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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Pudgy puppy

So I am trying to figure out if my Cashy is getting a little too pudgy. He is 8 months and weighs 16 lbs. He is a stocky dog with thick bones and what feels like a thicker looser skin --He has always had this even when he was tiny. I can feel his ribs from underenath but not much from the side- but that is how he is - he is like a stuffed animal very ellastic and soft. Not like Jasper who is very taught.

He eats about 2/3rd of what the labels say he is supposed to be eating for his size and weight---He is recently on a kibble strike but eats 3 Natures Variety Medallions a day (he supposed to get 5) and at night eats about a 1/8 a cup of kibble too. But He is always getting double the treats because he steals them from Jasper.

Do any of you have stockier dogs and know what I mean about that soft loose skin? Can puppies be overweight?




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My vet told me to place my fingers on the dog's side to feel the ribs (and don't press down hard). He said you will always feel ribs from the underside but if you can't feel them when your fingers are pressed lightly on the side your dog is a bit overweight.) He did give us a drawing that they use in addition to the rib check. It shows the outline of what a normal weight dog should look like. It can be difficult to compare our dogs to a drawing when we have dogs with thick or long coats.

We've managed to take two pounds off of our Sedona. She's down to 17.4 lbs.

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Besides more excercise how did she lose the weight?
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Kara, yes he is one big Hav. His mom was 17 lbs and this breeder has been known to breed the occassional 20lb Hav. So the weight itself doesn't concern me. The vet didn't say anything a few weeks ago when he went in for his sprained ankle- but I didn't ask. I'm just trying ti figure if it is just his build or if he is stealing more Jaspers food than i know... Any time you want to fix up Gucci and Cash- i think he would go wild for little Gucci too. I




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This is how it was explained to me. I'm not good at explaining but I will try. If you put you hand into fist. Now if you run you fingers over your knuckles, that is what the ribs of an under weight dog feels. Now if you run your fingers over your fingers, that is a good weight. Now if you run your finger over the back of your hand that would be a over weight dog. Does this make sense?

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Debbie, that is a great description.. I will have to go feel Cash with that in mind. thanks.




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I like that description too of the knuckles as it makes sense! I haven't had to worry about Dora but my maltese has always been underweight and you can feel every bone in her body but maltese are more like that naturally. There aren't many overweight. Isabelle is just a ball of energy all the time. She has gained almost a half pound in the last year on seameal so we have accomplished a lot. She eats well but just burns everything up <sigh, I need to go on the Isabelle diet!>

My sister in law raises corgis and they often have weight problems. She has mixed green beans in with their food and puffed rice too. I don't have any experience yet with over weight dogs but I think it is a challenge!

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He is so young--- I really hope this doesn't become a problem. I have one I have to entice to eat and one that will eat anything (but kibble)

I think I am just going to cut back on treats and maybe and give him one less medallion. he sure feels like the top of my hand and not my fingers.




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I think Brady was a similar weight at that age. He stopped growing around then and he is now a little over 17 pounds. Some of our havs are just bigger than others. I can feel Brady's ribs and he looks good. When his hair gets long, I always worry that he is fat. But, after every haircut, I realize that he really is small. I would just keep an eye on him. Brady does eat the lower fat food. He doesn't care, he will eat anything (plus I add chicken so if must be good). This way, I don't worry about giving him treats which he gets all the time. My DH is a sucker for his begging face .


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When you hold your hand flat, and rub your other hand accross your knuckles that is how you should be able to feel your dogs ribs. When you close our hand and feel your knuckles, that is how your dogs ribs would feel when they are to to thin. And when you flip your had over and keep it open and try to feel your knuckles through your palm, that is when your dog is to fat. This is what I would tell people who came into the clinic, it was kinda a hands on, visual way to explain it to people. Another way to check weight, is check his waist. You whould be able to tell where he has a waist without looking for it. When his sides are straight without and indentation then he a pudgy. I hope this helps a little bit...
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