"Why are you starving your dog"?
So I've been asked this question or variations of this question on more than one occasion while out walking Penny... Penny seems to be overly thin... You can see her hip bones and when she is panting hard or takes a deep breath while she is laying on her side you can easily see all of her ribs. You can also feel her spine without a problem, and you can see and feel her shoulder blades as well. She does not have worms and HAS been tested to see if she does have them but she doesn't.
Penny gets anywhere between 2 - 3 hours of exercise a day, and she has been eating about 2 cups of food a day... I have tried to give her more food but she wont eat it, 2 cups at night and that's it she wont eat during the day unless its treats (she gets a fair amount of treats about 3 cookie treats and 6 "soft" treats broken up and used as training treats a day) and I have tried even not given her treats and she still wont eat during the day.
Diesel (my last shepherd) was thin, but you could never see her ribs or her hip bones or feel her spine or anything like that... Penny is 10 months now and it has seemed like the older she has gotten the thinner she has gotten...
Will Penny fill out? Am I doing something wrong? I know GSD's are suppose to be thin but thin to the point where you can easily see their bones? Im just sick of people telling me that I must not be feeding my dog but... "you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink" same goes for dogs you can put the food in front of them but you cant make'em eat it! Any suggestions to get her to gain a little weight, not too much just enough to make it look like she is not being starved?
Penny - GSD - 11/11/2012
Diesel - GSD - 03/15/2010 - 11/05/2012