ALWAYS HUNGRY

by Mary
(USA)

My coton Bill is 5 years old. He put on 5 lb extra weight and the vet told me to put him on a diet. He gets 1/4 cup twice daily and a biscuit morning and night. He has lost weight. But he is always begging for more food especially at night. He goes crazy!


He has to take an antacid pill in the morning as his stomach produces too much and his tummy gets upset easy so the vet gave me some ALBON to give him at times like that.
I have had to be gone a lot during the day at times and I wondered if he is stress eating. I am so tired we don't walk or play much. I feel awful about it. Any help is appreciated.

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Mar 15, 2017
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always hungry NEW
by: Anonymous

hello

My 2 year male is always hungry as well. The breeder told me he would be around 15 pounds when fully grown. NOT!!! Hes a whopping 25. He is a healthy dog with a big appetite. He has been on diet from vet but has not helped much. I think I must have picked out the big guy of the litter. Does anyone else have a bigger coton like mine?

Oct 07, 2016
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stomach issues that your coton has NEW
by: Anonymous

Our prior coton had vomiting issues for 8 years. They slowly got worse until he nearly died at age 8. My husband and I found out on our own by God's grace that he had celiac disease (he was allergic to gluten) which made him have upset stomach a lot and vomit. We started him on a homemade totally gluten free diet. That was when he was 8 years old and dying from the gluten in his food. He lived to be 15 years and 28 days old and died of something else.

You can try an all homemade totally gluten free diet. It takes some work but it worked for our dog and his health was never better than when he was eating our homemade gluten free food.

I think a lot of cotons have gluten allergy but the owners do not know it. I do not know how many times I see postings on this site about their coton and vomiting. I think that could be the problem. I think celiac disease (gluten intolerance/allergy) is a weakness in the breed. We have a new puppy now and we have started him on gluten free everything from the very beginning. We don't want to almost lose another dog from celiac disease. The vets are useless when it comes to that - they do not teach about celiac disease (gluten allergy) in vet school. Our own vet admitted that.

Aug 05, 2016
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ALWAYS HUNGRY NEW
by: Moonpie

Thank you for all the input! I do feel better now that Bill is not a Baby Huey! The green beans are a great suggestion and we have used with my daughter's Pugs with good results. But Bill has a super sensitive tummy. A milk bone cost us $350 at an emergency vet when he was 5 months old. He can have one kind of dog food, one brand of treats and dehydrated sweet potato chips and that is it. I can occasionally seek in a couple of frozen blueberries. Anything else and we go on a day or 2 vomiting spree. I want to exercise him more when my health straightens out but I am concerned that will make him more hungry.
When the vet told me she couldn't feel his ribs I told her she wasn't pressing hard enough! LOL He has lost but not sure how much.

Aug 03, 2016
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Always Hungry NEW
by: Carol - Vestal, NY

My Coton Pogo (like yours) is always looking for something to eat. He is quite obsessed with food and ALWAYS can eat more. I really have to watch how much I give him. He was 14.5 lbs and the vet told me to try and limit his food to 1/4 cup (2 times a day) and it worked. He lost 1/2 lb. and is down to 14. (I guess that's a lot for a dog)

If it were up to him he would eat whatever I put in front of him! I really don't think he would know when to stop. He got into my sons room and ate some cookies that were on his desk - then came down, looked at me suspiciously and burped like a little kid! I knew something was up!!! He's so sneaky.....

Aug 02, 2016
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Weight gain NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

I know u say a walk is hard but maybe even a 10 min total u could swing. Maybe even try starting to feed him a little latter in morning then the same later diff at night. May help Good luck.

Aug 02, 2016
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Weight gain NEW
by: Anonymous

HI. One of my girls is about 5 lbs. over weight,too. It seemed to come on during winter months. She was never overweight! I have been to the vets and had her thyroid checked. Also checked for cushings. Both were negative. I was told to watch and limit food. I don't believe she is eating too much. They don't get a lot of treats! And they are on a light grain free very good dry food. The other one of my girls is fine. I am still worried and don't know what to do! She had hurt her back last Sept. I took her to vets and she was on meds. It was after that she seemed to gain the weight!

Aug 02, 2016
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Doggie Diet NEW
by: Sherry & Cinderella

My Cinderella, is anything but the petite princess. She loves to eat. I assume it is her competitive nature since she has two toy poodle siblings as well. I haven't yet had to put her on a diet, but i don't think that will be far off.
I used to have a boxer that i did have to put on a diet. I added green beans to her bowl to help fill her up. Dogs generally love canned green beans and they have very few calories and will help to fill them up This was suggested by her veterinarian, and seemed to work. She loved them and still lost weight. It might be something to try. How big is Bill? 1/4 cup doesn't seem like much. I feed all three of mine 1 cup dry and add a 1/2 small flat "can" of wet food in the mornings only. I know my Coton eats more than 1/3rd, of course she is bigger than the poodles. 14 lbs. vs 8. Anyway, i thought the green beans or broccoli might be a good addition to fill him up but not add weight. Good luck!

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