|08-22-2013 12:43 AM|
|skier16||my 6.5 month old eats 5.5 cups a day of fromm lbp and she is still very skinny and small at only 45 lbs. perfect poo though. high metabolism + multiple hours at the dog park daily keeps her lean. i think 2 cups is not enough but each dog is different.|
|08-22-2013 12:11 AM|
Mine doesn't care to eat all that much either. She was getting about 3 cups on average a day. She is pretty darn thin..
For about 1.5 weeks now I been making sure she eats. Even if it means boiling chicken and rice and mixing that in with her kibble. She now has been eating 5 cups of kibble and 1 cup of chicken/rice a day. Until she gains more weight. Yesterday was the only day she didn't eat that much, probably because of the heat? But I don't force her, i just have her in an undistracted part of the house, with fresh cold water, and she has at it for the most part after exercise.
So maybe try adding wet food or something yummy to the kibble?
I am a huge worry-wort, so i will be getting blood work done to be sure its nothing i should be concerned about like EPI,etc.. (Even though she had blood work done before her surgery and it all was normal otherwise they would have said something)
Perhaps getting blood work for Penny could be another idea? just to rule out possible medical problems.
|08-21-2013 11:10 PM|
|FirstTimeGSD||My dog looks/feels pretty much exactly how you described and three different vets that have seen him (for shots and routine checkups, not weight issues) have raved over his figure. It's hard running my hand down his back and feeling his spine and thinking that's normal but I'm starting to accept it...|
|08-21-2013 10:03 PM|
|mandiah89||And I dont want her to gain to much weight just enough to make her not look so much like a skeleton lol.. She has tons of energy on top of our 2+ hours of walking a day we also play with her flirt pole about 30 mins a day or more and has doggy playdates with the few dogs she has been playing with since she was a young pup 3 - 5 times a week, and we go on a few outings a month (hiking, beach, days out at fairs/festivals ect) so we are very active together, and she has very muscular legs/chest ect. Like today I tried to give her breakfast with yogurt and she ate a little bit then left it so I threw it out, and tonight she only ate half of her 2 cups, she did have 2 milk bones today and 2 pieces of bacon type stuff for training treats but she didn't much today but other days she eats her 2 cups no problem I dont know if maybe she just doesnt like her food? Is picky or she is just a dog that doesnt eat much|
|08-21-2013 09:56 PM|
|mandiah89||She is on Go! Sensitivity + Shine Salmon (she also gets the duck formula and the turkey and trout) which is 427 kcal/cup|
|08-21-2013 08:58 PM|
I completely agree with Marbury.
I keep my dog very thin because of his age and activity level (competes in agility). You can easily feel his bones, and see his hip bones and last rib. Most people think he looks great, more importantly my vet thinks he looks great. Some people comment that he is skinny and I just tell them that he competes in agility and needs to be very fit because of his size.
If you think that your dog is too skinny you could look to a higher calorie food as Jax suggested. That way she gets more calories and doesn't have to eat more.
|08-21-2013 08:47 PM|
|Loneforce||Definitely listen to what Doggiedad recommends. From me reading on what he has told others, Jonas eats great now and is filling out nicely.|
|08-21-2013 08:37 PM|
|Jax08||How about looking for a higher calorie food?|
|08-21-2013 08:32 PM|
|doggiedad||what are you feeding her?|
|08-21-2013 05:57 PM|
All mine are like that growing up, but they eat 4-5 cups a day (or more!). We're active, they're active, and they're healthy. It's just the way they grow. Mine often grow up (bony, skeletal) and then bulk out (and look normal!).
Don't be fooled by the dogs on TV, a healthy active dog should show rib when expanding their chest. They should have a defined waist and you should feel solid muscle when you pet them, not wobbly fat. Most folks keep their dogs a bit overweight because they think seeing ribs is bad; it's not! Don't worry!
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