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Old 08-07-2019, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Am I the only one that feeds my adult boxer three meals a day? Does everyone else feed their dogs 2 times per day or even one? My boxer is not overweight by the way, she gets three small meals. I want to change as
I am worried about GDV.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do three a day. Been working great for 3 years now.

Curious as to why you think your dog would be less susceptible to bloat with 2 larger meals? Did you read something about that, or a vet say something? Curious cause I have never heard anything about three meals a day being a bad thing

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Thank you, it’s because she is more likely to run around like a lunatic during the day, plus I am using a dog walker more due to work and they have to feed her lunch as they drop her off, leaving her eating just after exercise and on her own not monitored. Thank you
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I just switched Duke from 3 to 2 times a day. He's just about 5 months.
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Hello. I feed twice a day. Roughly 6 and 6. I did just read an article I believe from the AKC that it could be actually better to feed dogs once a day.

I am keen on routine. My first boxer and current boxer have always been on a schedule. Helps me and helps them.


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Thank you, itís because she is more likely to run around like a lunatic during the day, plus I am using a dog walker more due to work and they have to feed her lunch as they drop her off, leaving her eating just after exercise and on her own not monitored. Thank you
Ah, ok. Yeah, I do the three times a day but work it around so that we dont do exercise for at least an hour and a 1/.2 after he has eaten.
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I feed 2x a day. We now elevate his bowl too as he was slipping and sliding trying to get low enough for his meals. My st poodle is also a breed the will bloat. We follow no exercise 45 min before and hour after. It works well for us. Many of the poodle people I have spoken to have the dogs get a plexus (stomach tacking) I didn't do that. They can still bloat but can prevent the stomach from twisting and prevent emergency surgery. I am always questioning myself.
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We feed our boys twice a day, 6 AM and about 3 PM. We have not seen issues. I worry about them if they want to play hard after any meal regardless of size...but I had a friend who lost a lab this way. I'm not crazy paranoid, but I think you have to be aware and control it to some degree.
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We got the stomach pinning surgery on our boxer when she was spayed. I am glad as I am a worrier, thank you everyone for your comments about feeding
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I feed 2x a day. We now elevate his bowl too as he was slipping and sliding trying to get low enough for his meals. My st poodle is also a breed the will bloat. We follow no exercise 45 min before and hour after. It works well for us. Many of the poodle people I have spoken to have the dogs get a plexus (stomach tacking) I didn't do that. They can still bloat but can prevent the stomach from twisting and prevent emergency surgery. I am always questioning myself.
Thanks for posting. I feed Duke a roughly 5-6 & again at 3-4, but I didn't know he wasn't supposed to be not exercising for 45 mins afterwards....we often go to the park after he eats to get some exercise, especially if he's on a dogwalker day and has to be crated while I'm in the office. Thanks again for posting.
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