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I rescued a pup almost 2 years ago, she was formerly a stray

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Hello - I rescued a pup almost 2 years ago, she was formerly a stray in Louisiana. She typically eats very rapidly and won't leave the bowl until all her food is gone. She has recently started eating slower - even sitting to eat sometimes which I've never seen her do. Tonight she left a little food in her bowl and hasn't completely finished it yet - also something I've never seen her do. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Good evening! I'm Dr. Sara - I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm working on typing out an answer for you - it could take a few moments - thanks for your patience!

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Bless you for taking on a rescue pup - she is a lucky dog!! I know what it's like to have one of those dogs that never misses a single piece of kibble at a meal!!

If my hungry beagle were to miss a meal or become a little less enthusiastic about eating for a few days, it wouldn't concern me much as long as he was acting normally otherwise. So if all else seems normal, I'd say it could be a passing GI upset or just that Lettie has settled into her life. If this goes on for a long time and she's not losing weight or acting sick in any way, that's when I suspect that they're being offered more food than they need. Their metabolisms can change over time just like ours do, so it could be that she's just not needing all that food anymore.

Certainly it never hurts to have a veterinarian do a physical exam to check her weight and overall condition, but it's not likely an emergency.

I sure hope that this helps! Please let me know what other follow up questions I can answer for you - we can chat until we've covered them all :)

~Dr. Sara

Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lettie. How is everything going?
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