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Old 02-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hank my 8 month old basset has become somewhat of an inconsistent eater. He's in great health the only trouble is getting him to eat in the mornings. He eats all his food for his evening feeding but I think it's just cause he's hungry. We have recently switch his puppy food to purina pro plan lamb and rice formula all ages (as prescribed by vet). I was hoping I could get some feedback or tips. Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how much (quantity) do you feed in the evening?

you say "has become".....was he eating twice a day prior? very cute pup by the way.
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Same as in the morning 1 cup
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And yes we have always fed twice a day
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It's perfectly normal - his growth is slowing. He'll have times when he's just not hungry. Not to worry he'll eat what he needs to. Fussing, switching foods or adding goodies just teaches him to be a picky eater.
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He eats all his food for his evening feeding but I think it's just cause he's hungry
He should not eat if not hungery Your probabl feeding him too much or trying to that ehe amount you feed in the evening and feed thatamount to him twice a day he will likely be gobbling up the morning meal
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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With Arthur, we feed him usually twice a day and he eats each feeding in two rounds. Howevere, there are some days he only eats 2/3 of one feeding---it just depends! As long as he's growing healthy, I wouldn't worry about his eating.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have found in the past, that some of my puppies have 'gone off' their puppy food by around this age. I'd switch to either a Junior version, or to adult. At this age, the main part of their growing is slowing - I tend to suggest that by 7 months the frame is there although with some males especially, it can take quite some more time before they bulk up (or body up if you prefer).

Rather than chop and change his food however, which can cause tummy upsets and faddy eating (unlike with most Bassets I've had anything to do with ) I'd take him off the puppy food, and perhaps cut back a bit on how much you feed him, depending on how he looks. You should be able to feel ribs, but not see them.

I used Pro Plan out in Canada, and mine did well on it. Everybody has their own ideas about what's good and what isn't however - if your hound is doing well on what you are using, then stick with it. If it ain't broke, and all that.
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Interesting, until I joined this forum have not met a Basset that's picky with food, ours have their problems but never with food & eating. Have always joked that in the future if we're lucky enough to have more, i'll call them Hoover & Dyson.
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Barney went through that...not eating much in the morning but then he was starving throughout the day and pestering for snacks. What I ended up doing, which only works because I don't work anymore, is feed him 3 small meals. While I realize that few people can do this, it has worked for me. The snacks have been cut down and he doesn't seem anxious for food as much as he was.
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