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        03-26-2014, 11:53 PM
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    He looks good, certainly not starving or skin and bones. He may not have much 'topline' and his spine is easily felt, but making him pudgy isn't a good way to fix that- he needs good exercise and to build muscle to change that in a healthy manner. Muscle him up and he'll look better/fitter without getting fat. As he ages, I'd expect him to put on a few more pounds, quicker if you neuter him, but dogs are supposed to have a waist when viewed from above! Extra weight is hard on the big guys, and crippling arthritis is a common quality of life factor as they age, better to be a little light and live longer.
         
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        03-27-2014, 04:05 AM
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    I had huge issues keeping weight on my border mix through the years. He like yours would max out at six cups a day. Reading nutrition labels became a second job. He did best on the raw diet but it wasn't ideal with my little one on the way. He is also algeric to corn which cut out all of the commercial weight supplements that were available at the time. Even at seven he is lean but finally do not get nasty comments taking him out. To clarify when he was younger in full blown fly ball training he looked like an off the track greyhound weight wise.

    He will look awesome with more muscle tone now but his weight doesn't look horrible. I personally would try to cut back on the canned food as ime its much less nutrionally dense. If he needs the canned stay away from puppy food or senior foods especially the large breed puppy foods. The highest protein/fats are found in salmon and duck based foods.

    On race weekends or when he was looking raggy and he needed more I kept a small bag of solid golds dry kitten food that I would soak as a topper. A little went a long way and helped him focus on eating while we were in hotels or tents.

    Hope that helps a little and his metabolism will slow down eventually. I know its frustrating but his health with be better in the long run staying at a healthy weight
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        03-27-2014, 09:00 AM
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    Don't look for high protein feeds. This boy hasn't finished growing and a too high protein diet promotes fast growth, which doesn't enable proper bone growth ( hip dysplasia ). Despite what the bag says, to me it reads trash from the processing plants. Chicken is usually the offal that humans don't eat, ground up to mush and dried. Don't go by fancy labels and expensive brands, research what you are buying. My large dog did fine on Walmarts Old Roy altho he often got cooked veggies, canned salmon or tuna without the salty juices and real meat scraps. The dog food made up when there wasn't enough of the others. Even as an old dog his coat shone and he wasn't stinky.
         
        03-27-2014, 09:02 AM
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    Don't look for high protein feeds. This boy hasn't finished growing and a too high protein diet promotes fast growth, which doesn't enable proper bone growth ( hip dysplasia ). Despite what the bag says, to me it reads trash from the processing plants. Chicken is usually the offal that humans don't eat, ground up to mush and dried. Don't go by fancy labels and expensive brands, research what you are buying. My large dog did fine on Walmarts Old Roy altho he often got cooked veggies, canned salmon or tuna without the salty juices and real meat scraps. The dog food made up when there wasn't enough of the others. Even as an old dog his coat shone and he wasn't stinky.
    The dog is 4 years old...? As stated by OP in the original post.
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        03-27-2014, 07:06 PM
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    I'm not sure about great danes, but mastiffs don't mature until at least 4, some older.
         
        03-27-2014, 09:37 PM
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    Green Broke
    My doberman was that same build till she hit 4. She now doesn't look ribby and only eats 1 cup of taste of the wild prairie grain free dry food. Fat is not healthy and if you could get muscle on him that would make him look much much better. I personally rather my dogs especially large breeds to be thinner rather then overweight because of joint and hip problems.
         
        03-27-2014, 09:52 PM
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    Green Broke
    I feed mine so that they have food that last throughout the night into the next day. But my dogs are usually out and get to run on 10 acres, and a sick dog is a skinny dog
         
        03-27-2014, 11:14 PM
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Don't look for high protein feeds. This boy hasn't finished growing and a too high protein diet promotes fast growth, which doesn't enable proper bone growth ( hip dysplasia ). Despite what the bag says, to me it reads trash from the processing plants. Chicken is usually the offal that humans don't eat, ground up to mush and dried. Don't go by fancy labels and expensive brands, research what you are buying. My large dog did fine on Walmarts Old Roy altho he often got cooked veggies, canned salmon or tuna without the salty juices and real meat scraps. The dog food made up when there wasn't enough of the others. Even as an old dog his coat shone and he wasn't stinky.
    The issue isn't high protein, it's the proper balance of calcium and phosphorus.

    And IMO the only food worse than Ol' Roy is Science Diet.
         
        03-28-2014, 12:45 AM
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    The issue isn't high protein, it's the proper balance of calcium and phosphorus.

    And IMO the only food worse than Ol' Roy is Science Diet.
    Science Diet is just expensive Ol'Roy. Blah!
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        03-28-2014, 01:37 AM
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    Green Broke
    You couldn't pay me to feed Science Diet or Ol'Roy! I'm sure some dogs do fine on it, just like some people eat like crap, pickle their liver in alcohol and live to be 100. Won't find me trying that either!

    He looks to be a great dane build and they are much "thinner" looking than a stout Mastiff.

    I once had a vet look at my dog and go "OMG that is the fattest boxer I have ever seen!!" Yeah, because he's a BULLMASTIFF!

    I often gave healthy treats in-between meals to pack weight on my Bullmastiff since he had cancer and dropped weight fast when he didn't feel 100%. Hardboiled eggs, shredded chicken (I'd boil a whole chicken), meaty bones and so on. I have a farm so eggs, chickens and meaty bones are plentiful.
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