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Gypsy eats 3x's a day at nearly 3 years old.

I know her dry food isn't heavy on meat proteins but she gets other foods too.

So here is what she eats:

Breakfast: 1 cup dry. It is Victor Professional with 26% crude protein.

Lunch: 1 cup Dehydrated food from the Honest Kitchen. (She gets the Beef formula)
Plus 1 cup of dry mixed in, for a total of 2 cups for lunch.

Dinner: 1 cup dry with an additional 5.5oz of either chicken or beef stew from the Honest Kitchen.

Treats every now and then, but not daily.

If she doesn't have 3 meals a day she dry heaves in the morning. I tried to adjust and feed 2 larger meals spaced out but she dry heaves without a 3rd meal either way. So I think she just has a high metabolism.

We went to the vet for a nail trim last week and she weighed 73 lbs.

We take walks when it isn't too hot and play a lot of fetch in the yard for exercise. To work her mind we do training and OB, so her exercise level is low to medium. This will improve as the weather cools so we can get out and about better.

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Re: Gypsy eats so much! [Re: Zisso] #355790
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What does her tuck look like? If I'm remembering recent pics she looks pretty good. Did the vet say anything about her weight?

We started feeding the boys 4x/day (just changed how much per meal) as Neb was also puking bile. We've since changed that to 3x/day - morning, 1pm, 7pm.


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Re: Gypsy eats so much! [Re: Zisso] #355791
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It sounds like she is in line on how much she gets based on her weight and suggested feeding (at least for the Victor dry food).And she is still young. If she were mine, I'd start watching her weight when she gets to 5 or 6. I remember not doing that with Aodhán and she shot up to 95 pounds because I didn't think to start reducing what she ate. Took me most of a year to get her back down to a good weight, which I think for her was around 75 pounds.

Now if it were Ciara, I try to keep her between 65-70 or she starts looking chunky in the chest, even though she still has a nice tuck. Ciara is the smallest GSD I've had and sometimes she still looks a bit like a puppy compared to Caleb. She's significantly shorter at the shoulder than he is.


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Re: Gypsy eats so much! [Re: Zisso] #355792
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Gypsy's tuck is really nice. I just took these pics (2 while she was eating) but it is hard to get good pics of her. She is really just starting to fill out a little.

I figure within the next 6 months I will try to wean her down to two meals a day. I have never had a dog that seemed to need so much food. It isn't a problem financially, but I don't want her to turn into a lazy sausage either.

The vet- I didn't get to talk to him this trip. The techs did her nails. But the last time I talked to him a few months ago (late April, early March) he said she looks great. At that time she was 71lbs.

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She does look good. I bet she's still burning all those young dog calories!


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Re: Gypsy eats so much! [Re: jarn] #355794
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Originally Posted by jarn
She does look good. I bet she's still burning all those young dog calories!

Thanks!


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Re: Gypsy eats so much! [Re: Zisso] #355809
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Yoshi is 9 months old and 72 pounds. Perfect athletic body. He gets fed 4x a day due to bile pukes jf I wait too long, 1.25 cups each time plus fish oil, treats, and a raw beef knuckle. He's been on Victor but is almost too thin so I am switching him to a higher calorie kibble. I coukd rewite this whole paragraph just subbing Saber's name and it would be accurate from about 1.5 years to 7 years old.


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She looks really good. If she's not getting skinnier then the food is just right. If she's filling out... maybe either work her out more or just lower the food intake during those hot days where she'll not be exercising as much.


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I'm definitely no expert but G looks good to me also. I always feel you know best when it comes to appetite, activity level, weight, etc. Like the old saying, "if it's not broke, don't fix it." I'm sure if you notice any changes you would adjust whatever is best for Gypsy.


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Her weight looks good from here.

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Thank you all for the input.

My little whack-a-do is happy to know she is not really a piggy LOL

This morning, her breakfast was down, but she didn't eat it right away. Then she snuck off to the bedroom where I heard her bile puke. Not sure we will ever beat that. Oh well!!

It is nice to hear that she looks good. Lord knows I have plenty of other things to worry about!

But right this minute, Gypsy wants to go out and play.


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