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Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby RhysMom » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:07 pm

OK, so I switched Rhys to Taste Of The Wild kibble about a month and a half ago. His coat looks wonderful, he isn't chewing himself as much and he's put on muscle. However he is getting 3-3.5 cups a day (which according to their chart on the bag is a pretty good amount for his weight, only 53 lbs) and is not gaining any weight. The new vet we switched to (he hates the old one and started growling at him, which is totally unlike Rhys) said he could use maybe 2-3 more pounds. He is getting a lot of exercise though (we walk/jog for about 1-2 hours a day total, split up in 2-3 walks) and a couple times a week I let him run on the WalkyDog. He also has a run line that I put him on to play fetch and spend time sunning ourselves outside :-p

Is it unreasonable to bump him up to 4 cups/day?
He is getting Benadryl for allergies, and Majesty's Buddy Bites as a joint supplement for prevention.
He doesn't have worms (vet tested him) or anything, and I am training him so he gets a lot of little treats a day.
Any suggestions on food/supplements?

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:15 pm

He's getting enough exercise that I'd bump him up to 4 cups...

Also, post photos... some dogs are meant to be leaner than others, and there's so many fat dogs in the world, even vets don't always have the same idea of ideal as others.

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:17 pm

I don't have any suggestions but your boy is beautiful :)

Some people think Obi is too skinny but my vets think he looks great lean...better in the long run for his joints!!

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby RhysMom » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:46 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:He's getting enough exercise that I'd bump him up to 4 cups...

Also, post photos... some dogs are meant to be leaner than others, and there's so many fat dogs in the world, even vets don't always have the same idea of ideal as others.


Duh, lol. Of course photos... sorry, ive been out of it today.
Well, he's hard to get far enough away from to get a body shot, lol, but here you go.
I personally think he looks good, especially considering he gets the exercise he does. Possibly could use a little weight, but I wouldn't think too much.

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby RhysMom » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:48 pm

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:I don't have any suggestions but your boy is beautiful :)

Some people think Obi is too skinny but my vets think he looks great lean...better in the long run for his joints!!


Allison, thanks! Is that Obi in your avatar? He's gorgeous!

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby BrokenAquarian » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:15 pm

He looks good. He's not skinny - most vets think a fit dog is underweight and think that an overweight dog is fit, when it's not. :)

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby Libby » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:18 pm

I think he looks great!

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:27 pm

RhysMom wrote:
AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:I don't have any suggestions but your boy is beautiful :)

Some people think Obi is too skinny but my vets think he looks great lean...better in the long run for his joints!!


Allison, thanks! Is that Obi in your avatar? He's gorgeous!


Nope, that's Buddy-Girl. With all her joint issues, I absolutely keep her lean too!!

This is Obi :)
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And for the record, I think your boy looks great!! Look at that muscle tone!! :inlove:

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby WackyJacki » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:30 pm

He doesn't look at all too skinny to me.

Both of my girls are a bit skinner then that but are plenty muscular.

Many vets see fit, muscular dogs as too skinny. I think they are just warped by all the fatties they see lol

Thinner dogs live longer, healthier lives. :thumbsup:

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:27 pm

He looks perfect, I wouldn't put any weight on him at all...

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby shelboriah » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:33 pm

he looks good- i don't see any ribs. better a little too thin than too fat!

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby bullheaded » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:02 pm

I can't see the pictures at school, but I would prefer a leaner dog than a heavy one. My vet always tells me he would rather them a little lean than a little over weight. I would think if you are doing enough exercise to warrent increasing the food you can try it. If he starts gaining too much, cut him back again. I have started biking with my guys so my one female got hers increased because she drops weight super quick.

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby RhysMom » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:33 pm

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:
RhysMom wrote:
AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:I don't have any suggestions but your boy is beautiful :)

Some people think Obi is too skinny but my vets think he looks great lean...better in the long run for his joints!!


Allison, thanks! Is that Obi in your avatar? He's gorgeous!


Nope, that's Buddy-Girl. With all her joint issues, I absolutely keep her lean too!!

This is Obi :)
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And for the record, I think your boy looks great!! Look at that muscle tone!! :inlove:


Obi is handsome! Part boxer, right?


Thanks everyone for your input! I also think he looks like a healthy, fit dog. I will bump him up a little bit and see how he does, as he does seem to drop weight quickly when I get him out a lot and we have some nice days ahead of us!

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:08 pm

Part boxer, mostly pain in the ass lol

Thank you :) I spend most of my life trying to tire him out. He dropped alot of weight after we started frequenting dog parks from all the insane running around playing but after he got beat up by a golden retriever (I know...how macho) he put the weight back on. (About 3lbs off/on)

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Re: Feeding a lot of food... still skinny

Postby tiva » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:47 pm

He looks great to me! Actually, he looks a lot like my Vanya, and the vet said Vanya could stand to lose 2-3 lbs (my vet likes her dogs very lean to reduce arthritis, joint problems, etc etc. All of Vanya's ribs show, but according to the vet, that's good.)


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