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Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:01 pm
by cashisking
Some family came by at Christmas and told me that they thought Cash looked skinny.
In the past I had fattened Cash up (+3-5 lbs) during the winter to keep him warm, but hadn't done that this year because he has been a 100% indoor dog.
I asked closer, dog-knowledgeable friends about Cash's condition a week later and they said they thought he looked fine. One did say he could have some meat on his bones, but the other said he looked great.

Since then, I have been working on upping his body weight- peanut butter in his kongs instead of wet dog food, more liberal with treats, slightly higher than normal food levels for meals... and he doesn't seem to be hanging on to it. I don't want to be too aggressive with it because he's kind of a lazybones.

I weighted us today on the scale- it said he was sitting around 69 lbs. That's the lowest he's ever been. He's usually mid to high 70s. Here's a photo from today.

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I don't know if you can see it in the photos, but here at home, I can just barely see the end of his ribcage, and can see his back vertebrae ever so slightly. I can feel both.

For comparison, here's Cash from about a year ago. He's kind of thick here - About 75 lbs.
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I wonder if it's the weather ( we've got a nice cold-snap going on) or if its his age ( he's going to be 6 in may). The weather combined with my two jobs have left me with less time to exercise him, could it just be loss of muscle mass?

Sooo...
Should I put some weight on him? I think he looks good, but am concerned about what others might think.

Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:13 pm
by johnnyv412
He is absolutly not underweight.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:45 pm
by AllisonPitbullLvr
Moore, looks good to me.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:17 pm
by jamielvsaustin
I think idealy you only want to see the last couple of ribs instead of all of them...but I don't think he's underweight and I don't think seeing the ribs on him that you can see is in anyway bad or harmful to him. You're probably helping him live long by keeping him leaner. Overall? I think he looks great!

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:35 pm
by spammie
Kelli, stop worrying about Cash. I think he's fine looking

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:53 pm
by HappyPuppy
Nope - not underweight. :thumbsup:

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:08 pm
by ellie@ny
I could take 10# off of him. :)

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:14 pm
by Sarah
I don't know about 10#, but if anything, I do think he's carrying a little extra.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:49 pm
by pblove
I also think he is carrying extra weight.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17 pm
by Curly_07
I think he looks great for a lazy house dog. It wouldn't hurt to drop another couple pounds, but I think he looks fine.

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Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:35 pm
by GSDBulldog
I don't want to say he is carrying extra weight because I feel that might imply his food could/should be cut to some degree. For what I am assuming is a laid back house dog, he looks good to me. If he were to lose any weight but retain his current physique... He would be what I call "skinny-fat" (At least in humans). He looks healthy and happy to me, so I would not fret.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:18 pm
by Misskiwi67
cashisking wrote:Some family came by at Christmas and told me that they thought Cash looked skinny.


This is likely because your family has never seen a healthy, fit dog and thinks fat dogs are "cute".

Do not fall for this. If someone tell you your dog is skinny, take it as a compliment.

Run your hands down Cash's back... if you cannot feel his hip bones EASILY, then he is just fine. If you cannnot see a minimum of 2 ribs, your dog is fat.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:05 pm
by cashisking
Thanks, guy
The family that said Cash was skinny have little chunky purse dogs, so i did blow it off a bit... but it is true that he is thinner than he used to be.
As for the proposition for Cash being capable of losing more weight... I suppose he could but I'd rather he lose weight with exercise than by lowering his food intake. His current diet yields about two cups, split into two feedings.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:21 pm
by BrokenAquarian
Exercise is the route to take, rather than calorie cutting. He looks like he has a winter layer on, to me - because all of his muscles are quite soft and rounded looking, instead of mostly cut and angular. Which means he's got a bit of a layer over the muscles. It's better to buy a fabric coat than make a fat dog. It's easier on the joints. :)

I noticed that my laziness caused my girl to lose muscle mass - so they can have shrinking muscles with out getting fat. It can be from lack of use or under feeding. My dogs' muscles always shrink in the winter - they've never been underfed.

Re: Is Cash Underweight?

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:36 pm
by Amie
GSDBulldog wrote:I don't want to say he is carrying extra weight because I feel that might imply his food could/should be cut to some degree. For what I am assuming is a laid back house dog, he looks good to me. If he were to lose any weight but retain his current physique... He would be what I call "skinny-fat" (At least in humans). He looks healthy and happy to me, so I would not fret.


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I wouldn't make him thinner but I'd work on building muscle tone.

He's such a handsome boy, though!