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    Default Loss of Appetite

    I don't mean to repeat the recent new thread, but I don't want to disrupt that dogs needs with mine.

    Milo is a 16 week old kelpie. I got him at 10 weeks and for a month he ate his all his food until the bowl was shining clean. For the past 2 weeks or so Milo hasn't been finishing even half of the bowl presented to him.

    He's eating Advanced Puppy Plus dry kibble 3 times a day, 3/4 a cup each meal. Ever since he "stopped" eating, I thought it was because he was starting to change his teeth so I soaked his kibble with chicken soup. For the first 3 days, he would eat the entire bowl only if it was soaked in chicken soup. After that, regardless of it being dry, soaked in chicken soup or soaked in water, he will only eat a few bites and walk off. Sometimes he will grab a few in his mouth, walk to another area and eat there.

    I try to encourage him to eat but doesn't eat from the bowl. He would eat the food if i threw a kibble at him one by one, but to get through the entire bowl like that would take too much of my time.

    I've asked the vet about it already and her answer was "just leave it out, he'll eventually eat when he's hungry". Milo sometimes does eventually finish the food but this happens about 1-2 hours after the food has been put down for him to eat, which by then the kibble is absolutely mushed. I don't want this to continue as there can be bacteria build up in the food left untouched like that.

    However, whenever the family is eating anything, he will try take the food off us. So I don't think he's not hungry?

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    It sounds like he's just not hungry. 3/4 of a cup 3 times a day seems like a little too much too me. My 16kg Kelpie eats a little under 2 cups a day as an average, but I also feed in accordance to her amount of exercise.
    My 6 kg JRT eats 1 cup, sometimes he'll even leave stuff, but like Milo, he doesn't mind people feeding him kibble by kibble.
    What I would do, is if he doesn't eat all the food in half an hour, take it away. Give him less the next day and give him half an hour to eat it. Repeat this until he finishes the whole bowl, then start upping the amount.
    How much does he weigh?
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    Exactly what Myf said, plus... I am assuming you aren't feeding him table scraps? He just might be holding out for what he perceives as 'better' (ie yours, lol) food, then it becomes a bit of a battle of wills. Rest assured, Milo will not starve himself (at least not before you go insane with worry, lol). Whatever you do, don't start anything you are not prepared to continue with (stupid me fed one dog with a spoon for life because I was too soft, ha ha). Give him half an hour to eat, and take away whatever he leaves, I predict a quick change in attitude.

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    Thanks for your advice, I'll try that tomorrow.

    I'm feeding him that amount as according to the recommendations on the back of the packet, he should be eating about 270grams a day which is about 2.5 cups a day. He got a bit chubby when I fed him 2.5 cups a day so I reduced the amount but I'm also worried that he might not get enough nutrients from the reduction.

    Milo gets about 2 hours of exercise so far from playing fetch and about 4 sessions of 5 minute training sessions. About 2 times a week he will visit/be visited by my friends dalmation puppy who is 3 weeks younger than Milo. He still has another 4 days until he can be let outside in the public. Another of my guess is that he's not eating from not burning enough energy.

    I visited the vet 1.5 weeks ago and he weighed 6.8kg. She didn't tell me if that weight was healthy or not.

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    Nope, we never feed Milo table scraps. We feed him liver jerky and boiled pork as treats... maybe that's "better" than his usual food?

    Should I continue with soaking the kibble? I'm not sure if it's not actually helping soothe the irritation of the gums from teething.

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    The packet is just a guide, judging by his weight I would say a little under 2 cups is actually a good amount. But still do what I suggested
    When teething they like hard things to chew on. It soothes their gums, so leave it crunchy.
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    Soaked kibble will fill him up quicker due to the water weight and the expanded mass of the kibble... That might be impacting, too. I like soaked kibble as it tends to leave dogs less gassy and reduces chances of bloat, but if he is teething, hard might be better.
    He could be holding out for the treats, but probably not, given what you're giving him.

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    What they said, lol.
    Also he looks very healthy & sounds active & alert so I'm sure he's not starving.
    My dogs are not eating alot atm due to the heat & humidity I think also.
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    His first meal has been put out for about 15 minutes now. Not even a single kibble was touched! But it's 28 degrees now... maybe it's the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    His first meal has been put out for about 15 minutes now. Not even a single kibble was touched! But it's 28 degrees now... maybe it's the heat.
    Maybe he's just not a kibble eater!!! I have some dogs who would live on kibble if I let them & others that very rarely ever even touch dry bits.
    Have you asked the breeder what they where feeding & for advise on this?
    I would not get too concerned though if the pup continues to grow & be alert & healthy.
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