CoCo, who is 3 years old, was experiencing some stiffness and soreness after some weekend-warrior type activities on our nearby trails. We took her to the vet, who put her on glucosamine supplements and told us to drop her weight.
In December she was around 28kgs (61lbs)... this past Saturday she was down to 24.8kgs (54.5 lbs). The vet wants to see her down another kg, to about 52lbs.
Does that seem low to you guys? I think she looks pretty good now. I'll have to post a pic, but she has definitely slimmed down, narrows at the waist. Anyone here have a healthy lab under 55lbs?
Edit to add pics (measured her, she is about 21.5"):
Last edited by CoCosMom; 03-19-2009 at 07:23 PM.
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Depends on her build and height, I guess. That does seem light to me though but I'm certainly not an expert by any means.
Toby's more than twice that, but our vet says he's at the right weight for his build - of course, he's a giant, too!
Yikes, I don't know who Coco's parents are, but I remember you saying she was show bred. That would be a very petite labby for sure. I would be apalled if any of my puppy buyers called and told me that my pups were 55lbs.
Do you have a photo?
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You should be able to just feel the ribs with out digging for them to much and not be able to see them. Here is a chart that might help.
52lbs sounds very slight for a full grown adult.
Pictures would be good...
cissy was/is about 55 lbs.; anything more is too much on her. she is "compact" compared to zoe who is around 62 lbs. remembering coco's pics and being a small puppy; it would make sense. my vet also feels less is better in labbies.
HK is 56 lbs. and the vet is super happy with her weight. I thought she looked good at 61 lbs., but was told no.
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Abbey isn't full Lab but she tips the scale between 42 and 45 lbs. She's way too active and high strung to keep a lot of weight on her and she's not a big eater, either, so she's very thin but muscular.
I think it really depends on the dog.. Abbey would look like a cow if she gained 10 pounds
cinder is 50 but small she should be at least 57-60 with good muscle tone