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Is my dog Kara too thin

We've had Kara now for 1 year. We feed her 3 meals per day, 1 cup of James Wellbeloved morning, noon and night.

She always seems hungry and tells us she's hungry but we are feeding her the recommended amount.

She's also extremely hyper, which I know is a trait of Goldens.

She also gets walked at 6am and 4pm for half an hour each time and at the weekends she gets a long run in the park.

She just seems very thin, should we be feeding her something else?
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HI, welcome to the forum, lovely to have you and Kara here. It may be helpful to post some photos of her and to give us her weight but most importantly have you asked your vets opinion? If you popped in I doubt they would charge just for a weight check with the nurse, our surgery has scales in the waiting area and if we are concerned we can just ask a nurses advice at reception? Pups go through an amzingly lanky stage which can vary in age and length but yiu coukd ask your breeder too, you may find one of her parents did the same? Normally by this age they have been changed to two meals a day too, perhaps she may settle better with two larger meals a day and an extra playtime at lunchtime or a kong filled with something frozen that will take her a while to get out and also use some mental energy which can be as exhausting as physical exercise. This could be good if she tends to be a hyper pup too.
Please feel free to visit us in the UK section too where you will also find a friendly bunch and advice will be country specific.
Another thought, has Kara been wormed regularly? And is she from a working line or show line? Working lines tend to be higher energy dogs, it could be she needs a working dog type food, something I have been looking at for my dog who although is from show lines doesnt tend to be a major food lover so struggles to keep on his weight! You wouodnt think so though at 83lbs but hes big and looks too ribby very quickly! Sorry, so many questions but theres so many possibilities!
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Nice to see another UK member here. We are just 90 miles from you

We have a year old girl who is also quite thin. However our 4 year boy was also thin at this age and our vet thought they were best this way. Our boy is 100% working lines and our girl is half and half.

Do you have any photos?
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I'm thinking that thin is better. Easier on the entire body... the joints and the heart.

2 of mine, the girls, are NOT thin.... and they always appear to be hungry and they are both extremely food motivated.

The 3rd, our boy, is not as intersted in food. Some might describe him as thin but I think of him as just right. Often he will skip a meal... or save it for much later in the day.

The actual 'right weight' is determined by the height of the dog and the body structure. But an easy guide might be this. I think that you should be able to feel the dog's ribs but not be able to see them.

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