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    My girl Allie is now six months old and is 66 lbs.I have been going by the feeding directions on the bag and when I went to the vet they asked how much I was feeding her.Currently she gets 2.5 cups of feed twice a day. 1/2 at 6:00am and the other half at 6:00pm.I know dog food mfg. want to sell more dog food but what amount should I actually feed her? I dont want her to go hungry.She always cleans her bowl right then.Thanks!
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    did the vet said her current weight was good? Or that she needed to lose a few pounds?
    if her weight is good and stable, I would keep feeding what you are feeding. If the vet said she could lose a few, then slowly reduce the amount you are feeding.

    How much to feed a particular dog depends on the food, the dog and their system, as well as their exercise level. While bags do generally suggest more than necessary - that again depends on the dog.

    oh and labs are always hungry and always clean up their bowl - that doesn't mean they are starving, it means they are a lab
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    Wow-66 lbs at 6 months is alot of weight on those growing joints.
    IMO 5 cups a day is a little too much. You need to slow that growth down a little or risk joint issues in the future.

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    "oh and labs are always hungry and always clean up their bowl - that doesn't mean they are starving, it means they are a lab"
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    Do you have a current photo of Allie?

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    Here is a current photo of my Allie @ 6 months taken today. She is an English Lab so are they suppose to be a little heavier? Only thing the vet said is that it looks like she will be a "big girl"!



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    Quote Originally Posted by barnabus View Post
    Here is a current photo of my Allie @ 6 months taken today. She is an English Lab so are they suppose to be a little heavier? Only thing the vet said is that it looks like she will be a "big girl"!



    She's beautiful!!!
    My girl Java is also an English lab..she was 55 lbs at 5 months, 63 lbs at 6 months. She developed pano...she was growing too fast putting too much pressure on her growing joints. We switched her to adult food to slow her growth down.

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    No dog of any breed or mix or type should ever be heavy.

    When they say confirmation line are bigger they generally mean they have a bigger structure - that the bones that make th chest are in a wider shape.

    You should be able to feel a dogs ribs pretty easily. If you cannot or really have to push in to feel them, then your dog is overweight.

    5 cups a day is Alot of food but again, that can depend on the dog and how much exercise they get.
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    sooooo......Does she look overweight to any of yall?

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    Can you feel her ribs at all?

    It can be impossible to tell from photos - did your vet SAY she should loose weight?

    If you can get a photo from right above we may be able to help - but again it is best to judge in person.
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    The vet did not say she needed to lose weight,only smiled and made the comment that she will be a big girl.Im feeding her puppy food.There is so much conflicting advice about when to switch from puppy to adult. You can feel her ribs if ya work at it I guess but her coat is thick so I dont know.Here is a pic from above.


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