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Question Pup over-fed while on short vacation!

My pup Aidan turned 5mo old toda. My husband and I left Thursday to go on a short trip and came back today(Sunday). Just 3 days! Aidan knows my in laws as he goes over to their farm with us often during the week for visits. My father in law is always remarking that he looks too thin. He was never too thin, but just where he was supposed to be. His Doc even says he looks to be a perfect weight. I gave them complete typed out, detailed instructions when we left on feeding, etc. Took his entire 2week supply plastic food bin with measuring scoop included. After just 3 days when my hubby and I saw him, we were shocked at how big and stocky he looked. He’s probably at least 5lbs overweight now! They had given him almost the entire container of food! It must have been triple what I told them to feed him. We weighed him and he’s now 45lbs. We can tell he doesn’t want to play like he normally does and just is lying around. My in-laws dog, border collie, is about 20lbs overweight. I don’t know what to do now about leaving him there in the future! I can only imagine if it had been a full week or more. I’m not happy about this, but it is what it is now, and I was thinking that I’d cut his normal feeding from 4 cups a day to 3 cups until he looses a few lbs. Is that what y’all would recommend?

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Can you provide pics? Before and after... but at least provide a pic of what he looks like.

My personal thing is that dogs don't "blimp" up from being overfed over just a couple days. It's more likely that being out of town and coming back - you're noticing more about your dog that was already there.

45 pounds btw seems underweight for 6 months. That's where providing a pic can help.

4 cups btw seems like a ton. My dogs only get a couple cups a day total.

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Sorry yíall, he just turned 5mo old today exactly, not 6! Iíll post a few photos of him tomorrow for comparison and edit my original post to correct! He.s sleeping in his kennel right now and itís hard to get a good pic.
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If you need to have them keep him again, put each days food in a zip lock bag with a note stapled to it for the day, i.e., Monday Breakfast, Monday Dinner, etc. Only take enough food for the number of days he will be there.

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I cannot imagine your boy gained 5 pounds in only 3 days. He may be growing, however. 5 months of age is peak growth time for a Golden. Our Rocky is fully grown now at age two. He looks perfect at 75 pounds. At 5 months he weighed 45 pounds. I would not worry about your boy.
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It’s crazy im so picky about Aidan! I never had kids, and this is the 1st dog I’ve been responsible for. I just want the best for him. I’m sure I’m overreacting, but I didn’t want to put him on some strict diet and starve our boy! I just want him to be as healthy as possible! Can someone tell me again how to post the photos? I have an iPad and can’t figure out how to post on that without a url..
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I just posted a picture of Max this way in my original post. Select go advanced. Select the paperclip for attachments. Select photos and then select the photo you want and then upload. Select preview to see your work. Then post it. I just did this on my iPad.
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Over feeding like that for just 3 days isn't going to put 5lbs on your dog. But what will happen by over feeding that much will likely give your pup gas and loose stools. He probably not a playful as he's got an upset belly and just generally doesn't feel well. It should pass in a couple of days.

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The first 2 are the day before the trip, last 3 are from today. It may be hard to see in the pics but his waist is larger, and his legs more stocky. He’s not fat, but I still can’t believe they gave him almost the whole food container. I’m sure I’m overreacting. He’s still just laying around and not acting like his hyper self. Maybe like you said, he just needs to recover. Thanks for the replies.
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Looks the same to me in all the photos. Handsome boy.
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