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I know with Cushings Disease in ponies, we had to watch their weight. The way the disease effects them knocks everything out of whack.
Weight in pounds is very dependent on an individual. Like people posted before you need to post pictures from the side and top down (straight) if you want our help. I have two adult dogs, one is a lab. She is HUGE!!!!! Stands 27" tall, and is a skinny 85# You can see her spine, feel her ribs, see them when she moves. She has a waist, and a beautiful belly tuck. That may not happen with your dog because of the disease.
Teddi my golden, is taller than standard, she is 24" tall and only 60#. We keep her on the skinny side of normal, she has joint issues. Extra weight makes any joint issue, exaggerated. She has a very narrow waist, her too you can see her spine, but also see her ribs a bit easier than my lab, except for the fact she has more hair.
If your dog is smaller, 20-22" I agree her weight range probably should be 50-60 pounds.
Her disease makes her hungry all the time. I recommend green beans (frozen) for filler treats. Baby carrots work too, but you have to be careful with them as carrots naturally contain sugar. It is something your dog can put in their stomach with out adding calories. You can also put a 1/2 - 1 cup in their food too. It is hard to put a dog on a diet. I know, I got 30# off my lab. We humanize it and give in to the big brown eyes. The truth is just like ourselves we are NOT doing them a service, over feeding them. I heard once, not sure it is true but puts into perspective, that for every pound a dog is overweight, it is the equivalent of 10 pounds on a human.
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