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Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:57 pm

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http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/2014/08/26/do-you-know-a-fat-dog-when-you-see-one/

Interesting!

Demps is definitely still pudgy, but not grossly overweight. Very difficult to keep his weight down when a certain man in the house keeps feeding him sneakily! laughing But he'll be back on his flirt poling again very soon. evil
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Chiara on Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:00 pm

The vet has said Lily is fat which she is, she is 27kg whereas Lola is 16kg. Then again they are fed the same amount of food and treats. My new ,lovely Romanian vet says it's just the way they are big grin
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:15 pm

From what I can see in your photos, she doesn't look fat! Beautiful girlie! love
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Dave on Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:22 pm

I think Tilly has always suffered a little since being neutered , they get the same walks but off lead Tommy probably covers 3 x the distance , I need to find the time to get out separately with Tilly on the bike as she loved that but Tommy hates it
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Caroline on Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:39 pm

I don't know how anyone could think Harvey and Chance are underweight.
Both of mine have a little layer of padding. I got told off by the vet a few years ago because of Millie's weight. She wasn't obese but probably heading that way so I had to cut right back on the treats blush
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by ella on Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:25 pm

unfortunately a lot of people think the boys are underweight as all people focus on is they have visible ribs and a very very obvious waist and tuck not the whole dog sad

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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:22 pm

If a dog's really underweight, you should be able to tell! Not just from the shape of the dog, but from the condition and behaviour. If you paired the boys up with a malnourished dog, there'd be no mistaking the difference!
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by tracyp on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:23 pm

Tyson is 21.3kg. My other half thinks he needs a slice of cheese at 4am! Vet says he could loose 3kg for his size but....

I think I'll have to leave my OH to get his weight down.
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:24 pm

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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by tracyp on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:26 pm

From dobes & rotts.... we always worked on.... 10 steps away,  you should still see ribs.
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:28 pm

In a way, I'm glad Demps has a permanent pot belly. No matter how much weight we get him to lose, he'll always have that big belly for us to tickle! happy
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by tracyp on Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:36 pm

Eleanor,  you scratch, rub, tickle & kiss his belly.

I can't see Tysons ribs with a magnifying glass! (Though I am fairly sure he has some he is hiding under his layer of daddy's love.)
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:25 pm

laughing There's always one person in the family who'll spoil them! tongue
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Hayley on Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:03 pm

Eleanor wrote:In my opinion, the ribs aren't a very good indicator of weight with dogs who are kept very lean from exercise. The pin bones are far more telling! If they still have a good covering of muscle there, with no extreme jutting bones, chances are they're fine!

Your boys are in great condition! hug

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Billy is what my mum calls a skinny runt but he is just a nice sheprardy shape. lexi is a little pudgy but shes 10 now, cant blame her lol
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:17 pm

At 10 years, she's allowed to be a bit cuddly! laughing She's earned it!

And yeah, I think some breeds especially have quite visible rib lines, so it's probably a lot easier to see the ribs, especially if the dog's in good shape.
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by tracyp on Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:38 am

Jess is 11 now & I must say, I have watched her weight her entire life. I now let her have enjoyment of her beloved hot salami chunks instead of monitoring everything she eats. She could loose a kg or 2 but... who cares? She has earnt that extra chunk of salami.

Tyson can have a thin slice & then it's.... walkies my little wombat! tongue
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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Eleanor on Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:21 am

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Re: Do you know a fat dog when you see one?

Post by Caroline on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:20 pm

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