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!
Last edited by barnabus; 10-07-2011 at 05:04 PM.
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
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.
"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"
Do you have a current photo of Allie?
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"!
Last edited by barnabus; 10-07-2011 at 12:08 PM.
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.
sooooo......Does she look overweight to any of yall?
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.
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.