FollowUp – Starving Dog Syndrome

Remember 27 June I told you about an experiment we were running with the dogs?  you can refresh your memory here!  then  continue below!

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 the morning of 27 June.  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.


for the evening meal Tech ate her normal serving, the others were again each offered 5 cups.  Ceniza ate 2 1/2 cups, Rubi ate 3 3/4 cups, and Mariposa ate 3 cups, Mari then just sat and stared at her bowl, she couldn’t bear to walk away from it.

All 3 test dogs got diarrhea so we suspended the test.  However the results have been positive. All are more relaxed about eating, not so crazed.  Mariposa still gets WAAAAY excited, but she actually eats a little slower.

So, was it a success???    I’d say Yes!


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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