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Does my dog look underweight?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Jakr, Jul 4, 2017.


  1. Jakr

    Jakr Instagram @susiethestaffy

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    Shes currently 21 weeks and 13kgs

    I've seen many posts online about feeding dogs the guidelines on the back of dog kibble that if we went by that then dogs would be obese. I feed her 280g a day. I divide that into three meals. I think she looks a bit skinny at the back so I think I'm just going to go by the guidelines. She's always hungry too, but the again she is a staffy. What do you think?
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  2. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    I can't see the picture I'm afraid.

    13kgs at 21 weeks old doesn't sound underweight, but body condition is the best indicator.

    Our 2 year old Staffy girl weighs just over 17kgs and she is tall for her Breed.
     
  3. Jakr

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  4. ShibaPup

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    Lily my Staff mutt is 15kg - she's 4-5 months old, she might be a tad fat though :oops:

    Here is a body condition score table - best to keep pups lean rather than fat.
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  5. Jakr

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    Okay thanks. Guess I need to up her food a little.
     
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    Just going off that photo, I personally would like a little more "padding" on a 5 month old Staffy... shots from above & properly from the side would make things a bit easier.
     
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    Judging from the photo, I would say she is a little on the thin side.

    Given that she's still growing, 280g a day doesn't seem enough.

    How much exercise is she having?
     
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  8. Jakr

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    Two walks a day 30 mins. Just going to go by the guidelines from the bag from now. Thanks.
     
  9. Rafa

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    Well, that's fine.

    I would increase her daily allowance to 350g and see how she does.
     
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  10. Jakr

    Jakr Instagram @susiethestaffy

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    Will do.

    There's a picture from above.
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  11. SixStar

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    Personally I think she looks fine.
     
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    Pleasingly slim in my view. You see so many plump Staffies, people often think they should all look round.
     
  13. Jamesgoeswalkies

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    I like more covering on a puppy. At 5 months of age your puppy is still growing at a rate of knots and they need all the fuel you can give them for a healthy body and brain. Unless the breed is known for showing ribs (ie; a whippet) then my rule of thumb is I should be able to feel ribs, not see them. I like my puppies to have a covering until they are old enough to be able to build muscle ....

    If we are talking an adult dog then a good tuck and ribs when running is good....but we are talking puppy so in my opinion add a spoonful or two

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