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    Ugh.. I have decided my "little" boy is anorexic.. .. ..

    I know everybody says dogs won't starve themselves and I believe that, but Kosmo keeps losing weight and if he loses anymore I will be worried about him.

    Linda says her sacle is 2lbs off and he weighed in at 16.2 on Saturday - which would put him at 14.2.. coming from somebody that used to be a solid 16 (and looking good) that's a lot of weight.

    He looks somewhere between the first cavalier picture and the second cavalier picture on Laura Lang's feeding page, but the first cavalier looks to have a broader chest than Kos - he's just thin all the way down.

    I don't think he's really eating any less, but with Faith and the weather getting nice I think he's just exercising more.

    We have a vet appt in about another month or so and I will ask her what she thinks then.. I don't think he's too skinny right now as we speak, but if he loses any more I think he's going to be on the line..

    Typically he eats about 1/4 cup a day or every other day.. (yikes, I know) He's always offered 1/2 cup. (1/4 in the morning and 1/4 in the evening)

    He doesn't like other kinds of dog food than Evo and God Forbid I even try that route right now with this recall going on.

    HMM so what to do with a fussy borderline anorexic dog?! Should it come to that are there any good tips on getting Cavaliers to gain weight?

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    I think I'd want to see a vet sooner rather than later with a dog that won't eat and is losing weight but also to get a proper weight taken, not relying on someone's home scales (often very inaccurate at low weights). Rapid weight loss is always a concern as is lack of appetite if the dog will not eat enough to thrive. There could be many reasons and if a vet has concerns as well, it would be wise to start to look for reasons as fast as possible.

    A lot of dogs do fine on 1/4th a cup of dry food daily though (as Laura notes). That is what my mom's cavalier eats and she weighs about 13.5 lbs. Lily eats only a bit more than that and gets tons of exercise.
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    Thanks for your advice Karlin.

    he's lost about 2lbs in the last 2 months.. (well since Faith came)

    I think his shots can come a little early so when I get home I may pull them out and make an appt with the vet.. if it's only a matter of a couple of weeks then she should be able to advise me when I go there anyways, right?

    he acts fine but he's just skinny.. when you pick him up he's very light compared to Faith who feels like a brick.

    Is 1/4cup/day or every other day unusual for a cavalier? He will eat 1/2 cup but it's a rare occasion - like less than once a month kind of deal.
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    Sara, Would Kosmo eat more if you offered it regularly?

    Geordie eats 2/3 cup a day of Evo, plus snacks - healthy biscuits, veg and fruit bits. He looks very lean with a defined waistline, but not skinny.

    I feed my girls the equivalent to 1/2 cup of Evo a day.

    Our breeder told us not to let them get too thin, so if I can feel their spines I feed them a little more. I don't want to feel spines or jutting hip bones on my cavs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arasara View Post
    Thanks for your advice Karlin.

    he's lost about 2lbs in the last 2 months.. (well since Faith came)

    Is this the clue? has it knocked him off balance a bit, maybe he's running around more with Faith and losing weight?

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    Cathy,

    I offer it to him all day long.. well i have been lately since he hasn't wanted to eat much.. since Faith is in her pen all day I will leave the food down while I'm at work and 9x out of 10 it's still there when I get home.. :s Then it goes back down when they get their evening meal.. I will see him go into the kitchen about 10:00 wanting food.. he's a weird guy.. he only wants to eat on his terms. Maybe I should wait till Faith crashes at night and then let him eat so he can eat in peace

    He does eat his treats but he doesn't get those often - just when we leave in the morning for work *go to your bed treat* and if I take him to the field across the road and take off his leash I will take charlee bears and break them in half to work on recall. . .

    Do they eat the full 1/2 cup Cathy? I think Kos was fine before Faith came into the picture but now he's exercising twice as much and still eating the same as he was - so he's losing weight.. :S

    I am scared to death to try anything new from this food recall.. it's really scary..

    I may see if I can get some freeze dried liver crunchies or something to sprinkle over the top of his food to get him to eat more.

    maybe the vet will have a suggestion - but I will not switch to any kind of vet food right now with this crap going on :s
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    yes george that's exactly right

    I know he's losing because he's exercising more and eating the same

    I just don't want him to lose any more because then he'll be too thin.. .. ..

    And the food I offer him now he doesn't even eat it all so I'm confused on how to make him maintain instead of keep losing
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    Sara--maybe you could put something yummy on his food like yogurt (regular, not fat free or low fat). Horizon makes a organic/natural yogurt that is vanilla flavored. My dogs LOVE it and it's pretty healthy, too--though you don't want to give them too much dairy. What about cheese cubes for treats or on his food? That would give him some extra fat in his diet...
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    Sara, I feed them twice a day, so they eat everything when I feed them, and I'm sure they'd eat more if they had the opportunity. When they get additional exercise, I adjust their food (add a little extra) the same day or the next day.

    Has anyone noticed that the males need more food than the females, for the most part? Males tend to be a little bigger than the females. That's why Geordie gets 2/3 cup and the girls only get 1/2 cup per day to maintain their weight.
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    Good Idea Denise.. I'll give that a try.

    Maybe I'll get some meat and put it in there with the cheese too??

    I give them some yogurt drops in the morning as treats - they are supposed to be pretty high in vitamins and I know that the benefits of yogurt are fantastic so I've been giving them those regularly..

    They get these:

    http://www.animalworldnetwork.com/bvitchocdrop.html

    Thanks for the idea.. I wonder what the vet will suggest?
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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