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Old 11-14-2012, 12:40 PM
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The first picture of your girl shows that she has a nice waist. What is her name? I think her weight is close to ideal. Our Elliot is a tall boy too, 27 inches at the shoulders. His ideal weight is 85 lbs. It is important to keep the big dogs lean to reduce joint problems. We feed Elliot 3 cups of grain-free Fromm a day and he eats fast too. Roxy is our poop eater but she looses interest if I keep the yard clean.
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Am adding a link to this chart. It will help you evaluate her body on an ongoing basis and you tweak her intake accordingly. I find it very helpful: http://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com.../dog_chart.pdf
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Food thoughts

Hello Chaos,

My Ryley was 27.5 inches... Very tall - at his heaviest he was 86 and with that frame never looked tubby.

Have you thought about raw feeding? With extra veggies? Ryley was not hungry but the raw improved his coat and eyes and seemed to fill him up. His ideal weight of 74 - 76 he was eating 3/4pound mixed raw twice a day.

At 72 he was skinny with ribs sticking out - this is in case anyone says he was overweight in any of the 70 lb range..
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Thanks guys!

Her name is Honey... and she is definitely a very happy girl. I could (and do!) learn a lot from her on a daily basis about living in the moment, gratitude, patience and the list goes on. They are such great companions.

It's silly that I didn't immediately start thinking about changes I might've made around the time that I began noticing a shift in her mood/behavior. I was actually thinking of my other dog (also a Golden) who has been EXTREMELY itchy... this started around the same time I began noticing changes in Honey's mannerisms. I switched the variety of food I was giving them from Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream formula to TOTW High Prairie right around that time as well. I think I'm going to try switching them back to see if that resolves the issue. Of course if it doesn't, Honey will have to take a trip over to the vet... much to her displeasure.
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Thanks guys!

Her name is Honey... and she is definitely a very happy girl. I could (and do!) learn a lot from her on a daily basis about living in the moment, gratitude, patience and the list goes on. They are such great companions.

It's silly that I didn't immediately start thinking about changes I might've made around the time that I began noticing a shift in her mood/behavior. I was actually thinking of my other dog (also a Golden) who has been EXTREMELY itchy... this started around the same time I began noticing changes in Honey's mannerisms. I switched the variety of food I was giving them from Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream formula to TOTW High Prairie right around that time as well. I think I'm going to try switching them back to see if that resolves the issue. Of course if it doesn't, Honey will have to take a trip over to the vet... much to her displeasure.
Re the itchiness, search for "ACV" (organic Apple Cider Vinegar) here on the Forum. There are quite a few links. ACV is excellent for any/all itchies, and can be added to their food and swabbed on their skin/fur.
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Just wanted to mention: I have been feeding the same food for quite a while. My female golden mix needed to lose a little weight so I reduced her food. What I didn't realize was that, at about the same time I reduced her food, the company had changed the food and reduced the calories. Of course the 'new' packaging was very similar to the old packaging, so there was nothing to 'alert' me to the change. Poor girl got double 'whammied' and yes, it certainly changed her behavior! she was not a happy camper.
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I think every dog is different and it depends on the food too. When we had Sawyer on TOTW (Lamb) he was so skinny so we upped his food to 4 cups a day and he just didn't seem to put on any weight. He is also very active.

We switched him to Acana and he gets 3 cups a day and is now holding a steady weight of 68lbs. I think he was 61-62 before the food switch. I think you just have to try different things and find out what works for you.

And Sawyer always acts like he is starving too. In fact he won't let us sleep in on the weekends until he is fed his breakfast promptly at 6am. He will paw at us and whine until he gets fed. Then he can go back to sleep and so can we.
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Thanks everyone! I'm just about to head out to the store to pick up a bag of Acana (gonna try something different ), but I wanted to post a picture of Honey from above (boy is she hard to catch holding still!)... I think she's put on a couple pounds since summer. Clearly my fault!

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Thank you for helping me figure out what could be going on with my girl.
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She looks like she's a healthy weight to me. I'm no expert though.


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They LOVED the Acana. Hopefully it loves them back!
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