- 1 month ago
- Wedding: August 2019
So I think I may be an over-protective dog mum
My 1 year old Golden Retriever has stopped eating his dinner. That’s right. A Golden Retriever. Has stopped eating.
No medical issues raised by the vet: We’re there every month for an allergy injection and he always gets a once-over.
He’s a big boned-dog: 35kgs but quite thin. Not like, underfed thin (he has a solid layer of fat/skin on him), but I can feel his shoulder blades/ribs and has a very defined waist.
Before we went on our honeymoon in September he ate wonderfully – a mini-marrow bone in the morning, and dinner at night. Then he stayed with my parents for 2 weeks and when we got back he was noticibly thinner. He lost 2kgs, despite them saying he ate every night. Since then he hasn’t really eaten all of his dinner, declining to now where he maybe eats 1/4 of it.
Honestly, we do get people (like our vet and our trainer) praising us for keeping him in shape for a breed that is notorious for being pudgy.
He gets SO much exercise: 7 days a week he’s taken out. Which is why I’m worried he’s not getting enough food – he’s still a puppy after all.
We have stopped giving him treats during the day, except for his morning bone (yesterday he got a chicken carcass which he devoured). And we have started taking his food away after 30 mins at night if he doesn’t eat. Before we would mix something delicious into it (like a small amount of chicken or cheese) which got him to eat more. But I think that was only exacerbating the problem because he was expecting it, so he stopped eating. But come on!
We tried switching up his puppy food to a different kibble – the new one he loves as treats so I know he likes it. It’s mixed with either fresh lean mince, or a home-made cook of lean mince + veggies. For reference, he only eats super high-quality grain-free kibble – the stuff costs us a bomb. Eventurally we will be transitioning him to 100% homemade food, but he’s still growing so he needs to eat his kibble to ensure he’s getting all he needs.
His breeder did note that his Mum was a “self-regulator” when it came to eating which I found surprising (again, because they’re a greedy breed)
He’s just a picky eater!
Any tips for getting a picky eater to eat more! I would just die if he wasn’t eating enough and suffered for it.
I haven’t got one of him standing recently, but some pics for your opinion: