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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by McKenzie, Mar 31, 2017.


  1. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Elliot's 9.5 months old now, and he's on Acana Pork and Butternut Squash because that's what Kenzie's on. Most days he eats well over the recommended amount for 'active' dogs, yet he's still suitably lean. He is very active so maybe he just needs more food, but equally it has me wondering if he'd be better on a different food.

    Worm treatment is up to date.

    Opinions?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. labradrk

    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    It's age, most of mine looked like tin ribs at that age.....
     
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  3. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Oh good to know. He ate like a small bird for the first 7 months and survived mainly on fresh air, but he's now eating like a horse! I don't know where he puts it all...
     
  4. labradrk

    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    Give it a few months and he'll start to fill out.

    I got bored with the comments about Juno, as if there is an expectation that young dogs should be these fat roly poly things. Err, no.....

    I thought she'd be a skinny midget for ages, then overnight she just got big. And then I wanted her to stop growing lol
     
  5. Sairy

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    I had the same with Holly - people used to always comment on how skinny she was, but now she's starting to fill out.
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    Yep. Mainly from owners of morbidly obese GSD's. One who frequently reminded me that hers "weighed 5 stone at 5 months", as if have the fattest dog is a badge of honour.
     
  7. Sairy

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    Eek! I've always thought I'd rather her be a little on the skinny side whilst her bones are developing than be overweight. She's always been active, happy and healthy and getting a decent diet so that's good enough for me.
     
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  8. McKenzie

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    I love Elliot's form, he's so athletic, although you can only really see it when he's wet!
     
  9. Bigdogswinmyheart

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    I am forever trying to balance Matilda's food so she stays lean.. She's over 11 stones (vets booked for next week for up to date weight). She's raw fed, But it's very much a day to day thing so she doesn't start putting the weight on (she was a little overweight when we got her at 10 months (She weighed 8.5 stones), and at 19months is still very much still growing into paws and skin (much to the amusement of the vet that has a giggle every time she meets her lol). Slimmer but heavier, and just as cuddly!
    Pic at 10 months and last month 14324601_1799553090290308_4780380718197317916_o(1).jpg 17015422_1880025722243044_472490146_o.jpg
     
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    Holly looks like she should be on an advert for Dog's Trust as a cruelty case when she's wet! This picture was when she was a baby, but she still has the same look when she's a soggy doggy.

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  11. Bigdogswinmyheart

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    What a little stunner :)
     
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    Thankyou :)
     
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  13. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Youngsters go through a gangly phase so don't panic ;)
    Growing pups need a lot more food than a fully grown dog (relative to size)
    For example Burns mini bites is for puppies and adult small dogs - the feeding recommendations are much higher for puppies :)
    I'm sure the food you are giving him is absolutely fine :)
     
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    It's his age they all have that stage he will fill out eventually to his adult weight :)
     
  15. shadowmare

    shadowmare The dog doesn't bite, me on the other hand...

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    If you say that he's "suitably lean" and that you like his athletic form then why would you want to change anything? I'd understand if he actually looked too skinny and in an unhealthy way, but if everything is fine, then there is no need to change anything?
     
  16. McKenzie

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    Just to clarify, I don't have a problem with his weight/size, it's just that he eats so much more than the recommended amount.
     
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    That doesn't matter.

    If he's lean, then he isn't eating too much.

    In the first nine months or so, pups are putting everything into growing - upwards, that is, and often look lean, in spite of ample food.

    Once fully grown, they will begin to gain weight and it's then you may need to decrease rations.
     
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    So does Ned.

    He's two now and still on three, sometimes four, meals a day.

    Cant feed him too much volume in one go as it just goes through him.

    If he is getting too skinny i have to cut his walks right back, much to his disgust.

    I do also put his Ruffwear harness on him too to hide his prominent spine when he has dropped a bit too much too.
     
  19. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    That's fine then :) I was just wondering if, given the amount he's eating, he would be better on a different food, that's all.
     
  20. wee man

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    I would not suggest that you change food. Acana is one of the best dried kibbles, you obviously have no loose poo's or tummy problems. Don't upset this!
    Our dogs do not have to carry weight to be healthy, in fact a lean dog is much happier and active.
    Puppies can go through a lean stage, this is quiet normal.
    What breed is "Elliot" ?
     
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