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So how much does everyone feed their dogs?
Orson is now getting 2 cups of DVP AM and 2 cups PM.
Too much???
He's not really very active since it's so hot out.

I think Orson might be fat...doesnt look it but i can't easily feel his ribs.
I know just being 5 pds overweight is not good for his bad knees :(
Here's some pics (not very good just trying to show body weight)

 

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4 cups for a medium size dog like him doesn't sound too bad, but because he is not active, that might be why he is gaining weight!

Chapps eats 3.5 cups a day of Fromm and he is the perfect weight (the vet said)



Holly eats 6+ cups a day and she's a stick...you can see by this pic:



Dogs are like people, they have slower and faster metabolisms. Orson is gorgious, nonetheless :)
 

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Orson is gorgious, nonetheless
Thank you!!

I read on another board that alot of people just feed 2-3 cups a day
of high quality food. Going to cut back on our food.

You can just start to make out Chapps ribs in that pic and i think that is what
is supposed to happen. He looks good.
Always read: better for them to be a little underweight than a little
overweight.

I guess with so much English bulldog genes in him, he's more suseptable to getting pudgy. :?
 

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Depends on the food and how potent it is. Yoshi, my 105lb ridgeback gets about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of Fromm 2 times a day. Milo who is a little smaller gets about 1 1/4 cups 2x a day. Nandi gets about a cup 2x a day and Amrika is like Milo, about 1 1/4 cups 2x a day. If I had to feed my dog three cups at a time I'd move to a more potent food.

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Sheila is pretty lean, but has a weird eating pattern. We feed her 2 x day, put 2 cups in the am but she rarely eats the whole thing, usually eats maybe 1cup to 1 1/2. At night we feed her two cups and the remainder of the mornings food. I think it might have to do with her getting most of her exercise in the late afternoon. What kind of exercise does Orson do??? How bad are his knees???? Are you giving him treats too??? I take into account how many calories in treats I give sheila on the days I do OB training with her and cut back on her food a little to offset. Don't know if that makes a big difference though
 

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Bogart gets about 4 cups of food a day (split into 3 meals),
plus a few treats. He is on the leaner side with good muscle
tone, and I'd say slightly above average in activity/exercise.
It's funny because my dad's dog eats like a bird (she is a Bernese
Mountain dog), but extremely overweight. Their vet was not happy
with them.
 

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Sounds like the activity level makes the food amount go up.
Orson will get a 40 min. walk a day when it's not humid. Havent walked him
much lately due to 100 degree weather so we play fetch alot in house or late at nite
outside.
I dont think he needs 4 cups a day with low activity
If I had to feed my dog three cups at a time I'd move to a more potent food.
I would guess that DVP is high quality food and i dont HAVE to feed him that much,
i just do cause the bag told me to!! :wink:

How bad are his knees???? Are you giving him treats too???
He gets a few treats a week, he'd rather have a squeeky ball as a treat.
And i noticed last nite he limped for a few minutes, the vet said his other knee will eventually need
surgery and i cant do anything to prevent it (already had one knee surgery).

Thanks for all the input!! I am glad to hear that if i only feed him 2-3 cups/day he won't starve to death!!

I like Bogart's new signature...cute!! :)
 
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