Need help with Coton feeding difficulties
Luna is 6 months old and the most adorable dog ever. She just hit 8 pounds and is basically done growing, so she's on the small side. But we're having problems with feeding her. She loves food and will eat nearly anything, but it's more getting her on a schedule that's the problem.
We started off letting her graze, because that's what we had done with all our previous dogs, no problem. I switched her food from Iams to Halo because I wanted to avoid the by-products. She liked Halo better than Iams, but soon she started having problems with vomiting. She once vomited three times in one day, for which we immediately took her to the vet. He suggested feeding her 1/4 of a cup twice a day. We started that, and are currently in the process of switching her food once again since she threw up another time after we started the scheduled feedings.
Lately vomiting hasn't been an issue, but she's not completely switched over yet. We don't know if Halo didn't agree with her, or if she just overindulged. We also talked to the people at PetSmart and one of the foods they suggested, since we wanted something easily digestible, was Nature's Recipe. That's what we're currently switching to.
However, our main problem is that she acts very hungry. Like starving. I've fed her a little over the recommended 1/4 cup for the past few days and she still seems to not be getting enough. Whenever she eats, she'll continue to lick the bowl after her food is gone. She goes to her bowl to see if there's food in it several times a day, and seems almost dejected when there's nothing there.
Obviously, like humans, dogs have different appetites Is there anything we should do differently? Should we feed her more? Try a different food, see if it's more filling? But we've changed foods so often ... and the vet isn't really sure, because he's never dealt with this breed. Any suggestions? Please help. I love my dog to death, and I really want to do what's best for her and her health. THANK YOU!