|Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 9:54pm PST |
|Mitchell is a 13 mo old intact Golden Retriever (I really need to update his pictures but cannot link up camera for some reason) he seems extremely healthy, hikes daily (long, busy hikes) he does tracking weekly and has a busy life. He is fed Darwins (raw, made in Seattle, delivered every 5 weeks to my house) I do supplement with homemade food and yummy fresh treats, he gets rmb weekly.
After all that introduction, I am having trouble getting wt on him, he is currently 76.7# and has lost 1 lb since last week. I just did bloodwork at work on him, it is all completely normal, urine: normal. Hair/coat: like silk. Teeth/gum: beautiful. Eyes: bright,alert.
But, geez....he looks so skinny. If he had short hair you would be able see his ribs and hipbones.
The Vets I work with all say he looks great and not to worry so much but I do.
I have met with a friend who is a intregrative Vet who leans more towards holistic, I was seeking his nutritional expertise, he says that his diet is great, he does state that he "runs very warm" pertaining to chinese medicine/ body meridians and to "cool" him down alittle by taking some certain foods away and adding some others (the list is long) which I am doing.
All the Vets I work with state that once I neuter him things will change and I will be wanting to keep him on the thin side. I have never had a male that stays on the skinny side.
Sorry so long, I am worried that I am underfeeding him but wow! if I added too much more he would be eating 4% of his body wt.
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