I admit it I feed my dogs left overs....gasp call the authorities! They are added to the daily kibble and I do so for a very specific reason, it will always be very possible that your RR will dig through a trash can, or scarf something from the side walk. If they are only allowed a kibble diet or even a RAW diet they will have a "reaction". Between the Gas and torn up stomachs it simply is not worth keeping them 100% away from the undesirable foods. And as much as we travel I can pretty much guarantee they will find the bones to a chicken wing order or a half eaten sandwich some where.
I will not push one brand of kibble over another. And I won't jump in on the Kibble vs Raw debate. There are wonderful reasons for both. As life and the economy changes I think it is more important to focus on feeding the best quality feed you can afford. I have certain guidelines I stick to and I will share those with you. I try to feed only a high quality kibble with as few grains as possible. Corn, wheat, soy and white rice are considered hot carbs and they are thought to promote tumor growth . I feed once a day, in the AM. To which I add a dollop of plain low fat yogurt with a sprinkle of Tumeric, a spice known to retard or eliminate tumors and growths. Lots of Vitamin C, D and Zinc. I include eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, olive oil, folic acid, Liver and the water it was boiled in,molasses, other meats and on a rare occasions brown rice. I prefer oatmeal and potatoes, ( sweet and white) for the bulk fiber items. While my dogs do get very, very small amounts of the bad grains I make sure they have a ton of homemade treats to get them through the day.
It is often hard to see your dog's weight with a novice eye. So I thought photos of dogs who are loved and well cared for would better illustrate the issue. It does not matter how otherwise perfect the dog is, if they are not carrying the right weight it is nearly impossible to get a judge to look cross eyed at them. One of the most important tips I can give is do not chase a Number on a Scale, rather chase a look that shows your hound at their best . If you have questions please contact us, we would be happy to help you find the answer. You can send me a photo of your dog , from the top and from the side, please try to keep their body straight in the snapshot as that allows the line of their body to basically speak for it's self.
It is far more common for a dog to be obese than for it to be too thin in a loving home. Don't worry I am not going to begin rolling out photo after photo of dogs in deplorable conditions. and God Bless them they keep on keeping on ! I also am not about to stomp my foot and shake my finger in your cyber face. Instead I will give you an honest opinion of your dog's current weight.
Before we get into the photos let me explain a lean to thin dog will be healthier MOST of the time. They do not stress joints in the manner many other dogs will. A lean pup is one who , will grow slowly and allow the optimum knitting of joints . Most overweight dogs have a tendency to Pano, an inflammation of the joints, it slowly but surely wears down the ball and socket of all of their joints. The down side to lean pups is they have zero to gamble in the event of even a minor illness . Having that extra 5 pounds +/- could mean the difference between a show career and a total couch potato. I plead guilty to having butterballs the first few weeks of their life . By the time they go to their new family and home they are healthy leaner fur kids.
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