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    QuestionFeeding canned food only

    My 11 yr old lab recently started to refuse to eat her dry food, so I took her to the vet to get her teeth checked out. She is scheduled for a cleaning next week, but while he couldn't find anything wrong, he said to give her canned food only. Does anyone know how much a 60lb dog needs per day?? I read one of the cans at Petsmart and it said 1/2 can per 7-8lbs of dog... and when I asked the girl at the vet's office, she said only 1/2 can per day! That's a huge difference! So I have no idea if I'm over or under feeding my dog. Anyone know?

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    What I would do is compare the kcals you used to serve when she was still eating the kibble to the kcals in the cans. She may need as much as a full can in the morning and another in the evening, but the calories needed and consumed for maintenance varies a great deal from dog to dog, so you need to make that comparison.

    For example, one of my dogs eats 4 cups of kibble a day and the other (similar sized and younger) eats about 1.75 to 2 cups of the same food. And they maintain on that amount of food.
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    A general rule of thumb I use is 1 can per cup of dry. It's not exact, but it's given me a starting place when I've had to feed only canned food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MicksMom View Post
    A general rule of thumb I use is 1 can per cup of dry. It's not exact, but it's given me a starting place when I've had to feed only canned food.
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    Have you tried wetting her kibble with water or broth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophiesmama View Post
    Have you tried wetting her kibble with water or broth?
    yes, I tried that first when she was refusing her dry food. She ate it that way for one day and then refused it the next day. So then I tried to mix canned and dry food (with water) and she spit out the kibble on the rug and ate the yummy canned food.

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    I know your vet said he could not find anything wrong but please insist he run some tests. When a dogs eating habits change suddenly it can often be the first sign that something is wrong. If he hasn't had a senior panel run recently I would start there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tammyhuffman View Post
    I know your vet said he could not find anything wrong but please insist he run some tests. When a dogs eating habits change suddenly it can often be the first sign that something is wrong. If he hasn't had a senior panel run recently I would start there.
    She just had her annual checkup May 20th, which included bloodwork. Nothing was wrong except her thyroid level didn't even register on the machine that tests the blood. She is now on thyroid medicine. She's also on Rimadyl for arthritis. She goes for dental and xrays on Tuesday. So hopefully the vet can figure out something more definitive.

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    Sometimes kibble companies change their formula. It could be that your dog thinks it tastes awful. I hope the vet figures it out.
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    Good thoughts coming.

    Would raw or home cooked help? Maybe one meal canned and one home cooked. The canned food is expensive. When Erns needs to go on it my vet laughs as he says he is selling me half a can of water.
    When I have had to feed canned food I feed a whole can as well.

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