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I have a beagle/boxer mix and she weighs right at 30-31lbs. She is perfect at that weight and stays there easily. She has always eaten the lower end of the feeding range for her weight. We had been feeding her Pedigree Weight Maintenance or Beneful Weight Management, mainly because she wasn't really active and we didn't know better about the food. She is more active now, but she is a house dog, so still not highly active, she is about 10 years old and has always had good energy and such. We learned about the better foods and switched her to Chicken Soup after quite a bit of research (we were torn between that and TOTW in the yellow bag) and decided that we would try the Chicken Soup because it was much better than we were feeding her and cheaper than the TOTW, which appeared to only be marginally better. Today was her first day and she only ate half of her serving and we fed her the lowest serving for her weight, from what I understand on the bag. She ate right about 1 cup of food. Is this a sign she doesn't like it? Does she really only need that much of this food because it is so much better? For comparision, she was eating 2 coups a day of the Beneful or Pedigree and she ate 1 cup of this. Thanks!
 

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Hello! :smile:

Yes, it is possible that since she is eating a much, much better food that she will eat less than before. When feeding a better food that isn't full of so many usless ingredients (fillers/grains/etc) the dog will require less. She would probably even eat less of the TOTW since it is a grain free food. :wink:

ETA: How did you switch her over? Slowly adding more of the new food each day over a weeks time?
Thank you! And....um....no. :redface: We didn't know much about this until we were at the bottom of her bag of food and did a quick (but I think pretty thorough) research and bought the new food. She has never had tummy upsets before from fast switches My husband had her before we were married and had always just gone ahead and switched her with no adjustment and it has never upset her belly or anything. Since the Chicken Soup is not grain free, we figure she will be ok, but if we see signs of her needing more adjustment in the next 2 days or so, we will buy a bit and m ix it for a week or 2. She liked it I think, we were both just astounded by how much less she ate! Does that sound like enough for a 30-31lb dog? 1 cup? If so, that makes me happy, because that makes the food cheaper than it seemed!
 

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Ok, so she ahd really loose stool this AM. She isn't have diarrhea per se (like she isn't going in the house, was able to go all night without going out, etc.) it was just really loose. How bad is this for her? Are we ok to just wait it out? is this just a good clean out from the crap food? Do we need to go back and mix it? She eats in 2 hours, so hoping for an answer before then. :tongue:
 

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So, she should still be getting 1.8-2 coups a day. We are going to give her 2 cups and see how mcuh she eats and then adjust from there. She looks thinner to me today already. :frown:
 
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