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Setter pup still so skinny

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TerraNotSoFirma Mon 17-Jun-13 22:18:43

Been wormed recently, vet not concerned about his weight but I am sad
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?

SingingSands Thu 20-Jun-13 23:19:39

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!)

TerraNotSoFirma Thu 20-Jun-13 23:56:06

Yes, that's his platinum highlights smile
He's a crazy pup, but I love him lots.
So good with the children, other than whacking them in the face with a wagging tail.

TotallyBursar Fri 21-Jun-13 07:08:09

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 blush And yes, he is totally scrumptious!

frostyfingers Fri 21-Jun-13 14:22:14

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.

He's a beautiful dog, I'd be proud to have him!

TerraNotSoFirma Fri 21-Jun-13 14:46:46

Thanks frosty.
I just need to keep some stock phrases to answer back to anyone who is doing the oh so funny 'do you not feed that dog?' Comments.

Alternatively I could just roll my eyes and stomp off. smile

TerraNotSoFirma Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:42

And sound like me when I get het up about something smile
What that ass person said to you is terrible....not sure I'd have been able to control my temper there.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:00:00

Just has a visit from the SSPCA, someone reported that my dogs and cat were neglected. sad

Oh hell sad What happened?

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:18:25

I'm so upset, lady came in and said we've had report that you're dogs and cat are neglected, that they live outside with no shelter or water and they are thin.

She only had to lift the cat to see he was fine.
I showed her the dogs and she sad that Barney was very lean, I explained he was a puppy and showed her this thread.

She even said Tia my GSD was thin as you can feel her backbone , she's not thin at. A but tubby if anything

Sorry for awful typing am crying my eyes out here.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:20:42

It must have been someone in my street to know the cat is mine as he hardly gets out.

sad What are they going to do? Any idea who reported you?

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:24:07

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

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:35:31

It was an anonymous phone call. The lady says she takes them with a pinch off salt, but it has got to be someone on this cul de sac.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:49:31

Right, have stopped crying, am now furious instead.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 17:50:08

Of salt, not off. Jesus.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 06-Aug-13 19:13:27

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.

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