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Vet says I’m tubby

Just a small little mini rant....
vet says Bonnie is to heavy 😕
Saturday she’ll be 18 weeks and she’s 31.6 pounds.
But she’s still super ribby. I guess I shouldn’t have been going off of that.
She gets a lot of exercise and we’re feeding her two meals a day. She takes her nap mid day and seems to prefer two larger than three small. And we’re actually feeding her less than the RC large breed puppy food suggests. She gets 1 1/2 cup at each meal. So 3 cups all together.
Snack wise (she gets her snacks while we eat dinner) she eats Greek yogurt or her puzzles with dried chicken. And the Greek yogurt is in a kong so it’s not like it’s tons!
She also has a Himalayan cheese chew and pork chomps for her teeth but the cheese chew she barely gets any off of.

I tell the vet all this and he says more exercise (which she’s exhausted from the exercise we do I don’t think I can do more without pushing her to hard) and that we must be over filling the cup measure -_-
I’m at a loss for what to do except keep doing what I’m doing and maybe her growth will slow down?
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I was looking for something else, but found Moe's vet record from a visit at 4 1/2 months today. He was 30 lbs. Moe is not by any means a large male. He's 17 months old now and is 61 lbs. To give you a comparison my older, heavier boned Golden was 79 lbs at 2 years old. Duke, the older one is currently 71 lbs and he's honestly a little thin. They are both really muscular, get tons of exercise. I am a stickler for them not being overweight. Moe could be 65 lbs comfortably, but I'm keeping him on the smaller side due to joint concerns.

Females should be smaller then males, but I'm not sure about during the puppy stages. Maybe someone else will answer.
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Here's a chart for comparison (from the net)


My 5 month old girl had big parents and she is about 36 lbs now.
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Tomo at 18 weeks was 38.8 lbs. He is a boy and pretty large though! (when we got him at 8.5 weeks he was 14.5 lbs). The vet didn't ask me to cut back his food, though she called him a chonk lol.

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Tomo at 18 weeks was 38.8 lbs. He is a boy and pretty large though! (when we got him at 8.5 weeks he was 14.5 lbs). The vet didn't ask me to cut back his food, though she called him a chonk lol.
That makes me feel a little better. I was actually considering upping her food until the vet said she’s over weight . She always acts like she’s dying for just a little more (but she could just be greedy!)
She doesn’t look heavy tho which is throwing me off.
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Here's a chart for comparison (from the net)


My 5 month old girl had big parents and she is about 36 lbs now.
Thank you. Her mom looked big for a female but i didn’t know if that was because she just had babies
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I was looking for something else, but found Moe's vet record from a visit at 4 1/2 months today. He was 30 lbs. Moe is not by any means a large male. He's 17 months old now and is 61 lbs. To give you a comparison my older, heavier boned Golden was 79 lbs at 2 years old. Duke, the older one is currently 71 lbs and he's honestly a little thin. They are both really muscular, get tons of exercise. I am a stickler for them not being overweight. Moe could be 65 lbs comfortably, but I'm keeping him on the smaller side due to joint concerns.

Females should be smaller then males, but I'm not sure about during the puppy stages. Maybe someone else will answer.
Thank you! I’m actually taking her to see her parents and sister soon so I’ll talk to the breeder and see what size her sister is
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I wish I knew my pups siblings! Aidan is now 51lbs at 6months old. Iím not sure how big heíll be when heís full grown. You probably just have a big girl if you can see her ribs. Do you have any pics? It would be fun to see your baby girl! I wouldnít worry about it if she looks lean to you!
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Here's the chart for the Body Condition System that shows what an ideal figure for a dog looks like and well, I've apparently always had slightly overweight pooches in the past! With our current bitch, I've tried my best to keep her on the leaner side; the below pic was her at about 5 months old and something like 44 pounds, 19 or so inches tall.

The thing about weight is that all dogs, just as humans, can carry it differently and have it proportioned in various ways. That's why to me the chart is super helpful is showing what a pup/dog should look like ideally.
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Our eyes are accustomed to overweight dogs so it's really difficult to accurately assess weight - especially with all that GR fluff.

You want to see a defined waist tuck as shown in rtboswell's photo. You should be able to easily feel the ribs but not see them.

Allowing our dogs to be overweight is very hard on their bones, joints, kidneys and increases their risk for cancer. Keeping them lean is really in their best interest and it has the added benefit of making training quite easy because they're so food motivated.

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