Recently, the jeevdawg has been experiencing a marked increase in his appetite. He’s a 3.5 year old terrier/ lab mix, weight about 40-50 lbs. We used to feed him about 2 cups of Iams dry adult dog food per day. For almost as long as I’ve known him, he would eat this food grudgingly. We would even spike it sometimes with a little beef broth or something to stimulate his appetite. He was also allowed to occasionally clean off our dinner plates after we were done eating. (Both of these last two things probably make us criminally negligent dog owners in the eyes of some people here on the Board, so to avoid a hijack, don’t jump on the wife and I to condemn us as bad people who shouldn’t have a dog. That’s not the point of this thread.) He started gaining some weight, so we decided to cut off the plate feedings and the food spiking to see if that would change his diet.
We boarded him for two weeks recently while we were on our honeymoon, and packaged up enough food rations for him to eat while we were gone.
After we came back, he began exhibiting a markedly increased appetite. Where before he was indifferent to his kibble, he was now attacking it ravenously. He also has taken to pushing his feeder around to signal that he’s still hungry. It’s an obnoxious habit that we’re trying to discourage, but it’s not clear where this increased appetite is coming from. His activity level has not increased markedly, though he probably was getting more playtime while being boarded, as it was an in-home facility where the dogs basically live as family pets.
I wondered if maybe he had something kicking around in his digestive system, but his bowel movements and urination don’t appear to be unusual in any way. The only thing which is different appears to be his playing with other dogs. He used to be a fairly active player in his dog park, but lately has been less interested in playing with other dogs.
Before I call the vet, I was just curious if anyone had ever seen something similar in their dogs, and if it was something to be concerned about. I don’t think we’re starving the boy, but he certainly seems to act like we are, and I didn’t think we were giving him so much extra human food that it would constitute the equivalent of a full cup of kibble.
Any insights would be appreciated.