Hungry or Food Obsessed - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
Cody's Stepsister
 
Cody_boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hungry or Food Obsessed

Hi,
I have a golden retriever, Cody, who is about 82 lbs, but he always seems SOOOOO hungry. He is a master counter surfer, and always scarfs down his food. He just turned a year old this month, and is currently fed 3 cups daily (1.5 cups/meal) of Wellness Chicken formula. Cody is an active puppy, and gets about 45 minutes at the dog park in the morning, as well as 2 other walks (about 10-15 min. each) daily. How do I know if he is always hungry and needs more food, or if he just loves to eat? I am afraid he will become overweight if we give him too much food, but on the other hand, I DO NOT like to see him always hungry.

Cody_boy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 09:56 PM
Professional Member
 
RedDogs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,399
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 9
Thanked 200 Times in 136 Posts
Have you discussed this with your vet?

In some ways, this is very normal dog behavior, but some dogs have an extensive enthusiasm for food that could be part of an underlying health problem.
RedDogs is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
Cody's Stepsister
 
Cody_boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedDogs View Post
Have you discussed this with your vet?

In some ways, this is very normal dog behavior, but some dogs have an extensive enthusiasm for food that could be part of an underlying health problem.
Thanks,
I will make sure to mention it to my vet on the next appointment. Do you happen to know of any specific problems that could cause this food obsession?

Cody_boy is offline  
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 11:20 PM
Member
 
cprcheetah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lehi, Utah
Posts: 332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Hypothyroidism can cause food obsession....Shellie had it massively before we started her on thyroid pills, it's helped but she is still ALWAYS looking for food. It's not a good idea to feed them whenever they are hungry or you could get a 'table' instead of a dog....right now we have 2 labradors boarding where I work and both are easily 30-50# overweight and can barely move :-( Sometimes adding unsalted green beans to their food keeps them satisfied a little longer.
cprcheetah is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
Cody's Stepsister
 
Cody_boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How do you tell if a dog has Hypothyroidism? Are there any symptoms to look for besides an obssession with food? By the way he was cought today eating a stick of butter lol.

Cody_boy is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 01:41 PM
Preeminent Member

 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 16,769
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Images: 64
Thanks: 658
Thanked 5,568 Times in 3,099 Posts
Some symptoms you might notice, poor coat quality, skin problems, ear infections, lethargy, but you may not see any symptoms either. Your vet will have to run a blood test to check his thyroid level, and you should ask for a full panel to get all the results. Also be aware, Golden Retrievers need thyroid medication if they test in the Low end of Normal range, some vets are aware of this.

You could add unsalted green beans to his food to help him feel more full, or try a food that has fewer calories per cup so you can feed him more without increasing the calories.

Goldens are notorious for being food hogs though, so it's not unusual for him to be so food driven.

"To my mind, I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Mahatma Gandhi

Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas
mylissyk is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 01:43 PM
Member
 
cprcheetah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lehi, Utah
Posts: 332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Here are the official signs: http://www.nzymes.com/pc/articles.as...hyroidismsigns

The most common signs are the dog is fat & lazy, chronic infections, poor hair coat. However I have heard that they don't start showing clinical signs until the thyroid's function is 80% destroyed. However the only one Shellie had was a hair coat that wasn't growing and hyperactivity (which is NOT the norm). Your Vet can run a blood test, but even better is to have a Thyroid Panel sent off to Jean Dodd's (she is the leading expert in thyroid disorders in dogs) HEMOPET.HTM as she also offers her interpretation based on breed, age, activity etc.
cprcheetah is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 01:55 PM
Advanced Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Midwest
Posts: 927
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 38
Thanked 396 Times in 283 Posts
Some dogs with low normal thyroid can also exhibit some hypothyroid symptoms - most often it is decreased drive and mild coat issues. The protocol now is to put the dog on thryoid medication for low normal. Vets usually leave it up to the owner. Performance dogs that have low normal are always put on thyroid medication.
rhondas is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Knife Swallower
 
Ranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: East of the Rockies, West of the Rest
Posts: 6,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Images: 8
Thanks: 1,532
Thanked 1,571 Times in 818 Posts
I had a vet tell me once that a dog would rather eat 5 cups of cardboard than 2 cups of good quality, nutrient dense food because they felt 'fuller' eating 5 cups even if the calorie count was the same. Bearing that in mind, Ranger has never been a food hog except for when he had to go on a diet and I cut his high calorie food intake from 2 cups to 1.5 cups a day.

All of a sudden, Ranger was food obsessed. Started hovering his nose around counters, drooling while watching me eat and giving me the drama queen "I'm starving" eyes. I switched his food to a low calorie food so he could go back to 2 cups a day and it immediately stopped (even though the calorie count between the 1.5 cup of old food and the 2.5 cups of new food was the same).

That being said, you have to know your dog. Some are food hogs and some aren't. It was a big change in Ranger which is why I noticed but my brother's dog has always been food obsessed. He gets 3 cups a day in the summer and 4 in the winter...I can't imagine if he got cut down to 2 cups a day!

Definitely get your boy checked out for a medical reason and if it's not a medical issue than maybe giving him a snack between meals would help bypass the crazy hungry attitude. Sardines, an egg, a stuffed kong...something like that.

"I just wanna laugh and love...I just wanna live it up!"

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-a...02252_6854.jpg
Member of the "Crazy 4 Collars Clique"

Want to see the menu of a raw fed dog? Check out my blog!
Ranger is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 07:28 PM
Member
 
caligal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ontario, Calif.
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 38
Thanked 34 Times in 25 Posts
I think you need to feed him a little bit more. He is only getting about 1220 calories/ day with your current food. The feeding guidelines on the bag are suggested for the average dog. Yours seems slightly more active than the average. My 80 lb Golden gets 1800 calories/ day and he is very active. His food has 360kcal/cup, so he gets 5 cups a day.

Still a good idea to have his thyroid checked to be sure.

caligal is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome