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I own a 47 pound female Shepard ( age 3). Who is super active Due to food sensitivities we have eliminated dry food and is presently on raw and honest kitchen (white fish) diet. She is still very thin. I have been feeding her 3 x a day. Usually 1 raw beef mixture (primal) and 3/4 c of the dehydrated food from honest kitchen. Everyone tells me she should only eat twice a day. Why?? Thanks so much.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Did you already read my question?
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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There is nothing wrong with feeding her more than twice daily. Healthy adult dogs are generally able to do well with only two meals daily, but there is no reason why it would be unhealthy for her to eat more frequent meals.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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Yes, I see the question. As far as determining the appropriate amount of food for her to eat, I need to know a bit more about what she is eating. Is the Primal the frozen version, freeze dried, or the Primal Pronto?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Frozen beef patties
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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And does she always eat her entire meal?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Tho I did just switch to the frozen ones from instinct raw by natural valley
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Oh yes and looks for more. I rehydrate the honest kitchen fish and mix it together
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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Do you mean the Nature's Variety Instinct?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Her dehydrated food is " bravo " from the honest kitchen And her raw food is from nature variety
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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Great. Give me a few minutes to calculate how many calories she is ingesting every day and compare to her estimated caloric needs.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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I also need to know if she is spayed. And is she a very active dog? Average? Couch potato?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Super active. This is really taking a lot of time. And I am repeating myself a lot
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
 replied 2 years ago

Yes, well, a detailed calculated answer takes time. She eats 2181 calories per day. For a very active dog, she should be eating close to twice that much. We need to increase her intake dramatically. This should not be done suddenly, but over the period of a couple of weeks.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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I would start by adding an additional raw patty twice daily. This will increase her caloric intake to 2933 per day.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
 replied 2 years ago

After a week, I would add a third raw patty (so two patties at each of her three meals) and increase her Brave reconstituted food to 1 1/4 cups per meal. This will increase her caloric intake to 4011 per day.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
 replied 2 years ago

Then we will need to watch her body condition and make sure that she maintains at a healthy weight, and that she does not continue to gain past her ideal size.

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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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