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Spine/Backbone Showing?

Discussion in 'American Bully' started by ~Missy~, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    I took a couple of quick pics of Harley so you guys can see his progress....not great pics cuz they are with my phone. He's looking really good, except his backbone is showing some. Does this mean he's underweight?

    You can't really see it in the pics, but it does show. His tail was wagging so fast because my fiance was holding Lyza at the fence.


    This one is just because I thought it was wicked looking...Harley jumped right when I hit the button. lol You can see his markings, his head and paws, and his feet on the ground.
  2. Pink

    Pink GRCH Dog

    It doesn't look like it's actually sticking out, you can just see a few little bumps where the vertebrae are.

    It's that way in my dogs as well.

    Here's a good example:


    Harley doesn't look at all underweight.
  3. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Oh good! Thank you!
  4. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Yea some dogs show the spine bumps more than others, my dogs all show theirs and they arent underweight.

    Your dog looks fine :)
  5. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Thank you! I'm glad to know it's a normal thing! I've really worked hard on rehabilitating him!
  6. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Id only get worried if you started seeing overly big areas of hip points, spine is fine in my house, heck the dogs who show the most spine could stand to lose a little, they are kind of chubby in the underbelly lol thats just not where the fat goes on them!

    He looks great imo
  7. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Thank you very much!
  8. Celestial88

    Celestial88 Good Dog

    Had he just eaten or drank a lot of water? Honestly, he looks in good shape but at that amount of body fat I'd expect his stomach to be more... trim and tucked. It looks distended.

    On weight side, I'd just echo what the others said. :) Every dog is different, my GSD boy's spine can be seen even when he's fat, hips easily felt as well. My APBT girl, you can see a bit of her spine at her ideal weight but not hips. So every dog's going to be different. The main sign of a unhealthy underweight dog is a lack of muscle. :)
  9. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    He ate about half an hour before, and had drank some water, but not much. I recently wormed him the other day...not sure if maybe that would cause what you're seeing. Or, it could just be the fuzzy pic?

    I haven't really worked him much. I have been more concerned with putting weight ON him, since he was skin and bones when I got him back last spring. Since it's warming up, I'll be getting out and doing more with him. Thinking of making a flirt pole and maybe getting him a weight harness and see if he likes pulling.

    Even when he was super skinny, his tummy looked kind of the same..maybe it's just his shape?

    This one was after I had been OVER feeding him.
  10. Celestial88

    Celestial88 Good Dog

    I can't say, but it looks off to me. I'd get a vet's opinion, but I'm the paranoid sort. (my vet's used to getting all sorts of questioning phone calls) I just haven't seen it in healthy dogs unless they'd drank or something prior. :dunno:
  11. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    Ok, I'll have the vet check it out...guess I never noticed!
  12. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Yea the belly does look funny, very bloated.. like he just drank a bunch of water or something, just thought he was full in the first pics

    Just offhand, how much are you feeding him? How many x's a day?
  13. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    He had drank some water...but not that much.

    I've been reading online since this was pointed out to me. I only feed him once a day, about 1 3/4 cups of TOTW Pacific Stream. He wolfs it down. I read that this could cause bloating, so maybe I should start feeding him at least twice a day and split the amount up?

    I was feeding him twice a day...and double the 1 3/4 cups...which is why he was overweight. lol
  14. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    I would do it twice a day
  15. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Hm.. thats not that much food so I dont know, might be worth a vet check just to be safe. Does he drink a lot of water after he eats? Do you float the kibble in water? Might be worth a shot to mix the kibble with water to decrease the puffy belly if thats the cause..

    You could also try splitting his feed up, I feed 1X a day but its worth a shot to see if it will fix his belly. How big a dog is he?
  16. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    I thought that wasn't much too. Especially, since Krayon gets 3 1/2 to 4 cups a day.....lol

    Kahlee is only 40#s and gets 2 or 2 1/2. Just depends on her energy level that day
  17. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    I'm not sure of his weight, probably between 40 and 50 lbs. Maybe 55 lbs. I haven't tried mixing his kibble with water, but I will give it a shot!

    I have to take Lyza in to the vet on Thursday so I'll be sure to show him a pic of Harley and see what he thinks.
  18. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Lol yea when Bear was on kibble he would get 3 1/2 cups, Turbo would get 3 cups, and Tea would get like 1 and barley a half..

    Tea is 33lbs fat, prolly about 30 right now and she would only get 1 1/2 MAX lol

    Hm, that seems like a small amount for that weight, is he a very low energy dog? Or he has a slow metabolism..
    Its worth a shot and its better imo for the animals to eat their kibble with water, its easier to digest and doesnt make them want to chug water after a feeding and possibly bloat. I heard its easier on their kidneys, dont know how true that is but I always float kibble.

    Let us know, you said you wormed him, have you seen him pass any worms?
  19. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    I haven't inspected his poo! lol, but I'll have a looksie tomorrow.

    He is VERY hyper, and is full of energy. He thinks he's a kangaroo! I'm unsure about his metabolism. Maybe he just needs more exercise. Like I said, I haven't been working with him much, but I plan on getting out and having him do more stuff besides walking.
  20. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    I bet he has a slow metabolism cuz thats a small amount of kibble for a dog that size lol he might just need more exercise, or it might just be his body shape.

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