starving dog syndrome

we’ve been a bit of a revolving door for rescued dogs and cats over the years we’ve been here in Merida.

At present we have in house 4 dogs, all rescued from the streets. All were in bad health, and starving.

All ate ravenously, in the beginning. Almost all adjusted or ‘grew out of it’.

The exceptions are Rubi and Mariposa.  Rubi just follows you everywhere, looking for both attention, and food.

Mariposa just goes to the garden and eats everything, she consumes leaves, sticks, she chews up rocks, she is like a kid on christmas morning when I walk the kitchen waste to the compost pile, she eats just about every vegetable, and eggshells too. She consumes, not just chews up but consumes rag toys. (Tom can attest to the quantity of undigested rag toy he scoops up from the garden).  

We’ve run out of ideas, so when it was suggested to try this experiment – Put down and continue to give them food until they stop we thought we might try it.

This is their regular feeding schedule. We feed a good quality dry dog food: Kirkland brand lamb and rice.

All our dogs get fed 2x per day, varying amounts depending on weight, age,  and metabolism.



Weight Age AM PM


18kilos 6 years 1/2 scoop 1 scoop


19kilos 4 years ¾ scoop 1 ¼ scoop


20kilos 2 years 1 scoop 1 ½ scoop


13 kilos abt 1 year 1 ¼ scoop 1 ½ scoop

Well we ran that experiment this morning.  We put the food in bowls other than their regular bowls, and fed them outside rather than at the locations they typically eat in the kitchen.

fat puppy


We put down 5 scoops each for all but Tech who was excused from the experiment.  An additional 2 scoops were put in Mariposa’s bowl, there was about 1 scoop left when she walked away.  1 scoop was left over in Cenizas, and 2 scoops were left over in Rubi’s.


So far so good,  I will be home all day in case of issues. Let’s see what excitement dinner time will bring.



About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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5 Responses to starving dog syndrome

  1. Pingback: FollowUp – Starving Dog Syndrome | Debi in Mérida

  2. NORM says:

    10 days in, how is this fandango progressing?

    • guess I should do an update!

      all have responded as anticipated, no more craziness, with the exception of, and there is always the exception isn’t there, Mariposa. Although she is much much better. In fact handleable better!

  3. Tancho says:

    I would love to see a photo of all the dogs in about a month…

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