Weight - Healthy

by Shirley
(Bellville, TX)

I had a GP dumped last year in June on our property and she came up with the horses after 3 days. Been inside dog every since - too hot in Texas for outside in summer. I know she sheds, know she barks, love her dearly. Been having bouts with explosive pottys and some throwing up. This time went on for about 4-5 days. Has slowed to spurts now, but went ahead to vet and realized that weight had increased a lot since January this year when I boarded her at another vet. Of course, I'm hoping maybe the scales were wrong there.

She did come to us skinny and thin because they obviously had a litter and decided they didn't like what they saw. I did put a little weight on her and took her to be fixed.

Looking online for a healthy weight for a "guess" by vets of 3-5 year olds, fixed, inside dog.

Can you tell me what that would be so I know my next steps of feeding. Thank you

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Jun 10, 2018
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Diet
by: Donna

If you feed raw (species-appropriet diet), you feed 2-3% of their desired weight. So, if she should be 100 lbs, feed 2lbs (5-10% organ meat, 50% bone, 35 muscle meat.

You should be able to feel her ribs:
What you will see and feel if your dog is at a healthy weight:

Ribs: When running your hands along your dog's side you can easily feel the ribs while also feeling a small amount of fat covering them.
Base of Tail:When feeling the base of your dog's tail you notice a small layer of fat and it is smooth to the touch.
Spine:When running your hands along your dog's back you should be able to feel the spine and a small layer of muscle/fat covering it.
Waist: When looking at your dog from above you see a visible waist line just behind the ribs.
Abdominal Tuck: When looking at your dog from the side the area behind the ribs is visibly smaller than the chest.

A vet should be able to tell you what her weight should be. It depends on her height at the withers, and frame size.

If you think she is overweight, drop her meals to 1% of her desired body weight until she seems like a good weight (as per above). Readjust as required.

Jun 11, 2018
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Milo weight
by: Jeanette

Milo has a thing with his knees like ACL tear. So keeping his weight at what vet says is best for his frame is important. So , I try to avoid feeding him carbohydrate. And try to avoid feeding him fat. He is pyrenee, St. Bernard , white lab mix, mutt, lol. So , we do love him so. Much .We got him from a rescue shelter. We are his third family.

He loves foods that are low calorie like strawberries and tomatoes. he loves cooked green beans. Foods that are low calorie. My mom used to have diabetes so Ii learned about and try to keep him on low glycemic index diet. And it works really well. I don't like the idea of raw meat since it is so expensive . So his meat and organ meat goes in the crockpot and after cooling it , he loves it.

Milo is my daughters service dog , he tells her in advance of a seizure so she will lay down and not fall not hitting her head. He wears a vest and goes into stores. and taxis and such .

Milo learned by role model copying from our elder service dog how to detectand infiorm of seizures in advance , to be a service dog. He learned from the rescue shelter to be what I call polite in public and polite at home. I encouraged all of this.

Milo is the 5th service dog that my daughter has had be role model taught by an elder service dog. She is 30 Years old and all this began when she was a toddler.

Dog #1 Duke was a puppy he learned from a pair of dogs whom I dog sat. They were not service dogs at all. They observed daughter having seizures and began alerting in advance of seizures. Then they taught Duke by role model copying. .

Milo is the best dog ever we really love him .

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