Is your dog eating more?

9/28/2009:

There is some evidence out there that some animals have a sense of predicting when dangerous weather or climatological conditions are imminent. However, other than certain immediate situations, I couldn’t really find out whether they have any kind of long-term capabilities.

Oscar says “brutal winter”

dogs-predict-heavy-winter-season-in-northeast-2009The reason I bring this up, and have been asking other dog owners the same question – is that for the first time in what will be three winters, the Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar is eating like he’s never eaten before.

His diet has remained consistent, and normally he picks at his food slowly throughout the day. But the last couple weeks he’s finishing his food faster, and actually eating more each day.

So my un-scientific determination is that since Oscar “beefing up,” he’s preparing for a colder than average winter season, and I think he told me we were in for some kind of big blizzard before it’s all said and done.

Have you noticed a dietary change in your dog?

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16 Comments on "Is your dog eating more?"

mooshu
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mooshu

Bon appetit, Oscar!

(Hope this isn’t a medical issue :(, though. Hope it’s just you keeping the fabulous self together.)

uptown girl
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While there may be something to this animal instinct to beef up for the winter, voracious eating may indicate a medical problem. A few Septembers ago, my dog could not eat enough, it turned out he had an intestinal parasite. Apparently, one that Sentinel did not work on. His appetitie was really the only indication that there was anything wrong. A fecal exam is all that is needed to rule a parasite out and a few pills take care of the problem, if there is one.

dav74id
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dav74id

My two dogs have been ravenous. Very funny observation.

Read earlier today that a weak El Nino this year will lead to a cold and snowy winter in the NE.

lhoward222
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lhoward222

My little girl dog Trinity has certainly been asking for and eating her meals more quickly than unusual. But, per Jeff’s advice, I don’t feed her any more than unusual.

Will be interesting to see if that behavior equates to bad weather as opposed to age/accustom to routine.

hobposer
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hobposer

I hear the snow at EAST LA is pretty good… haha

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