, 2005, 09:12 PM
Try giving a tastier breakfast...perhaps chicken or fish :D

June 13th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Maybe stir something in it? My feeling is he doesn't like the taste too much. Jemma was like that on Wellness, but not at all like that on Solid Gold. Hate to say it, but if that's the best food over there, you might have to go with something not-so-good... Of course, like the others said, if his weight is stable, there's no problem. I just like my doggies to have a pleasant dining experience.. :)

June 14th, 2005, 02:15 AM
Try giving a tastier breakfast...perhaps chicken or fish :D

Wow, I didn't know you were back!

Anyway, the thing is, he really loves his food. He does tricks to get it in the evening, but just seems to sleepy in the morning. Of course, if I was giving him raw meat he would eat it at any time of day, and way past the point of being full -- but if it isn't bad for him not to eat twice a day I don't care to spend a lot of money making him do so.

I guess I'll keep offering him food in the mornings for now. Maybe it is just a stage related to the weather change (got quite hot here around that time).

June 14th, 2005, 11:06 AM
Just give a try Moon and ya I'm hangin around a the net again wooo hooey!

June 14th, 2005, 07:32 PM
Den-Den is the same way - not a morning eater. We have dry food available all the time which he will eat a piece at a time, or play with it. Even when we offer something really tasty that he normally loves - he turns his nose up at it. In the evening he eagerly eats his wet food. His weight has never been a problem.