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    Is there any benefit to fasting for dogs?

    This has popped up as a suggestion on a few websites as something you 'can' do for a day or 2 each week, but is there any point to it? Other than if the dog is sick, obese, whatever. I'm sure it could help with food drive but I'm struggling to understand the point of it for the dog's health.

    Can anyone enlighten me?

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    Fasting can help cleans like Clea said. It can also help to develop their food drive. Dogs are scavengers by nature so it gives their system good to fast, just not too often.

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    Years ago my father would do it with his dogs religiously once/fortnight. Adults dogs only.

    If I'm trying to teach something difficult or are hitting a stumbling block with something I will withhold a meal and they will get fed during training. So they do get fed, maybe a little less than normal.

    If I've gone out early afternoon and gotten home late evening and all the dogs have taken themselves off to bed then I'll miss a meal and then feed the normal amount at the next scheduled meal time. Again provided there are no puppies.

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    Thanks everyone.....so in your opinion, is it necessary to fast every once in a while?

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    I don't have a schedule but like MaC said - if I want a bit of extra attention / focus in training sessions I might make her skip a meal. Or more likely - delay the meal. And I'm flexible about when meal time is, ie it may be before or after I go out/get home. Depending on what is convenient.

    And if she gets the runs - she definitely goes without food for 12 to 24 hours, and then gets boiled chicken and rice until all systems are working properly again. Haven't had to do that for a while, thank Dog.

    I don't think it hurts a dog to have a day off food once in a while, but no idea if it's important enough to do deliberately.

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    We never did it with my dog and we had her put to sleep when she was 14 - she was a cattle x kelpie and was happy and healthy apart from her epilepsy. Mind you if we went away she didn't eat at all if it was just a weekend, and if longer she wouldn't eat much even though my grandparents stayed with her. We often came home to a skinny dog after holidays.
    I know I couldn't do it with my cats, they would be royal pains in the butt if they didn't get fed! And they would be fighting with each other as well.

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    Yep I had to start feeding my cat twice a day for my own safety!

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    Lol, wow, I'm lucky that at least my cats just annoy me!

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    I think the whole idea stems from the wolf or dogs in the wild where they will go days without eating because they have been unable to catch anything. It happens with all meat eaters in the wild.

    But having said that when they do get a meal they gorge themselves because they do not know when the next meal is coming.

    What benefits it has to the modern pet dog who has it's meals monitored etc I don't know. So unless I have a purpose, normally training, then I don't do it. The skipping of an occasional meal doesn't hurt any healthy dog/cat/human but what benefit is gained other than sharpening up the senses, for want of a better word, are debatable.

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