Been wormed recently, vet not concerned about his weight but I am Fed 3 times a day, coat glossy, eyes clear and bright. Seems happy and healthy enough other than being very small across the waist. He is almost 10 months old, fed on royal canin large breed puppy and tinned tripe. Any experience or suggestions?
Och, he's gorgeous! Just peeked at your photo! Is that the signature white tuft on his chest? That's a sign of good breeding. (I have no idea if this is actually true, its just become a favourite saying in our family!)
I frequently bang my head against the metaphorical wall.
Not setters but my dogs are deep chested and slim waisted, solid muscle but not chunky. The amount of people that stop me to moan they are too thin. My particular favourite (out with our late giant breed) was 'If you can't afford to feed it you shouldn't have it, you ignorant bitch'. Yes you should see a hint he has ribs and no, you shouldn't lose your finger trying to feel his spine. I can't actually see your dog's neck - only one of us has a problem.
Just look at the dogs with them, rolling fat over their back as they walk, guts hanging and some poor buggers with their legs being eaten by their encroaching fat, huffing and heaving themselves about. Owners blaming breeders for joints that are shot to shit. BCS 4 or 5 without fail. Apparently oblivious to the health issues being chronically overweight or obese is having on their dogs - who have no choice in the matter but will suffer for it.
Then look at the beautifully muscled, healthy dog yours'll be as he grows out his gangle and ignore.
I would be comforted they were trying to improve welfare if they weren't being so cruel to their own dogs.
I'm only slightly bitter and ragey about this And yes, he is totally scrumptious!
As long as he's healthy then it's much better that he's on the light side than overweight - I'm always amazed by the quantities that the food manufacturers say you should feed too, if I fed our labs what the guidelines are then they would be grossly overweight - even now our older girl is "prosperous" as my vet politely calls it. Compared to some fat dogs we know they get practically nothing.
She is going to call back in a couple of months to see if we've built the shelter, the dogs have only just been put outside during the day, as we've just built the fence to make them their own run, the lean to shelter not been built yet as need to wait til next payday
Thinking about this further, it must be one of my next door neighbours. One of the things mentioned was that the dogs had no shelter, only our next door neighbours can see into our back garden. The too small kennel was removed only a week or so ago and we haven't built the new shelter yet Feel so sad about this.