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Old 07-29-2009, 05:45 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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I wish I had some advice to offer on the underweight dog. But if the ribs can be felt under a thin layer and the dog has a nice tuck and a visible waist she is probably alright. And I'm sure you covered the bases on parasite control.
Its no problem. I thought I would post in this thread instead of making a new one. I have been searching on here through previous threads for an answer.

No, she doesnt have any worms. She plays with the flirt pole for about 15 minutes and fetch for about 20. She gets hot pretty quick. Runs to the water bowl every couple of minutes. (which I dont blame her. It gets real hot in florida during the summer.) I walk her every evening for two miles.

Her ribs are visible but not like extremely. I will post a pic, but as I said, it is hard to notice in the picture.

To me, she looks like it wouldnt hurt her to gain a couple of pounds. I was just wondering if I should change her kibble or what not.
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She looks great to me. Very beautiful dog. Does she have papers? If so how is she bred? A lot of genetics play a factor in a dogs weight and muscular tone. Also is she spayed? She sounds very active. I'm sure she is just burning off the calories fast from the food. If you are concerned you might up her half a cup a day and see how she looks after a couple weeks. But I don't think she needs it. It sounds like she is very active and she looks healthy. She has a beautiful shine to her coat as well. I would just keep up the good work.
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Thank You.

Supposedly she was registered through the ADBA but we never saw the papers. So,I do not know anything about her background.

No, she isnt spayed yet.

Thanks for the advice!

Sorry for making your OP off topic. It is a very informative post.
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Generally the ADBA dogs tend to be smaller dogs and lighter dogs. I thought she looked more ADBA type. The ADBA dogs tend to have the "game dog" appearance, though this doesn't mean she is game bred or a game dog! Although size and weight isn't always the case. Some dogs are double registered and can be conditioned for either the UKC or ADBA. You should check out an ADBA show in your area sometime, and then a UKC one and you can see the difference! If she is young, unspayed and very active then thats why she is lighter. Due to the lack of grain in Innova and high metabolism should keep her slimmed down. She is using all though protein from the meat to stay slim. Which is healthy. Females tend to pack on pounds after they are spayed if they don't stay active. It's easy for Helena to put on weight during winter time. And above all it's better to have a lighter dog than a heavier one! Extra padding can cause a lot of health problems over long term. Such as weaker joints from bearing extra weight.

Here is some pics of Helena.

This is her at her healthy weight, which I like to keep her at or under 46lbs.



Maybe a couple pounds on this one, Notice the tuck isn't as defined in this picture


I don't have any "bigger" weight pics of her! lol I looked through my photobucket.

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