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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Is my pup chubby?

My pup is 9 months old in 6 days. He is 28 inches to the shoulder top and he is 95 lbs. He has a yard to play in and we excercise as much as we can when I am off work. This is mainly about 3 hours of fetch a night.

Anyway, let me know if i need to ease up on the puppy chow.And should he still be on puppy chow or reg food.

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It's impossible to tell without pictures. A side view and a top view are good.
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My 15 month old male is about 27.5 at the shoulder and weighs 82lbs. I would absolutely get away from Puppy Chow, basically it's McDonald's for dogs. Try switching to a really good grain free. It may seem expensive, but you will save that money in vet bills later. We feed Instinct, Chicken. We also like Orejen, Acana and Taste of the Wild.
Without pics it's impossible to gauge whether your pup's weight.
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9 months is too young for most of the grain free formulas out there. I believe the only one thats ok is orijen LBP


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If that's a recent shot of your pup at the start of that, I have to say he looks a bit too heavy to me. Looking straight down at my dogs I like to see definition where the ribs stop. From the side I like to see a definite belly tuck. I also can feel my dogs last ribs and hip bones, not covered by a thick layer of fat I have to push on.

Look at this white GSD, see the 'dent' between the last rib and the dog's thigh? That's what I like to see, with the up tuck of the belly.



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My 15 month old male is about 27.5 at the shoulder and weighs 82lbs. I would absolutely get away from Puppy Chow, basically it's McDonald's for dogs. Try switching to a really good grain free. It may seem expensive, but you will save that money in vet bills later. We feed Instinct, Chicken. We also like Orejen, Acana and Taste of the Wild.
Without pics it's impossible to gauge whether your pup's weight.
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Agreed. But at that height your pup may be slightly chubby........ and maybe not.
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9 months is too young for most of the grain free formulas out there. I believe the only one thats ok is orijen LBP
Based on what information?
We switch ALL of ours to adult food around 5-6 months at the latest.
They don't NEED the grain at any age, so why would you say a young dog shouldn't eat the grain free foods?
We have raised at least 50 large breed dogs here in the last 20 years (about 15 Beaucerons and the rest GSDs) and have not had a single one get Hip or Elbow dysplasia. All have remained relatively trouble free until old age (over 12 or 13) and a few remained active duty K9s (that we raised, trained and sold to area units) until well past when most other dogs in those departments had retired. We have been active in dogs for longer than 20 years, but that is about the time we got very interested in diet and nutrition and changed how and what we fed.
Our vet, who is one of the few vets in the country with advanced degrees in nutritional science as well as holistic medicine along with her traditional veterinary degree, totally agrees with our feeding regimen and raises her own dogs in a pretty similar manner. Although she feeds more raw than we do(we feed raw once a week or so).
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How about we look at the dog and answer his question rather than get into the age old debate of grain free or not (BTW my dogs do well with some grain in their diet ) and instead watch the very start of the guys video (if that is the dog in question) and just comment on the dog's size.




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Its not about the grains, the problem is the calcium in the grain free kibbles. Its too high for a fast growing large breed pup, and can cause problems. If you ask the companies they will tell you to not feed to large breed pups.

In a raw diet, as long as its not premade raw, you are in complete control of the phosphorus to calcium ratio, so its not the same thing as the kibble at all.


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I agree with MRL.

He is not obese or anything but he could lose some weight

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