Dog

Get Your Dog Care Questions Answered by Experts

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog
This answer was rated:

I cant get my 5 month old, 45 pound pup to eat more than 2

I can't get my 5...
I can't get my 5 month old, 45 pound pup to eat more than 2 cups a day of anything! I'm therefore looking for a very concentrated puppy food (cost doesn't matter) that will do the trick. I prefer grain free and all natural. HELP? He should get much bigger...I think he is a German Shepard, Hound, Golden mix.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
6/23/2013
Lisa
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 16,556
Experience: AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Verified
Hello! My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

So is he eating 2 cups of food per feeding, or all day?

How much exercise does he get?

Does he get treats at all?

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Two cups daily (one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening). He is not very active. He is a med-low energy pup. He doesn't get treats very often since I want him to eat more actual food. I have even tried feeding him four times daily and he will still only eat a total of 2 cups of anything.


 

Thanks for answering my questions. I really appreciate it.

The thing to remember is that the general rule of feeding is 1 cup per 30 pounds of body weight...so technically, a 45 pound dog could only eat 1.5 cups of food a day...or just about what he is eating.

Also, exercise increases appetite. A dog who burns a lot of energy eats more...so although your boy is eating the right amount of food for his weight, if you'd like to prompt him to eat more, then try to encourage him to exercise more. Since he's a mellow-low energy dog, he's probably only eating what he needs to replenish the energy he uses.

Amp up the exercise and I bet he'll eat more.

As for foods....I'm a big fan of Blue Buffalo. High quality food that really seems to work for my dogs.

I hope this helps.
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Blue Buffalo is only a 3 star food and has had too many recalls. I am writing today because I do want to go by the feeding guidelines since my pup is a little underweight.


 


The type of answer I am looking for is one where you do the research and look at what food has both meat (ie: chicken) and meal (ie: chicken meal). I am trying to find a four-five star food that doesn't require feeding four cups a day.


 


In the past I have feed Orijens and Fromm but those also require a greater quantity of food to be eaten.

I'm going to go ahead and opt out and see if another expert wants to pick this up. I've got experience with the foods in my area, but since most foods have recalls, I don't think I'm going to be able to find a food that will work for you.

Please don't respond to this, or you'll lock other experts out.
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy, Medical Director
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 30,100
Experience: UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
Verified
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

Difficult question. I agree with you that not all foods are really created equal. Actually, neither are the pets. Let's take a very active or hyper labrador or shephered, compared to the same dog that sits around in a house all day doing nothing. Their energy "needs" the calories they need to maintain their body weights are very different.

I reviewed the previous answer and your responses. Many of these holistic diets are not necessary.

You want something researched. Agreed. Then, let's stick with a food that is clinically tested.
Science Diet foods, also known as Hills, is widely respected in the veterinary community. Some people hate it because it has corn, or meat is not the first ingredient. I can understand that. But!!!!

They have a new product line. It is called Science Diet "Ideal Balance". It does not have corn, uses quality meat products, and it is very well balanced.

Ironically, you'll still likely pay less for Ideal Balance, then you would Blue Buffalo, or these fancy holistic foods.

How much to feed. Guess what. As much as you want!!!!
What? That's crazy.

Yep. You need to weight Ruben once a month and work with your vet.
Your vet should evaluate her and establish her current body score, as to determine how much underweight she may be.
But, if we determine 2 cups a day is what she needs to maintain and gain just a bit, than its 2 cups. if it happens to be 4 or 5 cups, than that's the number.

Don't worry about the guidelines on the bag!! It is only a starting guideline, but please, work with your vet to keep assessing her weight regularly. Too fast of growth is not ideal either for the bone structure.
Ideal Balance by Hill's

One last thing:
Make sure a fecal test has been done. Even if it was alredy done, I would encourage repeating one more time.

Bring in a fresh poop sample to the veterinarian. Ideally, within a few hours. Request that it be sent “OUT” to the laboratory instead of being looked at in the hospital (more accurate that way). We are not interested in only worm eggs, but also checking for the very common microscopic bugs like giardia and coccidia. These types of parasites will not be cured with over-the-counter dewormers. Giardia can also be difficult to identify on routine fecal tests, so ask your vet if they always add a “giardia elisa” to the fecal test. Here is more detailed information about fecal testing:
Fecal Testing

I would hate for something as silly as a giardia infection to be the cause of poor weight gain, even if there is no diarrhea.

Hope that information has been helpful.
Please remember to select Reply to Expert, if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. Prior to leaving a feedback rating, which I greatly appreciate, my goal is to provide you the best answer possible.
Dr. Andy


Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy, Medical Director
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 30,100
Experience: UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
Verified
Dr. Andy and 87 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Andy Your Own Question
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy, Medical Director
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 30,100
30,100 Satisfied Customers
Experience: UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Andy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets!

LinhCharleston, WV

$1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15

CarolCedar Hill, MO

I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all!

JudyNew Haven, CT

I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers.

NinaUSA

I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!!

Jasmine's MomUSA

Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there!

Sonya GEasley, SC

Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge!

Cathie MPompano Beach, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

3,028 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Joan

Joan

Vet Tech

5,222 satisfied customers

Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues

Candy

Candy

Veterinary Technician

7,971 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Small Animal Veterinarian.

5,063 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

30,100 satisfied customers

UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for Your Pet

4,705 satisfied customers

19+ years experience in small animal medicine

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Veterinarian

3,290 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Questions
My dog is throwing up from eating black landscaping dirt.
My dog is throwing up from eating black landscaping dirt. Big piles of throw up that stinks really bad. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
My 11 month old puppy had diarrhea for two days. The vet
My 11 month old puppy had diarrhea for two days. The vet gave Anit diarrhea medicine and now he hasn't pooped in 24 hours. He is happy and energetic. We walked for miles today.… read more
Denise Cudiamat
Denise Cudiamat
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
341 satisfied customers
He's on 2 antibiotics for kennel cough that went into
He's on 2 antibiotics for kennel cough that went into pneumonia & now he has diarrhea … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
My shin tzu ate 5mgs of melatonin. Should I induce
Hi - my shin tzu ate 5mgs of melatonin. Should I induce vomiting? … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
On Friday night my dog went out to poop and he yelped
Hi, On Friday night my dog went out to poop and he yelped loudly. He did this twice. Saturday Morning he did the same. The two times he yelped nothing came out. When he finally did poop he actually di… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
He drank from the toilet and the water is blue from some
He drank from the toilet and the water is blue from some type of cleaner … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Small Animal Veterinarian.
5,063 satisfied customers
She is very lethargic, vomiting bile with traces of blood,
She is very lethargic, vomiting bile with traces of blood, and has diarrhea with some blood. Very heavy breathing like she is struggling to do so. … read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
30,100 satisfied customers
My corgi/cardigan has begun to have excess shedding and has
My corgi/cardigan has begun to have excess shedding and has bald spots from it. It has just recently started within this past week after she was at doggy bootcamp for training the previous week. I hav… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
My dog at part of my leather couch...has been passing
My dog at part of my leather couch...has been passing leather for a couple days now and just threw up a bunch of times when I got home. Still has an appetite and is currently eating his dinner as I ty… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
438 satisfied customers
Howling cry while sleeping. Recently diagnosed with
Howling cry while sleeping. Recently diagnosed with questionable perforated ear drum & vestibular disease. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
I took her to get her annual vaccines a few hours ago. I
I took her to get her annual vaccines a few hours ago. I just noticed her one eyelid is swollen. I'm trying to figure out if it's just a small allergic reaction or if I need to take her to the emergen… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
30,100 satisfied customers
My mom's shit Tzu is unable to per but a few drops, That's
My mom's shit Tzu is unable to per but a few drops … read more
Denise Cudiamat
Denise Cudiamat
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
341 satisfied customers
I share my food with my poodle steak... which was seasoned
I share my food with my poodle steak... which was seasoned with garlic the other day. She hasn't been herself. I gave her some milk. She vomited and has moving around more but what else can I do… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
Dog can't hold down water or food. He is burping and it's
Dog can't hold down water or food. He is burping and it's like acid reflux … read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
1 satisfied customers
My 5 year old American Bulldog has moderate allergies of
Hi! My 5 year old American Bulldog has moderate allergies of unknown origin. I've owned this breed before, so I know what to do to manage him. (Plus I own an organic food business and deal with allerg… read more
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
190 satisfied customers
I picked up our 2 month old Cavachon from a Pet Express last
I picked up our 2 month old Cavachon from a Pet Express last evening. He was well, played, ate his supper, and used his wee pad really well. During the night he began a horrid congested cough, and cho… read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
0 satisfied customers
He at a tube of old model glue, so I gave him peroxide to
He at a tube of old model glue, so I gave him peroxide to make him puke but he won't puke. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,581 satisfied customers
My 8 pound mini dachshund ate a beef jerky treat last night
My 8 pound mini dachshund ate a beef jerky treat last night and she seemed to have trouble and hacked and coughed but did not throw up. I took her to the vet this am and they saw nothing in her throat… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
30,100 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x