|Barked: Mon Aug 22, '11 11:38am PST |
|I adopted Zelda last December and she hasn't gained a single ounce since then. She looks a bit more muscular, which is typical of a dog switched to a raw food diet, but her weight still reads between 25 and 26 pounds each time we weigh her in.
I like my dogs to be nice and slim, but she's just a little TOO slim. Her last few ribs are easy to see from overhead, same with her pelvic bones from any angle. Her ribs and pelvic bones are felt with very minimal pressure, you don't have to press down at all. It's not enough that you'd think she was malnourished, but I've gotten comments lately like people think I'm starving her. I assure you, she gets plenty to eat! When we first adopted her, I was feeding her double her daily requirement in raw food. Instead of gaining weight, she just pooped more. I tried to for about a month before putting her back on her regular requirements.
I could say that she keeps herself slim, but she really is not an active dog. She's a real couch-potato, and enjoys cuddling with people over exercise. She plays with our other dog, but nothing vigorous. She is not interested in toys at all, and I admit that she doesn't get regularly walked.
I don't mind taking a trip to the vet, I just wanted to check in online first and see what people had to say. Do some dogs just not put on weight? Can being slightly underweight cause health problems?
Thank you for any feedback.
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