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Old 06-30-2014, 03:29 AM
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If anyone feeds their dog/dogs only Primal for their meals, I would like to know how much per meal you feed and how often you feed. I would also like to know if your dog gets treats between meals. I know all dogs are different, but it would just give me a guide. Lulu is fed one block in the AM and one block in the PM. The AM meal is freeze dried, and the PM meal is frozen. She gets very few--sometimes no treats between meals. I rotate, but at the moment she is getting lamb in the AM and beef in the PM. She is losing weight. This worries me as she lost weight right before her episode with her liver in Feb. 2013. I am going to take her urine in to have it checked, but I thought I would see if maybe I'm just not feeding her enough.

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Eden eats only Primal. She gets freeze dried Duck. 3/4 of a block twice a day. She is 3 pounds 3-4 ounces. Did you start with their feeding guide? I'd try feeding her a bit more and see. They really do not get treats and when they do, it is Whole Life freeze dried sweet potato. The size of a pea.
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Right now I'm feeding only Primal and Odie must be a piggie! She eats four meals a day, equaling 3 blocks total and she gets probably 2 of the orijen freeze dried treats per day. She weighs 4.85 lbs but I wouldn't mind her getting back up to 5.


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I am feeding Tootsie only Primal. she weighs 9 pounds though. she gets 2 blocks for each feeding and eats 2 times a day with no treats except sometimes a couple licks of yogurt

I used the feeding calculator on the Primal site as a guide to try to figure out the right amount to feed her.

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Sounds like you might have to up her feeding a little bit. I don't feed just primal. I alternate meals, but I give 2 blocks of the primal duck. She's 7 1/2 lbs tho. She doesn't really get snacks. Maybe the occasional garden green bean.
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Also it depends on the dog's metabolism. I swear BG eats more but Sonny is bigger. No clue how or why
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I called myself following the feeding calculator pretty fairly. With beef though she would not quite get 2 blocks a day--1 per meal, but I don't feed only beef, so I give her the full block with her one beef meal. A great weight for her is 5 lbs 8 to 10 ozs. She has gotten as high as a bit over 6 lbs, and I back her down on her food. Right now she's at about 5 lbs 3 - 4 oz. That's too low. I'm going to add a meal and have her urine checked. If their are crystals in her urine, we will do full bloodwork as before. I am just hoping I'm just not feeding enough.

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Tina, let us know what the results are of the urine test. now you got me thinking about my Tootsie but I think she is fine. she actually has lost a lot of weight since I switched her to the all Primal diet. but I wanted her to lose weight so, I was going by the lose weight option on the feeding calculator. now she's at the perfect weight and she has only been maintaining for a short time. I don't want her to lose anymore weight. she loves to eat and will eat as much as is offered to her. also, we have been going on some long walks, so ... I think that will make a difference too. maybe I need to increase tootsies food too ....
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