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    Bowser has always inhaled his food in one sitting until the past week or so. Now he seems to have little interest. He doesn't go straight for it and he takes many breaks.

    He is eating it all, but it takes a lot of encouragement.

    Some info:
    • He is 70 pounds
    • He is fed the dry food, Exclusive (what the breeder recommended)
    • He is drinking normally
    • He is still playful
    • He is 9 months old
    • We are feeding him the minimum amount that the food brand recommends for his age and weight
    • He isn't on any medications
    • The vet has not said anything about him being overweight


    Has anyone experienced anything like this before?, and do you have any words of wisdom?

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    I haven't but I switch flavors of Fromm dog food after each bag

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    Default Re: Loss in appetite?

    Sometimes it happens… as long as he is pooping and behaving normally I wouldn't worry. You can add some warm water to get his appetite going, or add something new like boiled egg, fruit or veggies.

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    How much are you feeding him? Bulldogs tend to need less than the recommended amount mine is 10 and a half months and he gets 1 1/4 cup twice a day. He could also be sick of the food, I would suggest maybe trying to transition him to a different kind or flavor. Let us know how you make out!

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    70 lbs at 9 mths, wow, he is a big boy... is he tall or an OEB? can you post a picture of him from above so we can see his waistline?

    I never heard of the food you are feeding, but could be he is full or just likes to eat slow.... our first boy, would take about 20 mins to eat.... nibble, take a break, get a drink, nibble.... meanwhile, banks was drooling like a water fall waiting to get to the bowl. There were a few times that I had to hand feed him cause he just would not eat out of the bowl... but at the age of 2 we had full panel allergy test done and it turned out he was allergic to all types of rice -- changed the food to grain free and he ate like a champ after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCandMurray View Post
    How much are you feeding him? Bulldogs tend to need less than the recommended amount mine is 10 and a half months and he gets 1 1/4 cup twice a day.
    We feed him 4 cups per day (as per the bag). 1 1/2 at breakfast, 1 at lunch, and 1 1/2 at dinner. The breeder has said not to switch him to adult food until he is a year old and to keep feeding him 3 times a day until he is a year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    70 lbs at 9 mths, wow, he is a big boy... is he tall or an OEB? can you post a picture of him from above so we can see his waistline?

    I never heard of the food you are feeding
    So sorry, it is actually called Exclusive. It's a Purina Mills brand. I've edited my first post.

    He is just a regular English bulldog. Not sure if he's tall as I haven't seen many others in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quackattack View Post
    We feed him 4 cups per day (as per the bag). 1 1/2 at breakfast, 1 at lunch, and 1 1/2 at dinner. The breeder has said not to switch him to adult food until he is a year old and to keep feeding him 3 times a day until he is a year old.

    That is a lot of food.... at 9 mths, I think he should be getting about 3 cups total a day. Remember the company will want you to over feed so you have to buy more


    8 weeks 1/2 cup 3 times a day
    12 weeks 2/3 to 3/4 cup 3 times a day
    4 & 5 months 3/4 cup 3 times a day
    6 months to 1 year 1.25 to 1.5 cups twice a day
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