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Doug13
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PostSubject: 15 month old husky over eating?   Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:42 pm

Hello,
I’m a first time husky owner and have noticed in the last 5 weeks my puppy started to eat noticeably more. She’s putting on weight but still healthy looking. Is this a growth thing or the onset of cold weather here in New England? Any ideas would be great debating if I need a vet check. Cheers! Doug
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PostSubject: Re: 15 month old husky over eating?   Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:54 pm

Hmmm... okay, my read is that she's about 14 months old, so she should be "full grown" (barring filling out - she should be going from lanky to, excuse me, husky)

You're going to have to define a few things for me:  "overeating" how much of what are you feeding her?  If she's been happy at a cup of kibble a day and has decided she wants two, well, that's about normal.

Also:  "healthy looking" does she retain her sveldt appearance or is she putting on some gut?  Some owners think a dog has to retain the "rolly polly puppy" image to be healthy (which is definitely not true).

Unless she's been neutered, she should be approaching her second heat - how'd she act during her first one?

ETA: Okay, I didn't read your heading, I went back to read your previous messages .... sorry.
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PostSubject: Re: 15 month old husky over eating?   Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:16 pm

She is fixed and by no means extra weight in a bad way still very sleak visible hips no gut etc. she never had that rolly polly look. We exercise heavy 5-8 miles 2 times a week daily 1 hour of open running. she use to eat probably 1 1/2 cups a day and graze on the second half of the second cup. She’s comfortably eating 3 now and I bet if I put down another she’d eat it.
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PostSubject: Re: 15 month old husky over eating?   Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:39 pm

Could just be all the exercise she's been getting is making her eat more. If she laid around and did next to nothing, she probly would eat less/skip a meal or two
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PostSubject: Re: 15 month old husky over eating?   Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:07 pm

Okay Doug that all sounds good.  You really seem to be doing the right things with her.  Last question, has anything else changed?

For example, I had two dogs, an older Sibe and an equivalent aged (but puppyish personality) Alaskan.  I was free feeding the Alaskan who'd eat some of his food and graze a lot; the Sibe generally left his food alone but she was being fed about 2 cups a day and on occasion she'd snack on his meal.  I added a second Sibe (and all of mine are within a year or so of each other, I think)  and he started gulping his food and would eat anything extra that I might give him.  

I'm wondering if you might have a new girlfriend?  Moved from one place to another?  Have you changed brands of dog food?

It's unusual, in my experience to change their eating habits without some influence.  I think most of us are feeding about 2 cups a day and I'd think a dog who was getting three without any change in exercise would probably be putting on weight.

It might be worth considering running her past your vet just for a quick general exam.....


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PostSubject: Re: 15 month old husky over eating?   Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:35 am

Thanks for the help no changes at all same home same wife etc. hikes have gotten a little longer that’s all. So Maybe I should get her to the vet to check for a worm or something thanks again.
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