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Old 08-22-2014, 02:36 AM
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Stella's feeding calculator says to feed 2 pattys a day for 5 lbs. That's about 110 calories. When I go on DogFoodAdvisor and put in her ideal weight it says 200 calories a day. We were feeding her 1 Stella's at night and fresh raw for breakfast. Long story short ( see my other thread on her not eating breakfast) she is a little chunky at 6 pounds.

Now I'm not sure how much to feed her. My plan is to cut her back to 1 Stella's a day split between 2 meals and if she needs it a snack ( taken out of the total). But she's done fine with 2 meals before. But that's only 55 calories.

I'm just not used to having this tiny of a dog. My husband is the one that feeds her breakfast ( I'm not up at that hour) and he does tend to overfeed. I have to remind him when the German Shepherd is getting chunky so he can cut back on food ( GSD only eats fresh raw).

So how much should be enough? How much do you all feed?

I can't believe after feeding raw for so many years and knowing that you use the the dogs condition as the guide, that I'm asking this but she's so tiny. And she was so thin at 4.75 lbs when we found her. She was looking good around 5.3 lbs I just want her to be ok. I feel like I'm failing, she's had me worried all week with the white foamy vomit and not eating breakfast.


1 Stella's is only 55 calories, surely that can't be enough calories even for a 5 lb chihuahua.

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Mine are 3.6 and 4.6 lbs. They are the only 2 of my 4 who get the Stella patty's (picky eaters) they each get half a patty each meal toppled over about 1/8 cup kibble. It took me a while to get it right too. When I was feeding according to the calculator they were overweight. I don't think 1 patty per day is enough for your dog though. Especially if that is all she is getting to eat. I also give all 4 of mine the Stella's carnivore crunch treats, which are much like food.
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Minnie ( who weighs around 5 1/2 pounds ), and my yorkie Peyton ( who weights about 4 3/4 pounds ) , each get 1 Stella and Chewys patty a day at each meal. sometimes , I give them slightly more than one patty... like a tiny piece extra in addition to the one patty.

they eat 2 times a day, so they get at least 2 pattys each a day... sometimes a bit more
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Relative to weight loss, it's just like humans. If she is a little chunky just cut back a little at a time until you see results. Once her weight is good, see what it takes to keep her there. Lady was a tiny bit over 6 pounds when I got her as an adult...a bit chunky as well. She is now about 5.2 pounds. It really makes a difference on such a small dog. A good weight is if you can feel their ribs easily and they have a waist (vs a sausage look). I will say with Lady she got to a point where she had actually lost too much (she dipped below five pounds). I now feed her a heaping tablespoon of ZP per meal (they eat twice a day) with about a quarter patty of Stella and Chewy's over the top. This makes me think a half patty per meal would be too little even for weight loss....but all dogs are different. Also, keep her exercise up, 3-4 good walks a week will help.
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Mine are 3.6 and 4.6 lbs. They are the only 2 of my 4 who get the Stella patty's (picky eaters) they each get half a patty each meal toppled over about 1/8 cup kibble. It took me a while to get it right too. When I was feeding according to the calculator they were overweight. I don't think 1 patty per day is enough for your dog though. Especially if that is all she is getting to eat. I also give all 4 of mine the Stella's carnivore crunch treats, which are much like food.
Mimi is a picky eater too. When we first found her I had quite a time finding food she would eat. She refuses all kibble, will eat some canned foods and she was eating fresh raw fine until this last week. She gobbled the Stella's from the first and I rotate three flavors that are different than the fresh raw we were feeding her. Maybe I should add more different flavors in the rotation? Or maybe I should try a leaner cut of raw meat for her for breakfast? It didn't help that husband was sharing his pretzel snacks with her every night.
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Minnie ( who weighs around 5 1/2 pounds ), and my yorkie Peyton ( who weights about 4 3/4 pounds ) , each get 1 Stella and Chewys patty a day at each meal. sometimes , I give them slightly more than one patty... like a tiny piece extra in addition to the one patty.

they eat 2 times a day, so they get at least 2 pattys each a day... sometimes a bit more
Thanks, it's so weird for me to be worrying on one hand she is chunky yet on the other hand she's been boycotting breakfast.
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Relative to weight loss, it's just like humans. If she is a little chunky just cut back a little at a time until you see results. Once her weight is good, see what it takes to keep her there. Lady was a tiny bit over 6 pounds when I got her as an adult...a bit chunky as well. She is now about 5.2 pounds. It really makes a difference on such a small dog. A good weight is if you can feel their ribs easily and they have a waist (vs a sausage look). I will say with Lady she got to a point where she had actually lost too much (she dipped below five pounds). I now feed her a heaping tablespoon of ZP per meal (they eat twice a day) with about a quarter patty of Stella and Chewy's over the top. This makes me think a half patty per meal would be too little even for weight loss....but all dogs are different. Also, keep her exercise up, 3-4 good walks a week will help.
Thanks, I should get her out walking more. It's been so hot we've been staying inside. Of course she runs around the house a lot, chasing the cats. They like to play tag with her lol. I remembered my husband has been sharing his pretzel snacks with her, so I'm sure that hasn't helped. I'm going to talk to him about that tonight.
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I just double checked the calories on the packages I have and they say 70, 75 and 80 calories per patty. I was feeding rabbit but lately I've been feeding the beef, duck and lamb. These are a lot more than 55 calories per patty.
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