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Ok I have a question? When I took Harley in to the vets on 12/30/05 she weighed 65 lbs. Today when I took her in she weighed 74lbs. Am I feeding her to much? She is about 9 months old and I have been feeding her 6 c. of Diamond Lamb & Rice for large breed dogs per day. And a treat here and there but I've cut down on those quite a bit. 2c. 3x's a day. Shes not fat and has great muscle tone. I just don't want her to get fat.

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Can you post a picture of her standing from a side view?? 6 cups sounds like WAY too much food. I have a 13 month old female that wieghs about 60# and I don't think I have ever fed her more than 3 or 4 cups of food in one day.
 

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I measured what I feed Kate and it is acutally 6 cups a day too.... it sounds like a lot but when I feed her, it doesn't look like that much. She gets 3 in the morning and 3 at night. When she turns 2 in April I'll start feeding her a little less since she won't be growing as much
 

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Can you see the last couple of ribs when the dog is standing straight, and feel all of them when you stroke the dog lightly?
Is there a pronounced tuck-up? Most bullybreeds should have tuck-up, unless it's a Bull Terrier or something.
Can you feel all the hip-bones when you stroke the dogs lower back?
Can you feel, but not see the dogs vertabrae when you stroke it?

If the answers to these questions are yes, your dog is not fat. :D

Then again, soo many people have fat dogs, and don't even know it.
It's sad really.
It is specially important that pups of larger breeds are kept lean.
2 lbs of extra weight on the dog, puts 8 (!!) lbs of extra weight on joints that are not finished growing yet.
If your pup it genetically disposed to CHD, osteochondrosis, elbow arthritis etc, extra weight can produce symptoms where there otherwise wouldn't be any. (Oh, and just because your dogs parents don't have any of these illnesses, doesn't mean your dog isn't genetically disposed to them)

Keeping a dog overweight seriously shortens their lifespan, and causes healthissues.
I could go on and on.

Of course, this is directed at anyone in particular.
But statistically, 60% of this boards users have overweight dogs.
The importance of keeping a dog lean, and getting into that habit while the dog is young, couldn't be stressed enough.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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MAYBE I HAVE SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT. MY PUP IS 4 MONTHS AN WEIGHTS 60 PNDS I FEED HIM 1 AND A HALF CUPS OF NUTRO FOR LARGE BREED PUPPY 4X A DAY AS STATED ON THE BAG. VET SAYS HES HEAlthy AND NOT OVER WEIGHT
 

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AkainePSP said:
Ok I have a question? When I took Harley in to the vets on 12/30/05 she weighed 65 lbs. Today when I took her in she weighed 74lbs. Am I feeding her to much? She is about 9 months old and I have been feeding her 6 c. of Diamond Lamb & Rice for large breed dogs per day. And a treat here and there but I've cut down on those quite a bit. 2c. 3x's a day. Shes not fat and has great muscle tone. I just don't want her to get fat.

Kelly
Most importantly! What has your vet said about her weight? To me she sounds like she is at a good weight, in my opinion you need to ask your vet he/she would know best! She may just be in a growth spert period.
 

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I can't remember exactly what he said but as long as something wasn't which it wasn't then shes ok. And right now she looks good. When I got her I thought she was only about 7 months old. I only found out about a week ago she is about 9 months old. Anyways , when I originally looked on the bag for her age and weight it said to give her 4 2/3 - 5 1/2 c. daily, but sometimes she would act a bit hungry so I just started giving her 2 c. 3 x's a day. Since looking at the bag and now going by her current weight and accurate age it says to give her 3 2/3 - 4 1/2 c. daily. So I think now I will feed her 1 1/2 c. 3x's a day.

Harleys feeling a bit under the weather right now as she was spayed today so as soon as she is up to it we will take some pics and post.

Thanks

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Moose is 10 months and weighs 80+ pounds and gets 4 cups of Wolfcub Large Breed Puppy daily. The bag said he should get 4 3/4 - 5 1/2 daily but he won't eat that much. I give him 2 cups in morning and 2 cups at night and he is good with that. He is neither thin or fat.
 
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