[QUOTE=AngVi;3932818]She is a cutie...my girl is on the small side too. Similar on how she eats (13 months -55pds)
My girl had tummy problems when she was little. I switched to Taste of the Wild. No tummy issues, very soft coat...
My vet said she is fine and not to worry. She is going next week for her check up.
My boy is 9 months and 90 pds.
I free feed so they have as much as they want
, actually they never over eat.
Check with your vet, but she's probably fine just on the small side.
I am not criticizing here, just sharing some information.
If dogs eat many times per day, they have to "digest" many times per day which is not good for their system. When a dry kibble is served, whether it is a non-grain or grain kibble, the dog‘s digestive system has to extract water from its’ tissues in order for the food to move through the intestinal track. Years and years of moisture being extracted from the intestine system can lead to compromised conditions in some dogs AND 65% of disease begins in the gut! This is the reason it is best to always pour water over your dogs’ dry kibble.
Below are a few comments from the internet:
*"Even if your dog isn’t overweight, you should still reconsider free choice feeding.
A loss of appetite is one of the first signs of many illnesses. Sure, you’ll eventually notice when your dog has stopped eating entirely (or maybe not if you think someone else in the house is topping off the bowl), but by that point the disease may have progressed past a critical point. I can’t overemphasize how important early diagnosis is to successful treatment."
*"Feeding routines are the basic relationship builder. Whoever has control of the primary resource (food) is the master in the dog's eyes. Nearly every problem dog that I encounter is free-fed (owner puts food in bowl and food stays there until dog eats it, food sitting on floor all day long).
Good feeding routines are necessary for health reasons, too. The first sign of many dangerous health problems is that the dog loses his appetite. Another sign of major health problems are changes in bowel and urination tendencies. These things are impossible to observe in a dog that is free-fed. By the time you see other symptoms, the problem can be much more serious than if you had noticed it earlier (such as a bowel blockage, which can be quickly fatal)."
Hope this helps.
She is PRECIOUS, BTW