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Puppy woes
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Mugway    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:14:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The wife and I have a new little girl,a brindel Boxer,cute as all heck.Ruby the pup was the runt of the litter and she has an eating problem,she wolfs down her kibble so fast she chokes.I have gone to moistening her food and giving a spoonful at a time to slow her down and keep her from chocking.Any other suggestions on this.


Clipper    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:45:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boxers are well known for having digestive problems.We have owned several and every one of em ended up on a strict diet of Eukanaba.NO table scraps,leather chews....NOTHING but the dog food; and make it 2 small feedings per day.If you allow her to put on weight she will end up with a heart attack which is another trait inherent with the breed. Expect operations on her rear legs to repair torn ligaments as well by the time she is 5-6 years old. Do it all right and you will have 10 years of the best dog you will ever own. Kids? Boxers are fantastic with em! They will survive many a Tonka toy enema put on em by little tykes! :^)


sdg    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:37:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can honestly say I think what you are doing is probably about all you can do right now till she's a bit older. We had 2 mini dashounds when I was younger, (they're still alive coming up on thier 17th birthday) and trixie was the runt, she would run over and gobble down the food and choke before Tamaro could get a nibble, anyways after a while of feeding tomaro elsewhere and offering trixie a little at a time, she got over that. Vet said it was cause since she was the runt, she had issues with food and was afraid the other's would take it first. So In my opionion, just keep doing what you're doing and I bet she'll get over it. Sorry I couldn't help more. Good luck w/ the pup.


Pitch    Posted 03-11-2004 at 06:33:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is probably the best you can do for now.Being as how she was the runt she was used to having to eat like that when she was with the litter in order to get any at all. Sooner or later she will come to realize that there is plenty and that she can slow down.


Sue    Posted 03-11-2004 at 21:49:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like good measures are being taken, the only thing I can sugjest is that since she thinks she has to gobble her food, feed her alone like as was said and also mabie do the same amount, but portion it out to 4 feedings. This works for my friend who is a poo breeder. runts are served at( 8am/12pm/4pm/7pm. this keeps the stomach working so she won't be as hungry. I also agree in my many years of grooming, I have never met a boxer I did not like.


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