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    So I know this is a bit of a "how long is a piece of string" subject, but I'd just like to gauge how much I should be feeding my boy. He's a Sibe and is about 9 months old. I've been through many different foods as he seems to have a pretty sensitive stomach, it's been a constant battle with diarrhea until recently (done parasite tests etc, all came back negative). I've been feeding him the VIP pet rolls as he seems to like those, and they don't give him diarrhea. On the packaging it kind of gives a guide as to how much for a certain weight of dog. I tried giving him the recommended amount for a med dog, but he barely ate half of it. Since then I've just been giving him a 200g slice, which is recommended for small dogs, but he doesn't let it go to waste then.

    I know huskies tend to be pretty light eaters, but I'm not sure if it's enough food for him. He's pretty skinny looking towards the back, but not excessively. He doesn't act like he's starving either, but I don't want to be stunting his growth by underfeeding him

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    I go entirely feel, if she has lightly covered ribs that are easily felt she is about right.People say she is lean but that is fine, she jumps for balls and is very active, it helps prevent injury. As long as she is shiny and energetic she is not too lean.
    There are way too many obese dogs out there, some at 2 have no capacity to run, I see loads of them poddle after Mags at the beach. they want to, but just cannot.
    She ate heaps more as a puppy. I go by her energy and general well being and adjust accordingly.

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    If you feed raw (so very protein heavy), the rough rule is that young pups need about 4% of their body weight and adult dogs about 2%. But 2% is too much for my dog who gets fat very easily. So she get's about 1.5% at most and I'm about to reduce it even more. It's fine to just see how they're doing and then to adjust if needed.

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    Yeah he's not a very active puppy, especially for a husky. He's definitely healthy enough, but I guess their activity has a lot to do with how much they eat.

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    I am a bit concerned, he really hasn't eaten much at all over the last week or so. He's still active and his usual self, but I'd estimate he's probably eaten 800g TOTAL of food over the last week, usually we'd go through about 3-4kg over the course of a week. Not sure if he's just bored of his food or really just isn't hungry, though I've been through so many food options I'm sort of running out of options. He started off on dry food as a pup, but soon turned off that (and it seemed to give him nasty diarrhea all the time), so I switched to boiled chicken and rice, which he ate for a bit and his diarrhea backed off. Then we went to some mince/offal and rice which he also eventually turned off, and now I'm feeding him those VIP pet rolls, which he also liked and didn't give him diarrhea, but doesn't seem interested anymore. Not sure ..

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    Are you giving him chew treats also? If he is only eating the VIP rolls then he won't be eating anything that will keep his teeth clean.

    I'm not sure what else you have tried but I feed my dog and all the dogs we mind Phud's dog food (Phud's Dog Food). We also give carrots, brocolli stalks, shark cartilage or roo flaps as chew treats to maintain oral health. Have you had him checked out by a vet just in case there is something wrong? Has he been toileting?

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    It sure is, how long is a piece of string.
    In my experience. Ive noticed the portion size is too small for those dogs with a physically active life. The burn more calories, so it makes sense, they are extra hungry.

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    He gets raw bones and other chew treats all the time, maybe he's full up on that

    I think he's just bored of his food again - he did eat it again tonight. Probably just holding off to see if I give in and give him something else. Have been de-worming him and have checked free of parasites, so should be OK.

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    Tara is fussy with food, and can sometimes go a day or two without eating. One minute she will like something, then not. One thing that works, usually, is some roast dinner scraps.....meat, pumpkin, gravy etc warmed up so it smells good, and stirred into her food.

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    I was really worried about how much to feed Pippin my British bulldog (currently 16 weeks) when I first got her. I found the same thing it was really hard to get a guide of how much because it depends on their activity level. When she gets outside she loves running around and i'm trying to take her to the dog park at least twice a week, for the rest of the time there are three days a week when both me and OH are working but for the other days she gets to run around outside with OH during the day. I'm feeding her a raw diet, chicken necks, livers, hearts, kangaroo meat, some rolled oats and veggie fibre from juicing. I've found that although she scoffs her food she doesn't over eat, if she's had enough she just leaves it for later in the day. She also has a chicken frame on the go at all times being dragged around the room and hidden in various spots LOL. She's lovely and bouncy with ribs that you can feel but not see which I was told was a good way to gauge it. The one time she didn't seem to eat much for a couple of days we noticed that she was actually constipated which might have put her off her food. That was the week we hadn't done any juicing so she'd been on pure protein. After a quick google search I cooked up some pumpkin, added some psyllium and a bit of apple cider vinegar to her food and she was right as rain the next day and back to eating the normal amount. now I make sure that she always has some veggie matter in her food to keep up her fibre.

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    Last edited by ejburke32; 08-15-2014 at 09:39 AM.

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