My Puppy Is Off His Food
Why Isn't My Puppy Eating?
I have a 5 month old Sprocker Spaniel. He is on the same food he has always been on which is Skinners puppy with a bit of meat, but he has not been eating all of it up for about 2-3 days. I feed him 3 times a day at present.
He still seems fine in every other way and full of energy. Please advise.
Reply from Pauline (Website Owner)
Sorry to hear your puppy's not eating, however, it's good to hear that he's otherwise fit and healthy.
You don't say how much of his food he is leaving? Most of each meal, some of it, or just a little.
If he's only leaving a little each time, I don't think there's anything to worry about - I don't always clear my plate! :-)
I'd keep an eye on how much water he's drinking. Make sure he gets enough, especially if he's fed on kibble as there's not as much water in it as in 'wet' food.
If your Sprocker is nearing 6 months, he may be ready to move to feeding only twice a day.
If I were you, I'd double check that you're giving him the correct amount each time. For example, check the food manufacturer's label for the recommended daily allowance for a puppy dog of his age and/or weight, depending on what they list. Whatever that allowance is, weight it out (you'd be surprised at how wrong you can be by just guessing!) and divide it into three (or two if you decide he's ready to eat twice a day).
If he's leaving most of his food, even though he seems healthy, I think it might be wise to just have him checked over by his vet - just to be on the safe side.
Also, I recommend you keep an eye on how many treats you give him each day. If you're training him, make sure you reward him with very small treats, or even pieces of his kibble, but take it from his allowance.
If you'd like to read more about feeding a puppy, you can do so here.
Good luck to you both and enjoy your puppy - he won't stay puppy-like for long!