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Ellie hs lost some weight
Ellie, now 11 mos old, has lost about 6 or 7 oz in the last two months although she's been on the same food regimen.
I have noticed a slight decrease in energy and bounciness and the dogwalker noted the same change over the last several weeks.
Vet says this happens in the summer because they are more active and at the same time they perspire more.
I increased her food by about 8% in calories and she has more energy and also doesn't lurk around the kitchen with the same intensity.
Although I certainly don't want her to get fat (a spayed female puppy), she is still a puppy and I don't want to have her undernourished in any way.
She has been eating 4 NV raw patties 260 calories, and 1/8 cup of Innova puppy dry food (about 40 calories), plus a squirt of essential oils. I am now moving to Evo Small Bites since we ran out of the Innova, but the quantity and calorie cound will stay the same.
When I do the chart on the NV site, it appears she should have about 50 calories more food. But it is hard to know how to classify her activity level. Now, in the summer, she is walked about 1 1/2 hours per day and several days a week she is in a dog run for part of that time. There are usually one or two days a week when she is out for only a limited period of time. I am in NYC and therefore, there is no back yard for her to just run around in. But this activity level will decrease as soon as the cold and nasty weather arrives.
I can definitely feel her ribs and at this point, she is clearly not too fat.
Any suggestions as to how to optimize the situation? I certainly don't want to underfeed a puppy and yet, everyone has warned me to be careful about letting a spayed dog get fat.
What to do?
Last edited by louise; 08-15-2009 at 12:44 PM.