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I am currently sitting a German Shepard mix. He is 3 yrs old. He is active and was on the generic Fit N Trim dog food, but thanks to having a platlet disease he is on medicine that is giving him the runs and has dropped to 40lbs (was 50lbs) the vet wants him to be 45lbs. His owners normally fill a 4 quart pot for him daily (which he finishes) and then he hunts other food- mostly from the cats or the trash.
The vet told me no more than 5 cups a day, plus treats with his meds. Since he has been here he has gotten into the trash, torn apart my cat feeders to eat the food and has snuck food from the stove. Yes he has jumped up and removed frying pans to get at what I am cooking.
I have switched him to a higher protein dog food, given him homemade chicken soup, meat drippings and healthier dog treats. And the toddlers here have given him their share of sandwich crusts, cheerioes and apple slices. And he still snags food from the stove, the table, the cats ad the trash.
I've had a large dog for years and I am used to larger appetites, but not this bottomless pit.
So today he has had (that I know of) 5 cups of dry dog food, three meatballs (with his meds), the crusts from two sandwiches, 8 dog bisketss, one whole apple, 1 child's serving of baked ziti (took the plate off of the table before the kids even got to the table) 1 8lb rump roast (was being defrosted in the sink in a pot), 4 cups of dry cat food (caught him eating from the cat feeders) 2 handfuls of popcorn, and about 1/2 a box of 32oz rice crispies (caught him in the pantry).
The owners just shrug this off saying he does this and worse all of the time. He even opens their fridge to rummage. The vet told me to lock my pantry and put the cat food up out of his reach. I have it on the top of a 5 foot book shelf and have found him trying to climb it to get at the food.
If I increase the dog food (and protein) he still rummages/hunts. I cannot watch him every second, he has abandonment issues and will whine up to 30 minutes if he is outside by himself in the yard (1/2 acre, fenced on a 15 ft lead) and then he starts to dig trenches.
So my question for all of those who have this breed (German Shepard with lab?) is this normal behavior? How much should a 45 lb dog eat? (my last dog was 150lbs of muscle- a Pit- Mastiff mix so I really have no idea).
I am watching him for a friend because the owners live in a row home with no yard, he has no socialization with other dogs (they have 7 cats) and no car and I am closer to the vet he needs to go to for his condition. I have had him for two weeks and the 30lb bag of food they gave me is gone and they have not been able to give me cash for more....so this is all coming out of my pocket.....I love animals and I think I want another dog (mine passed in February at 14 years old), but if this is normal I can't afford him....
So is this just bad behavior, or does he have a fast metabolism or is this normal?
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