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I just bought a baby scale so I could keep a closer watch on the weight of all three of mine, without having to depend on taking them to the vet. (half an hour away)

Oops! I'm not the ONLY one who gained a bit over the holidays! Diets for EVERYONE!


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Nino will gladly accept any extra weight your dogs have. He is 9.75", smack dab in the middle of the ideal height range, and still hovering right around 7.5-8 lbs. Oy vey.

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Nino will gladly accept any extra weight your dogs have. He is 9.75", smack dab in the middle of the ideal height range, and still hovering right around 7.5-8 lbs. Oy vey.
Pixel is my smallest, and she's very close to her ideal weight (which tends to be about 9.5 lbs. Sh'e only a few oz. above that. Kodi was too thin in the fall so I increased his food... I guess I did too well. Panda has stopped growing, so I probably should have decreased her food a bit. None of the are WAY over weight... Kodi about a lb, Panda about half a pound I think... Pixel even less. But it's nice to be able to track it more closely now.
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so true Karen , dogs tend to follow humans in this area. APOP has been very active in promoting dog health when it comes to weight mgmt. More than half of dogs are overweight. Catherrine Lane has a good article on losing weight for dogs here Reducing your pudgy pooch - The Possible Canine
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so true Karen , dogs tend to follow humans in this area. APOP has been very active in promoting dog health when it comes to weight mgmt. More than half of dogs are overweight. Catherrine Lane has a good article on losing weight for dogs here Reducing your pudgy pooch - The Possible Canine
Yeah, I'm pretty good about staying on top of mine. They are never what could be considered "overweight". In fact, when I took Pixel in for her one year Rabies booster, I didn't care which vet I saw, so it wasn't "our" vet. That vet mentioned that Pixel was under weight, and I should try to get some weight on her. The next time we were in for Chiro, I had my regular (sports) vet feel her, and asked her opinion. She looked a little sheepish and said that in her opinion, the other vet's dogs were too fat! She said Pixel was just fine.

Because mine all work, I like to keep them on the leaner side... About a "4" on this weight scale: https://oregonvma.org/files/Purina-D...tion-Chart.pdf

... Right now, I'd judge Kodi close to a 6. You can still feel his ribs and he still has a tuck-up, but there's too much padding over his ribs. In the fall, though, I thought he was dropping a bit lower than a 4. I don't like to be able to CLEARLY feel his spine. It's just that such SMALL adjustments in food in our little dogs can make BIG changes if you don't keep an eye on it. That's exactly why I wanted the scale.


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yeah a scale helps for sure. The thing with 12 lb. dogs is that 2 lbs. extra is quite a bit. "Eating less results in longer lives, a 14-year CU dog-diet study confirms
From the “Cornell Chronicle”, December 12, 2002 - By Lissa Harris
Seventy years after a classic Cornell nutritional
study showed that cutting rations dramatically
prolongs rats' lives, nutrition scientists have come
up with even more evidence of the benefit of
slender diets: A recently completed 14-year
study found that dogs forced to eat 25
percent less than their littermates of the same
balanced diet lived significantly longer and
suffered fewer canine diseases."
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What took you so long LOL I have a dog scale, I got as a gift. Probably one of the best gifts ever!!
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OMG. I have been gone a long time! Karen, when did you get a 3rd?!!!!





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Emmie is probably a 3-4 on the scale and currently weighs 8.2 lbs. I like to keep her on the slim side because when she's heavier I notice her having a hard time jumping up on the couch, plus I want her to live as long as possible. There are 2 vet offices near the grocery store and drugstore I frequent which let me use the scales in their lobbies even though she's not a patient of theirs; this is a convenient way for me to keep track of her weight. People sometimes tell me she's too skinny but my vet is fine with her weight; however, he thinks less than 8 lbs would be too thin for her. In early Nov she stayed with a friend for 10 days while I traveled on business and when I returned home she was a bit heavier. So I reduced her treats and when we spent time in So Cal over the holidays she got a ton of exercise and is now back to her optimal weight.
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Well, I hold Whimsy and weigh the two of us together, and then I put her down and weigh myself and then do the subtraction. LOL. She always weighs about the same and is about a '4' on the chart.
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