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Our golden, Archie has become disinterested in eating. He currently weighs 64 pounds. He was 55.88 on 7/27.
He has always been a quiet dog during the day, going for a walk in the morning, sleeping most of the day, mid day pee/poo walk, then sleeping again. Gets his energy up around 4:30-5 and then his witching hours between 6:30-8:00.
He takes his longest, vigorous walk at night combined with training and zoomies. He does eat/want treats.
We have tried to feed him all different ways. He has had supplements since he was a pup. We have tried food without supplements, with gravy, with cheese. But we don't want to make this a habit and I feel that an 8 month old golden should be interested in eating. The only things that were different around the time he started this habit was that he went to a dog beach and swam in the Delaware Bay and I put his heartworm tablet in his food (he hates this tablet) - he did not eat his food with the tablet in it.
I do have an upcoming vet appointment for this Saturday. Any thoughts?
 

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By not interested do you mean not eating, or just eating less? What food are you feeding? I have found that the more you add to the kibble the harder it is to get them to just eat the kibble alone. With that being said most Golden's will eat. I have a very picky guy that I will sometimes choose to not eat in the morning in which case I pick up his food and feed him again that night. If he didn't eat that night I would worry.

I don't put heart worm tablets in the food and my guys normally like theirs. What type of heart worm preventative are you giving?

Their has been a lot of bacteria growth in the waterways in Delaware and Maryland this year. They had advisories for several of the rivers in Maryland and we have all been having to treat the ponds that we train in. Rehoboth Beach in Delaware had an advisory a few weeks ago as well. How long ago did he swim and how long has he not been wanting to eat?

Is he being picky or not eating?
 

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8 to 9 months is when they stop growing as fast, and don't need as many calories. Some will self regulate and eat less. How much food are you giving him? I would probably cut back the total cups per day a little and I bet he will eat all you give him.
 

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By not interested do you mean not eating, or just eating less? What food are you feeding? I have found that the more you add to the kibble the harder it is to get them to just eat the kibble alone. With that being said most Golden's will eat. I have a very picky guy that I will sometimes choose to not eat in the morning in which case I pick up his food and feed him again that night. If he didn't eat that night I would worry.

I don't put heart worm tablets in the food and my guys normally like theirs. What type of heart worm preventative are you giving?

Their has been a lot of bacteria growth in the waterways in Delaware and Maryland this year. They had advisories for several of the rivers in Maryland and we have all been having to treat the ponds that we train in. Rehoboth Beach in Delaware had an advisory a few weeks ago as well. How long ago did he swim and how long has he not been wanting to eat?

Is he being picky or not eating?

It was the cape may beach and it was about a week ago. He's not being picky in my opinion. He just doesn't seem interested in the food. We feed him Royal Canin dog for golden puppies as recommended by his breeder until he is 18 months old. He wouldn't eat the heart worm tablet outright so I thought instead of trying to "shove" down his throat I would try to disguise it. Will give it to him ourselves next month.
 

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He gets two cups in the morning and two cups at night. We never increased to the amount that was suggested on the bag. He eats Royal Canin for golden retriever puppies.
 

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He gets two cups in the morning and two cups at night. We never increased to the amount that was suggested on the bag. He eats Royal Canin for golden retriever puppies.
Personally I think 4 cups a day is almost twice what he needs at his age. At about 9 months my puppy was eating 3 cups a day, and now she's 18 months old and get 2.5 cups total per day.
 

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He gets two cups in the morning and two cups at night. We never increased to the amount that was suggested on the bag. He eats Royal Canin for golden retriever puppies.
Oh yes, you're over feeding him. If you're training with treats, I'd cut him back to a cup in the morning a cup at night and monitor him closely to see how his weight does. If he needs more, bump it up by a quarter cup. Pop in for a weight check at your vet ( you shouldn't need an apt) and at the next apt discuss with the vet that you'd like to keep your pup at a lean weight. He will be a healthier dog if you keep a close eye on his weight throughout his life. Take a photo of him looking down on him when he's wet, you should be able to see a waist line.
 
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