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        03-26-2014, 09:46 PM
      #11
    Trained
    He actually looks fairly healthy weight wise. He looks like he's taken the Great Dane shape body wise. Long and lean.

    I wouldn't worry about packing the pounds onto him.

    Is he neutered?
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        03-26-2014, 09:47 PM
      #12
    Foal
    He was on performance food, which was one of the higher fat/protiens I could find. Plus puppy food. The issue is he doesn't like much food wise. The lamb and rice I have him on is lower in protein but he ALWAYS cleans it up. With the other he wouldn't touch it sometimes. And I'm now moving some Large Breed Puppy (blue buffalo) into the mix. And out of curiosity he's getting a tablespoon of Calf Manna as well. To see what it will do
         
        03-26-2014, 09:47 PM
      #13
    Foal
    You can feel his spine =(
         
        03-26-2014, 09:48 PM
      #14
    Foal
    And not yet fixed no... that's next. First I want him healthy
         
        03-26-2014, 09:51 PM
      #15
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by ToManyHorsesAndOnePony    
    You can feel his spine =(
    Better to be a little underweight then overweight. As he ages, his metabolism will slow and he will gain more weight. He's certainly not starving. And he's telling you when he's full by not eating all his food when you supply him with too much.

    I wouldn't force the issue and make him eat. That's how dogs get fat and unhealthy.
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        03-26-2014, 09:54 PM
      #16
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by ToManyHorsesAndOnePony    
    And not yet fixed no... that's next. First I want him healthy
    When you fix him, he will gain weight. No doubt. Neutering them affects their hormones and he will put on 8-10 pounds within 6 months.

    Our lab was 2-1/2 when we neutered him. He was 90 pounds, lean and fit. Within 6 months, he was 99 pounds and got put on a diet. He "lives" for food.

    Really...your boy is just fine. And will be even better when his man-hood is taken away.
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        03-26-2014, 09:56 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    He does look a bit ribby - in the first pic you can see the bottom of his ribs. But honestly, he looks really good otherwise. He doesn't need too much more, if you can get another 10-15 pounds he'd be perfect.

    The lighting isn't perfect but from the top down pic he looks fine too, it doesn't look like his spine sticks out. Feeling it is usually fine (especially for the long lean Dane body) but showing it is not. Sort of like horses, feeling ribs well is fine, seeing them is not.

    I'd focus on just finding a food he likes and stick to that. If he likes the lamb and rice, give him extra lamb and rice. First and foremost is to get him to a weight you like, but don't fret about it - he's not unhealthily or dangerously skinny.

    Also, he's GORGEOUS. :)

    ETA: ClaPorte is right. Neutering should give him a good 10 pounds.
         
        03-26-2014, 10:05 PM
      #18
    Started
    Yup, I find him underweight. I have one like that that has to be fed performance feed, high carb. He, like your dog, won't eat a more than a certain amount no matter what.
    I feed him Diamond feed, its the only thing that works, with canned food and fast track.
    Satin balls treats (search recipe online) are often recommended for such weight issues.
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        03-26-2014, 10:07 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    4-Health isn't a terrible food but it is manufactured by Diamond. They have had many, many issues with quality control.

    Do you have Earthborn or Fromm available near you?
         
        03-26-2014, 10:11 PM
      #20
    Showing
    I agree with the vet, he is a good weight for a young dog. A little rib is good. They seem to pack on the pounds quickly as they get older and that's not good. The back bone may disappear when his muscles are toned. Are you running him daily with a bicycle or other good exercise where he's encouraged to go flat out at times?
         
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