Originally Posted by datacan
Hi, from experience we found following the label on dog food bags is sure way to overweight dogs.
It is harder to make them lean than to fatten them up.
V's are heavy if you cannot see their ribs when they turn.
Some feed them one a day. But if split the daily ration into 3 smaller portions it may help with hunger pains.
Yep, agreed, much easier to make them fat than make them lose weight. A bit like us really!! When I first rescued Zsa Zsa, she was very thin. Too thin. You could see her backbone. So I probably over compensated and within 2 months, she was a rolly polly little GSP. She had the bump above the tail!! It took 4 months to get her back to a nice lean size again.
Also agree that the ribs should be visible when they turn slightly, or even when standing still and straight they should be just visible. I have all three of mine at this point now. But, each one eats a different amount daily to the other. Astro is the biggest eater, then Ozkar then Zsa Zsa in terms of keeping them at the right weight.
However, be careful with the recommended amounts on the pack, as some dogs will need a lot less, some what the pack says and yet again others need more than the recommended amount. Most dog food works on cup size to age. The food I buy works on the weight of the dog and is measured in grams, not cups. If I fed them what was recommended, I would have one fat dog, one the right weight and one under weight. Astro eats more than the recommended amount, Ozkar eats what is recommended and Zsa Zsa eats a little less. This keeps all three at the right weight. (I'm really proud of how good they look at the moment.... It's taken some time as Astro was also overweight when I got him at 6.5 months of age. )
Dogs will usually just eat whatever is available. I've seen a dog of mine eat a 12kg bag of dry food in a day when it got into the food cupboard while I was at work. (My fault, forgot to close the door).
He looked like a beach ball when I got home, I thought he was ill until I went to feed him and there was no dry food left in the bag
Best suggestion is to monitor their weight and adjust up or down accordingly. I still feed my dogs twice a day and just split the daily ration in two. I find it does as Datacan says and reduces the hunger pangs halfway through the day.