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Ok so we've had Dai Ca for exactly 2 weeks now & his eating habit hasn't changed. When I'm in the kitchen he cries & howls like no tomorrow. Then when I come to put his bowls down he's jumping & so antsy he'll run into me or the bowl. Lastly when he's eating, he's like a pig, eating like he's never eatin. Devours every last bit. So we started feeding him more hoping this would stop his habit, but it hasn't & I can see all his ribs when he stands & moves, his fur is flabby & loose looking. It worries me.
He's 6 weeks today & last Monday weighed 5.5lbs probably gained another by now.

Is any of this normal?!?!
 

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Little man has a tapeworm LOL! I had an ACD who ate like a savage and he did all his life to. I bought a special dish to slow him down. That boy loved his food! My friends great dane pup eats like he has never eaten before and she just had to buy a special dish to slow him down because danes can bloat easy. Daica just has a healthy appetite and there ain't nothing wrong with that ;) He has been checked for worms and been dewormed though right? I think you have said he has before.
 

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Id just be worried about the excess air he is gulping down which could cause bloating and gas like mentioned above by Bella. I would either stick your hand in there and hand feed a bit but just having your hand in there should slow him down a bit having to go around it { lol not easy if you dont have time} but a tennis ball would work for now or hockey ball , if he continues this you may have to get one of the heavier stainless ones { they sell at most pet stores} but makes it harder to move around when they are larger , just slows there eating down having to move it out of the way all the time. Id be more worried if he wasnt eating lol , maybe could just be a growth spurt like kids they eat and eat during these times and then other times not so much lol.
 

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Blue Nose Bella - Well that's good to hear lol. Yes he's been de wormed. He had his 2nd medication intake on Friday.

Sadie - He was checked last week for parasites because my other dog got a tummy ache. They both checked out normal. However I will ask about diabetes, thank you.

angelbaby - Like with BNB, about the special bowl, what is the special bowl? I have stainless steal ones that are in a holder that levitates it off the ground a bit but keeps it in place. The air thing, I'm sure he gets a lot of that. I could try hand feeding, I'll see how that one goes next meal & let you know, thank you. We don't have a tennis ball. Ya lol not eating is worse. But omgosh you should see how he eats, it frustrates my fiance because he asks "is he supposed to be eating like that?!?". Chanel eats so proper, quiet & slow. Complete opposite lol.

I don't know what the de wormer was specifically called. But he's had both dosages now. After his first one, he had bowel movements that contained worms (ickyyy) & then they were gone. After his 2nd dosage, his stool remained normal.
 

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Make sure your pup is getting a good feed. If your pup is infested with worms the parasites are sucking all the nutrients from the digestive track making it hard for your little one to put on weight. If his skin is loose you need to make sure the pup is staying well hydrated. Pups need to be wormed a few times and then once a year there after. If your deworming the pup yourself you need to make sure your using a good wormer to rid the pup of all parasites panacur c will get rid of tapeworms, hook worms, and round worms. You can also call the vet and ask them to confirm parasites infestation through a fecal and they can give the pup drontal plus to get rid of the worms. This will need to be repeated again 3 more times up until 6 months.
 

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not sure about the special bowl ? I have only used the balls in the bowl to slow them down , maybe bella has a link or picture of the bowl she is talking about ?
 

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The vet did both de worming & said if his stool looks not normal within 10 days after to go back & have a fecal sample to see if he needs a 3rd de worming. But his stool is completely normal, its not runny or anything like it was before his de wormer & his fecal sample came back normal last week.
 

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not sure about the special bowl ? I have only used the balls in the bowl to slow them down , maybe bella has a link or picture of the bowl she is talking about ?
Oh ok, if his bowl was bigger I might be able to fit a ball, but he'd probably knock it out lol.

Bella do you have a link or picture?? ^_^
 

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Then your puppy might just be a greedy little pig lol. Don't over feed no matter what. Keep the pup on a rich protein grain free diet. What are you feeding the pup?
 

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I can tell you if you fed the pup something like orijen or evo red meats the pup would be full quicky. My full grown dog can barley finish 2 cups. For a pup your age the feeding recommendation is like 1/4 a cup to start.
 

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My oldest dog eats the same way. I never free feed him because he would eat himself to death. Even without worms, a dog's eating habits begin as a puppy. I don't use any funny bowls or balls because he knocks them over or takes the balls out. So I feed him small portions at a time. He's the only dog I've ever had like this, and he was my first and last BYB dog I'll ever have.

So I don't know if you can correct it now as a pup. Eating fast doesn't allow the dogs to get the benefits of the food, as it needs to be chewed. If you can solve it, I'm sure it'll help others on here in the future....
 

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Lol I'd rather him a pig then with more worms. Because I asked myself if that's what it was, but after his 2nd de wormer, his stool was still normal. So then I asked "what is it then?!" lol. Ok, I won't over feed him, I was just really worried, with the ribs & all. I'll leave out water more as well, takes him a bit before he realizes he can drink it ^_^
Well he was starting to loose his fur, getting bald looking patches behind his ears, on his belly & back legs. The food before we switched had chicken in it & we were told his dad was allergic to chicken. The store manager at Petcetera said it was ok to feed him chicken... till the loosing of fur started. We're also using hypo allergenic detergent for his blankets just to be 100% safe & sure.
Anyway, now we're feeding him:
Blue Longevity Puppy Food (wet)
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Formula Food Lamb & Rice (dry)

We haven't started on the dry yet, I think I'm going to ease him on to it between 7-8 weeks, is that ok? & can I give him a bath yet? He stinks :( lol
 

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I can tell you if you fed the pup something like orijen or evo red meats the pup would be full quicky. My full grown dog can barley finish 2 cups. For a pup your age the feeding recommendation is like 1/4 a cup to start.
We don't have those dog brand foods :( but was told Blue Buffalo is really good & we feed him 2 tablespoons each meal & he has 4 meals a day. He's still taking medication for Kennels Cough, you have to have food in you & be taken every 12hrs. So we have to accommodate his meals around that

7am
11am
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8pm

Then a quick small bite again at 11pm before his meds
 

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My oldest dog eats the same way. I never free feed him because he would eat himself to death. Even without worms, a dog's eating habits begin as a puppy. I don't use any funny bowls or balls because he knocks them over or takes the balls out. So I feed him small portions at a time. He's the only dog I've ever had like this, and he was my first and last BYB dog I'll ever have.

So I don't know if you can correct it now as a pup. Eating fast doesn't allow the dogs to get the benefits of the food, as it needs to be chewed. If you can solve it, I'm sure it'll help others on here in the future....
Well I will try many different methods suggested & yes I hope I can solve it as well ^_^ I will definitely keep everyone posted with the methods & if they are successful or not
 

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Go ahead and mix the some dry food in with the wet food. By 8 weeks old your pup should be eating dry food only. Keep an eye out on the itching and fur loss the places your pup is loosing hair sounds like classic demodectic mange. But it could also be allergies from the food he was eating before you switched. If the hair loss continues I would have the vet do a skin scrape for mange to be on the safe side.
 

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well if nothing is wrong with the pup you are lucky -__-
i have a hard time getting my girl to eat sometimes.
shes getting better though, her appetite has picked up quite a bit.
you may just have a little garbage disposal on you're hands though ahah :D
thats how my JRT is, he just devours his food.
 

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We don't have those dog brand foods :( but was told Blue Buffalo is really good & we feed him 2 tablespoons each meal & he has 4 meals a day. He's still taking medication for Kennels Cough, you have to have food in you & be taken every 12hrs. So we have to accommodate his meals around that

7am
11am
4pm
8pm

Then a quick small bite again at 11pm before his meds
Awe if your pup is just getting over kennel cough that could have caused the weight loss and dehydration. Keep fluids in the pup and finish off the meds. I didn't realize your pup had been sick that makes sense now.
 
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