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    Default Feeding instructions from the vet - do you agree?

    Hi All!

    Just wanted to get your opinion on some things that my vet just advised to me...

    Meenah is almost 10 months old. I've noticed that sometimes she wants to eat her food and sometimes she won't touch it (mind you, she is ALWAYS willing to eat human food). So I called the vet's office and asked if this is the time when I'm supposed to switch to feeding her once a day. First off, they told me that she ought to be on adult, not puppy, food by this age. They instructed me to start the switchover to adult food. Secondly, they told me to continue feeding her twice and day and not to ever change to once a day. Thirdly, when I told them that I take her food away after 15 to 20 minutes of not eating it, they told me that I should leave it for the entire day and that limiting the time with the food is something you do just with puppies.

    This is quite different from what I've seen advised on this board. I was wondering what you thought of their instructions and as experienced cavalier owners, if you agree.

    Thanks!

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    I don't use puppy food after 12 weeks at all. I use high quality all life stage food. So, yes, at 10 months I'd say it is safe to take the dog off of puppy formulated foods.

    Yes, I'd feed twice a day. I measure the amount I want them to eat in a bowl, but after 15 minutes I take it away. I have found that if I 'need' to get a dog to eat, a little bit of something special on the top (or mixed in) will get them started. We have a multi dog home and we can't free feed. If I only feed once a day, I will have a dog or two have issues with an overly empty stomach-- they vomit bile.

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    I agree with everything the vet said apart from leaving the food down all day, I'd lift it after 20 minutes.

    Dylan skipped breakfast today so I put it back in the fridge and gave it to him just now for an early dinner. Watch how many treats you give as they may be filling her up.
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    I agree with all but the picking up the food thing as well. My dogs, 5 & 1, both eat the same food twice a day.
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    I also agree with all but the picking up the food, I would pick it up after 15 - 20 minutes.

    My three aged 6 and 4 eat twice daily.
    Gus(blenhiem) Pippin(tri) DJ(ruby)

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    I feed twice a day, cavaliers don't have huge appetites and are unlikely to eat the full amount in one sitting.Certainly take it up if it's not eaten, I don't believe in leaving food lying around going off.
    (Unless of course it's my mother's cavalier Parker who'd eat a raw donkey in one go if he got it).
    They can be notoriously picky if allowed to be. My local pet shop owner who supplies Daisy's food reckons his sister's cavalier eats nothing but Roast chicken.

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    i agree with the vet on feeding ur doggie twice a day and feeding adult food however i don't agree with leaving the food down all day!!!
    Mom to freddie 1 yr old (blen), baxter 1 yr old (ruby) and molly 3yr old (tri)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sins View Post
    cavaliers don't have huge appetites and are unlikely to eat the full amount in one sitting.
    LOL, you've obviously never met my pair! Holly was rather finicky pre Amber but since then she's been nearly as much a gobblehog. Amber has always loved her food. She eats everything she gets and wants more, no matter what it is!

    I personally give a Bonio in the morning to keep them going and their meal in the evening. Amber gets 100g and Holly gets between 60-80g. It may not sound like much - certainly doesn't look like much! - but it keeps them both trim and they get all manner of treats at the weekend.
    Holly - 7years
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    So the consensus seems to be to feed adult food, feed twice a day, and pick up the food after 15-20 minutes. I didn't like the idea of leaving food laying around all day either!

    Meenah is my only dog so she has noone else to compete with for food. She'll eat any human food I give her and she'll even eat the dog food in her bowl if I pick it up and feed it to her by hand. But a few times a week, she won't touch her food when I put it down. This morning I did try leaving it out instead of pulling it up. She didn't touch it until an hour and half later when I put it out on the deck when she was playing outside. She then gobbled it up. Maybe I need to move her breakfast to later in the morning when she's had time to move around.

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    I wouldn't leave the food down all day. Remove after a short time. Mine eat twice a day, there is never any left and it's gone in a flash!

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