I think she will look really good when she has a few pounds added!
Thanks, Connie. I'm putting teh weight on slowly due to that questionable hip. Vet said worst thing I could do was to aggravte it by fattening her up too quickly.Connie Sutherland said:I think she will look really good when she has a few pounds added!
LOL Connie. She *is* very thin -- you're 120% correct. Poor thing's got at least 10 lbs to go, and probably more like 15! I didn't take a lot of before photos, but when I brought her home she looked sad, her fur was gray with all of the matted/dirty hair, and she was limping pretty badly. It's amazing what a week can do (and a couple of baths). She's still seriously skinny, but stools are normal, smile on her face, adn she's wrestling with me!!!!Connie Sutherland said:<<< Thanks, Connie. I'm putting teh weight
on slowly due to that questionable hip. Vet said
worst thing I could do was to aggravte it by
fattening her up too quickly.
She's an alligator, though LOL >>>>>>
Oh, absolutely! And she doesn't look awful,
either.....just very thin.
Really good vet advice, IMO.
Thanks, Sarah! Her coat already is shining from the Royal Canin.Sarah Hall said:She's going to be absoultely gorgeous after weight is on her, and because of the good nutrition that coat is going to SHINE! She's lucky you found her!
Thanks, Kristen! I think we're going to switch. It would cost me FAR less to feed Canidae than it is to feed Royal Canin. I have to give Achilles 6 cups of the Royal Canin a day (sometimes more) and Andi is 5-6 cups! A 35 lb bag only lasts Achilles about 30 days, and it's nearly $50. Abbie's been eating Nutro Naturals weight management and one 40 lb bag lasts her 3 months LOL.Kristen Cabe said:Canidae is what I feed, Stacia. I LOVE it and cannot sing its praises enough! My pet dog has been on it for going on 3 years now, and Jak has been on it for a couple of months now. It's an "all life stages" food, so it can be fed to puppies, adults, and seniors. That means that everyone's on the same food, so you don't have two or three different bags of dog food. It's also made with human-grade ingredients, and no corn, soy, chemical preservatives, or byproducts.
I did a price comparison several weeks ago for a guy that was feeding Beneful to his 60 pound Golden retriever, and it actually came out equal. I think it was something like $285 to feed one 60 pound dog over the course of a year, for Beneful or Canidae. There's a BIG difference in the two foods, and a decent difference in price per bag, but when you look at how much you have to feed of the Beneful, you're having to buy it almost twice as often as the Canidae, so that's why it equals out in cost in the long run. Gypsy gets 1 1/2 to 2 cups of food a day depending on how active she is, and whether or not she starts to look a little 'chunky' to me. Jak gets anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups a day, depending on whether he's in the middle of a growth spurt or not - which I think he is right now, because he's literally SCARFING. :lol:
Canidae has two "all life stages" formulas now; the original, which is made with turkey, chicken, lamb, and herring and their new chicken & rice one which only uses chicken as the meat protein. I've always used the original, so I can't comment on the chicken formula at all. The kibble is fairly small, so Abbie shouldn't have trouble with it, and it's got a 'dry' crunch that's very similar to a baked food - not hard and not crumbly. Doesn't taste bad, either (yes, I've tried it!)
Don't get me wrong; I'm NOT knocking the food. Innova makes a great product. It's just that I don't know that I'd recommend EVO to someone who was going to feed just kibble.Innova EVO is also a convenient, complete and balanced supplement to a raw feeding program.
Jenni, she's 61 cm at the withers and only 50 lbs. I didn't show the pic of her from the top and b/c she's black you can't see very well but EVERY one of her ribs is showing completely (to the point where you can watch her muscles and skin move over them). I thouhgt for sure I posted that pic of her from teh top...oh well, here goes:Jenni Williams said:I don't have time to get into the food discussion part, but how much does she weigh? How tall is she? She looked ok from the pics. Is she much thinner than she appears? I know it's hard to see much in a picture of a black dog, so is her torso much thinner than it looks? As long as she's healthy, I wouldn't be overly concerned if she's a little thin.
Maybe I'm just the world's worst mother, but from what I saw, she looks like Caleb. Last set of ribs slightly visible, hip bones visible, small "waist", spine visible. His spine and hips always seem to be visible, regardless of weight.I think with a large dog, it's better to err on the side of thin. Compare the health issues of overweight versus underweight. Depending on size and lines, if she's only 2, she may not be physically mature. Caleb turned 2 in December, and he's still a little puppyish, which I think has a lot to do with some of his protruding bones and supermodel physique. Except for the giant head .
Has anyone been using Evo for a while? I was looking at the product profile, and it looks outstanding (for a non-allergy-prone dog).Kristen Cabe said:Oh crap. NEVERMIND. I also found where it said it could be fed in lieu of a raw diet. #-o