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Old 10-16-2012, 03:04 PM
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Hello everyone,
I need to know the best suggestions for putting weight back on a chi. I don't know if I should just put extra food in Jaxx's bowl or put out food and let him eat as much as he wants.

We dropped Jaxx off at the kennel on Friday and picked him up on Sunday plus I called every day to make sure he was doing okay. They told me he was doing fantastic. When we picked him up they brought him out wrapped up in his bed. When we got to the car I picked him up and noticed that his ribs were very visible and he had lost a lot of weight. I immediately went back to the kennel and asked them what was up. They told me he ate one or two pieces of kibble all weekend which is not my idea of he did fantastic. When we got home I gave him food and he ate it without a problem. His stools were soft the first day but are back to normal now.
The kennel manager called me yesterday to explain and said that they had Jaxx in a very populated part of the kennel and they thought it stressed him out. My point was he has never had a problem losing weight before when kenneled and if they thought he was stressed they should have told me when I called on one of the days that I checked up on him.
He was crying and whining the entire way home that night too so I knew something was wrong because Jaxx doesn't act like that.

Needless to say Jaxx won't be going back to that kennel and our property manager for our apartments said that the property management team will take care of Jaxx from now on when we have to go away and can't take him. They all love Jaxx and even come out of the office if they see us walking in order to play with Jaxx. We have the future solved but now I need to solve how to put the weight back on him.

Normally he gets about 2 3/4 tbsp of Orijen twice a day. I don't want to give him too much food so it makes him sick but if I continue to feed him his regular amount will his weight go back to normal?

It just aggravates me so much because obviously Jaxx was not taken care of over the weekend. We had used this kennel before and they were great but this time I am very disappointed.

I am just worried about getting Jaxx's weight back to normal. I have a vet appointment for him next Monday but I wanted to get his weight back on track ASAP.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:12 PM
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I don't think you'll have a problem getting weight back on him especially if he's eating ok now. Granted...they SHOULD have told you when you called to check in on him.

In my experience with Chi's it's very common for them to not eat when a change in environment/care givers. Evie went to a breeder friends house for a couple weeks for socialization & she got quite skinny. I've had a couple dogs here to train & they ate poorly as well the first week. It is tricky with Chi's because of the hypoglycemia risks for smaller/younger dogs so the person caring for them need to know how to get nutrition into them & need to know to keep close eye on them for any issues but...it is common. Our newest addition arrived at 13 weeks & under 2lbs & I had a heck of a time getting food into her the first week. It was incredibly stressful because she was small. I had to make sure she had food into her every 6hrs & supplemented with puppycal (similar to nutrical).

Anyway...I'm no help. Apparently Jaxx was out of his element/comfort zone. Sounds like you have a better plan for him for when you go away in the future. I wouldn't worry though--his weight will come back up on it's own. I'd just give him a little more food at each feeding until he's back to normal.
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I wouldn't worry too much as long as he's eating & drinking. Just increase his food intake. 2 3/4 tbsp doesn't sound like enough food for Jax when we're talking about Kibble. Although Orijen is one of the better kibbles, I would suggest giving 1/4 cup twice a day. Let him eat what he wants. If he doesn't eat it all, just leave until he wants more. I would get my money back from that kennel & tell them exactly how I feel!! I would also go to their website if they have one & make sure to warn propective others looking for a place to keep their baby. So many upsetting stories lately of these uncaring kennels. No better place to leave your pets than with family or friends if you're lucky enough, otherwise try, try to include your chi where ever you go.

p.s. Most chis don't eat all day when their mommy is away. It's just a chi thing. They wait to eat til mommy gets home, so it doesn't surprise me that Jax was totally upset that you weren't there & therefore, didn't eat. But you should have been told (not that they were paying attention to whether or not he ate). Try to look at it from his point of view--he probably thought you were getting rid of him. Lol Give him lots of hugs & kisses for me.
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That's so nice of your propert manager. I'm glad you have things sorted out. When feeding ZP I normally make sure there's some in Mylo's bowl all the time. He doesn't over eat so I trust him and keep a mental note of how much he's had and keep an eye on his weight. Jaxx should be back to normal in no time if he's eating normally now but you could give him a small amount of cheese as a treat if he's not lactose intolerant.
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Rather than feeding him larger meals and risking an upset tummy, I would go back to offering a third meal.
I'm really sorry you went through this, but I'm sure he will bounce back.
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I gave him a third meal today and after his meals yesterday and today he is starting to look a little better.

Thank you everyone!

Now we just have to work on the emotional side effects of all of this. He is being much more clingy and wanting to be with me every minute. He has even started making sure I am still there when we are out walking.

Yesterday we took him in the car because we were going to Petsmart. I was going to have his nails done but after he was so upset in the car I decided not to have his nails done for a week or two because I didn't want to stress him out any more than was necessary. He has never had a problem with car rides but now he keeps whining the entire time. I guess he thinks we are going to leave him again.

He seems fine though when he is home. Even when we leave he is fine (I left the webcam on yesterday when we left because I wanted to make sure he wasn't whining or anything when we were gone.) He just slept the entire time we were gone except for playing a little and drinking a little.

I called the kennel and told them how upset I was and was told it is perfectly normal for a dog not to eat when he is in a kennel. I agree it can be normal but I think they should have told me that he didn't eat. I am just thankful that we didn't decide to spend an extra night away.

Thank you gals for all of your help!
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I don't want to sound mean but...he's a dog. He lives in the moment. If you are feeling sorry for him and treating him as though he's been through an ordeal...he is going to act differently not because he went through an ordeal but because you are treating him differently than usual. I think once you guys start moving on...so will he. I'd go about life as normal & like nothing happened & he will follow suit.
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I don't know if this will help at all or even if it's relevant but I find that for difficult eaters (I don't know if he is?), leaving food out all day is likely to make them eat less, as they will never really be hungry enough to eat a full meal if they are grazing all day. I would say say feed him as normal, just add a bit more food to each meal, perhaps also add some food higher in calorie density, and try not to treat him too much during the day to ensure he eats his meals properly.

Also, when I left one of mine at a friends for 2 weeks, so not even a kennel, she ignored me for 2 whole days afterwards and was acting so strangely I thought she was actually sick! I realised that I was babying her and that's why she was playing it up. So I started to act normally again and eventually she forgot she was peeved and went back to normal as well
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