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Old 10-24-2013, 12:00 AM
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I have been feeding Lulu ZP in the AM and Sojos in the PM for months now. She has been on commercial raw or home cooked for almost 2 years so her body is used to digesting this type of food as opposed to kibble. About a week ago or maybe a little more, I switched her to Nature's Varity frozen raw bites--it's about the size of kibble but it's raw. She loves it, and I'm pleased. She gets her regular 2 meals a day--1/4 cup each meal. My problem is it's not holding her through the night. She starts getting uncomfortable and won't stay asleep around 3 AM and this morning I broke down and fed her at 5:30 AM where she usually doesn't eat until 7:30 AM because I knew she was starving. Why all of a sudden is her food not holding her all night? This is not behavior, this dog is perfect. She is hungry. The obvious is feed her a meal right before bedtime, and I don't mind that, but I don't want her to put on weight. What would ya'll recommend?

BTW, it says on the package for less active or overweight dogs to feed 1/2-1 cup per day. I am feeding at the low end of that. That may be the problem.
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Only you know your dog. So if you can tell she's starving, I would add a tiny amount more to her meals and see if it makes a difference. If you have do add more in a week or two, or even again after that to make sure she's getting enough, go ahead. You'll be able to tell if she starts gaining weight, but you should be able to tell if she's eating enough to feel satisfied before that too.
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What if you tried reversing the order? Feed her the NV in the morning and feed her the ZP at night? Might be worth a try.
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I'd give her something to eat just before bedtime, at least for a week and see if that stops the early am problem. If you are worried about weight, weigh her now and follow up in a month.
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Since Midgie had put on some weight a few months ago, I cut back on the amount of food I was feeding and she acts like she's starving in the evening especially cause everyone in my house likes to snack before bed. I give her carrots or sweet tators. I like the idea of switching the meals up and maybe increasing the amount by a tiny bit.
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I give what we call Good Night cookies at 10PM It is a simple treat or two "PureBites Chicken" and that always helps my crew. Plus that is how Huly gets his daily dose of Mushroom.
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Thanks so much everyone for your answers!! I gave her a tiny snack right at bedtime last night, and she was fine all night. I am going to do that for a while and watch her weight.
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Thanks so much everyone for your answers!! I gave her a tiny snack right at bedtime last night, and she was fine all night. I am going to do that for a while and watch her weight.
Sounds like a great plan! And remember that our dogs are master manipulators.... if she wakes up early and fusses maybe try telling her to SHUSH and don't get up and feed her right away. If you do, you are rewarding that behavior of fussing. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

My moms dogs have her and my dad so trained. They start fussing about an hour before they are fed and so now they are feeding them earlier and earlier. It's become a real problem. Her dogs have learned that if they fuss, mom feeds them - so now they are waking her up at night, etc. And they are NOT needing to eat, they are both very overweight. So its not a matter of empty tummies in that case.
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