I'm currently dogsitting for the next month while her parents are on vacation. They tell me to only feed the dog 1 cup of dog food a day (1 at night). The dog is a yellow lab mix (possibly husky) Is a pretty skinny dog, but not gross skinny....still skinnier than any lab i've ever seen. She's 1 year old, should she be eating more than 2 cups a day?? If so.. how much?
i don't own a dog of my own I don't know any of this. I just wanted to clarify with you guys to see what your opinions are about how much this dog should be eating. I don't want her to get sick or anything while she's in my care.
That sounds like a ridiculously small amount of food, to me. What brand are they feeding? To my mind the dog should be getting at least 3 cups a day, and if she's very active,at least 4.. Just as an illustration, to show you how little that is, I feed my 17 pound Boston 3/4 of a cup a day. It's definitely not enough for a bigger breed like her.. Her coat is probably dull, and rough, and I bet you can feel or see her spine and ribs. What is the Lab crossed with, do you know? I just read he's a husky cross. I would get him wormed and give him at least 11/2 cups in the morning and the same at night,if in doubt look at the bag.If it's really crappy food, I would change it, but I'm not sure if you're an adult and can do this, with out getting in trouble, or have the resources. Keep us informed.
Not exactly sure what it's crossed with but it's pretty high strung so I'm thinking husky. The dog was from a rescue. Not sure what brand of food, it's just in a giant bin, not in the bag. I'm not sure if it helps, but the kibble is in little 'o' shapes with a hollowed out center, really dark brown.
i'm only 18, so I can't really change their food on them lol. Just babysitting the dog and was kind of worried because she finishes the cup of food in like 4 seconds and is pretty skinny for a lab, almost has the body of a greyhound, but with thicker fur. Was wondering if i should just sneak an extra cup or so into her meal.
Did the family leave you any way to contact them? You could always ask them. Otherwise, if this is the amount she has been eating, it won't harm her for the time she is with you if you follow their orders. I wouldn't make any changes without their authorization. You can try to find out the kind of food (maybe take some to nearby stores like petsmart and see if they know what it is) and see how much she should be feeding and let her know you researched it and this is what you think. That is a respectful approach. Or "My dog eats this much.. so yours should probably be getting this much..."
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You are dog sitting and I commend you for doing that... I know that there is a contact number to call them and tell them how fast the dog has eaten...4 seconds is too fast!!! The dog seems to be hungry to me....Contact the onwers and see if he is on any meds or diet from the vet and maybe that's why they told you to give him 1 cup?...You need to find out why, to give him only 1 cup for his size...If you can see his ribs of any sort, he maybe sick or not getting enough food...,Just call the onwers and asked, and tell them that he is eating his food too fast.....and see what they say?....They may have not notice him eating that fast?....Just call them up and go from there.....ralondra
I had my lab on a "diet" and she was still getting about 3 cups a day, split between morning and evening. My Chihuahua's get 1/2 a cup a day. So that seems like it isn't nearly enough. As far as eating fast, I think that is a lab trait(lol). They love to eat.
No way to contact the owner, she is in Mexico right now for the next month. I had an emergency contact who was her daughter, called her up and told her I was concerned about the amount of food she was consuming, and she said "yeah, my mom wants her to stay skinny and doesn't want her to become overweight - please don't change the amount of food intake you give the dog" sooo... guess I'm stuck, can't really change it. The dog is not sick or on any meds for anything whatsoever, so there's no health issue why the owner would want me to feed her less.