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Is he too lean ?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Pitbullmom1, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    7869CDB3-3E62-459A-BE3E-7F249EC8384A.jpeg Hey all it’s been awhile but my 2 year old lab mix is looking skinny to me. I’m not sure if I should take him in or not he has a huge appetite and I feed him like 3 cups a day (zignature), but seeing his ribs has me concerned. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    Looks fine to me, I always go by the hip area not if the ribs can be seen.
     
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  3. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    Dog is lean but don't look emaciated to me.
    I've seen way worse. 3 cups seems like a lot to me and still be looking that lean. I feed 50 pounders 2 cups a day and they aren't that lean. How high is the protein content in your dogs kibble?.
     
  4. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    I too would pay more attention to hip bones as well as the spine. A few ribs showing is fine, hip bones and the whole backbone, not so much.
     
  5. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    The crude protein is 31% it’s zignature pork
     
  6. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

  7. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    My 45-50 lb dog was eating 3 cups when she was on kibble, whether it was grain free or not. Different dogs different metabolisms. Your dog looks fine, wouldn't take any more weight off but he has nice muscle coverage. How active do you keep him? More active more food, that is why mine ate 3 cups.
     
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  8. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    That is a bit more protein than a non working dog needs IMO. Thats most likey why he is so lean.
     
  9. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Ok well I was worried he may of had a tapeworm or something but we just walk every other day but he does run our fence line all day too chasing anything really cars and anything that comes by.
     
  10. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    So, is "seeing his ribs" something different from usual, doing and feeding him the same thing? If so, maybe a trip to the vet is in order.

    From these pictures, I see things differently than the others. I see a dog that IS a bit skinny, but mostly because I just don't see any muscle tone or shape to him. He looks "poor" to me. Have you been monitoring his weight?
    This could just be HIM, but just going by what I see in pics....
     
  11. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    Do you regularly worm him?
     
  12. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    I don't think he's a lab. Don't think it's possible to ever SEE the ribs on one of those!
     
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  13. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    Yeah I don't see lab in that dog either :))
     
  14. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    The vet said he’s was probably half lab and half American bulldog maybe. I’ve always been able to see just 2 ribs but now it seems like all of them and I can kinda see his spine too. He’s got a little muscle tone I think but it could be the pics not showing it. He eats super fast too like he’s starving everyday. He weighed 65 last March was the last time he been in the vet. I need to try to weigh him. I haven’t wormed him either I’ll probably try that first
     
  15. brindle

    brindle Little Dog

    He looks a little thin to me and his coat does not seem to have much shine to it.

    You can add some fat to his diet, that might help. Full milk fat cottage cheese is good, and salmon oil is always a helpful thing for any dog. I buy my salmon oil from Dakota Line snares, they have wild Alaskan salmon oil for a good price (I buy a gallon at a time, they will send it in smaller 16 oz bottles if you ask, it keeps well). Coconut oil is good too, I use the organic cold pressed coconut oil from the grocery store, it's great for dogs and people, you can cook with it too.

    Worming might help too if he's not been wormed in awhile. If you give him a heartworm pill that has Ivermectin in it, that is a good wormer for round worms too. There are other wormers too, the Safeguard for goats works well, and pyrantel pamoate is another over the counter wormer, it is sold for pin worms in humans.
     
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  16. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Thanks for the help I just ordered some salmon oil and i used to give him coconut oil and he loved it but I ran out and never got anymore but I’m gonna go ahead and take him in tomorrow morning I’m starting to see his hip bones a little too and his whole spine.
     
  17. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    Just got back from the vet and it’s hookworms. She also was talking to me about putting him on grain dog food she recommended Purina pro plan any thoughts on that dog food?
     
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  18. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Super Moderator

    It's basically garbage. If my vet mentioned any feed you can get at a supermarket as a great choice in feed, I'd be looking for a new vet.

    Most the formulas I looked up on chewy under proplan has corn as the 4th ingredient. Flour is the 3rd ingredient in the grain free formula.
    Purina makes like 5 or 6 of the top 10 worst dogs foods out there. There are way better kibbles for the same price or close to it. Id look at blue buffalo, Taste of the wild, vector, origen etc.
     
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  19. brindle

    brindle Little Dog

    He'll start to pick up and look a lot better once the worms are gone. Which wormer did the vet give him? Did they want to re-worm him in a couple of weeks? Hook worms can be tough to get rid of, I used Safeguard for goats some yrs ago when my old dog had them.

    I agree with AGK, I would not feed that Purina food nor any of their line. Taste of the Wild, Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Evolve and others are better. I like to see at least 2 meats or meat meals in the first 5 ingredients. You can also give him some of the full fat cottage cheese and the plain whole milk yogurt. The salmon oil and coconut oil are good to add to any dog's diet.

    The worms kind of run them down gradually, they steal nourishment from the dog. You'll see a difference pretty soon. Be sure to clean up his yard to get rid of any worms left from his poop before he was wormed.
     
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  20. Pitbullmom1

    Pitbullmom1 Big Dog

    I’ve been feeding him Zignature for a while and it’s good quality food but she acted like he needed food WITH grain because of heart problems in dogs his age. I dunno if I’m gonna switch yet. And I’m gonna clean the yard up tomorrow. She gave them Drontal Plus and yes to re worm in 3 weeks and gonna start heartworm meds then too
     
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