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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone! I have a quick question...how do you know if your hav is too thin? I'm at my Mom's for a visit and she says that Bowie is starving! My Mom's dogs have all been on the heavier side, so I'm not convinced. Bowie went to the vet for his rabies shot last month and the vet thought he was lean, but fine. If you remember he wasn't a great eater on his Orijen Adult Kibbles, so I switched to Primal Frozen Raw, 2 nuggets for breakfast and 2 nuggets for dinner...I remember that Pixel always surprises people with how light she is...please advise. Thanks SO much!

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From my limited knowledge, if you rub his ribs it should have a similar feel as rubbing the back of your hand. The nutritionist we saw gave Migo a 5/9 (ideal) and that's what his ribs feel like.

ETA. I said palm, meant back. I'm tired and ready for bed. :-P


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I think I would refer to my vet rather than an outside person. I agree that there are many pet owners who overfeed and have overweight pets so they may not be the best judge of things. My Molly was always a tiny little girl who did not have a great appetite. I was concerned at first that she had something wrong with her. My vet always said she was fine even though she only weighed about six pounds at a year old. I did change her food at about 18 months old and seemed to finally find something she really likes. She continued to put on a little weight over the next two years. She has topped off around 7.5 - 8 lbs.(depending on which scale she is weighed on) which I think is a good weight for her.



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More dogs have health problems due to being overweight than underweight, and the majority of American pet dogs are overweight.

I keep my dogs on the lean side, because they work hard, and it's better for their joints. They will ALL tell you they are starving. They are not.

The funny thing is that even some VETS like dogs with more meat on their bones. I watch the weight of my dogs closely, and my regular vet has always agreed with their weights. But when Panda needed her one year Rabies booster, since that was all it was, I took an appointment with a different vet in the practice because it fit my schedule better. She was very nice, but mentioned that she thought Panda was underweight. I was surprised! So when I had Kodi in for Chiro with my regular vet (who is a sports medicine doc) the next week, I brought Panda along too, just o have her feel her. I told her what the other vet said, she felt Panda, and thought she was perfect. She sheepishly told me that the other vet's dogs are really too chunky! LOL!


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Thanks! I talked with my mom this morning and she elaborated that it was just that she can feel Bowie's shoulders and vertebrae to the hip bones...I agree with the shoulders and hip bones. He weighed 9.5 pounds last time he was checked.

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Thanks! I talked with my mom this morning and she elaborated that it was just that she can feel Bowie's shoulders and vertebrae to the hip bones...I agree with the shoulders and hip bones. He weighed 9.5 pounds last time he was checked.
I don't like hip bones sticking out... that's a little TOO thin for my tastes, though it' probably still in the "healthy" range. But I think Bowie is still adolescent, isn't he? ALL of mine went through a skinny adolescent phase where they were a bit thinner than I wanted, even when I increased their food to the point that they wouldn't eat anymore. It happens with human kids who are very active too. They all have filled out in their second year, and are all lean, muscly dogs now.


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Nino is boney to the point that, were it not for the hair, we would probably get AC called on us. I have to give the disclaimer "We DO feed him" to people meeting him for the first time. Hip bones, vertebrae, and ribs are all palpable with a soft touch. After multiple vet appointments, though, we have been comforted. All levels, including thyroid, are normal. Nothing is wrong internally, and he has energy levels and muscle consistent with an active, healthy dog. He just has LOTS of energy without a ton of interest in food. Could he add a little more weight? Absolutely, but he is still a teenage male, and the health risks associated with being a little overweight are much more grave and lasting than those associated with being a little underweight. We make do with a 500 kcal/cup food.

Vets are often very quick to say a healthy dog is underweight, so if yours is saying he is okay, you are in the clear
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That's great news! Bowie is 14 months old and I'm thinking that he is a teenager now. So happy to hear that he's just in his awkward, growing up stage!

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I have a 12-month-old boy who is on the thin side. He is 9.25 inches tall and 12 pounds. I think his bones are cement. The only bones that are predominant are his ribs. I expect him to grow sideways soon, fill out as he matures.


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