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He looks great!
For me it is all about activity. In the winter DH and I are much less active so we cut back on the food because the dogs suffer our wimpy can't go out when it is so cold moods. In the summer they are ACTIVE so we up their food to make sure they do not suffer there either. We fluctuate between 1 cup twice daily to 1.5 daily.
Teddi recently got a bit 'heavy' on TOTW because it was so rich, and we got a bit focused on getting Belle through her ordeal not exercising as much. We cut her back to 1 cup, changed her food to Blue Chicken & Brown Rice, and she looks GREAT again. We plan to walk the dogs to the vet and weigh them once the humidity dips below 90% and temp below 99.
My lab Belle got REALLY skinny after her FCE she lost literally 10 pounds in 10 days. We upped her to a hefty 1.5 twice a day. She was REALLY active up north recently but not sure at home we will be able to maintain her at that activity level. She gained her weight back, I think we may need to cut her a bit. She will never be as active as she was. She has gained the 10 back I am pretty sure. Our vet said to get her back up.
It is a constant adjustment in our house. Our puppy is a bit thinner she is still burning calories growing. She is 8 months. I am reluctant to feed her more she is a lab, but I don't want her too thin either. I can still feel but not see her ribs unless she stretches on the floor. They do tend to 'mature' and fill out between 12-24 months of age, grow "up" the first 12.
Oh we also feed a fair amount of treats at home for a variety of reasons. You need to factor that into food quantities.
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