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Old 04-10-2018, 04:46 PM
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Is she too skinny?

Hi! We have had a two year old hound mix for a little under a month. She was 45 pounds at the vet last week. She was 55 pounds at the vet in October according to her records from the previous owner. I'm just wondering if she's too thin? I know Greyhound mixes are very trim but to me she's too skinny, all ribs showing, tail bones, bones in front. Thoughts?
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:15 PM
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I would say she is, yes. My usual rule is being able to feel the ribs but not see them.

Is she eating ok? Has she been wormed? If the answer to both is yes, I would take to a vet for a check.
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Greyhounds, and most short smooth coated sight hounds, you'll be able to see the ribs, faintly, under the coat when they are at the correct weight.

Your dog looks to be slightly underweight, but it's really hard to judge from those pictures. To get a better idea I'd need a top line picture when she is standing, and a picture from the side when she's standing.

When a dog is at proper weight they should have a visible waist when they are standing and the person is viewing them from above. When viewed from the side the belly should tuck up. When a person runs his hands over the dogs side they should be able to faintly feel the ribs and backbone. To get an idea how it should feel make a fist and run your other hand over it.
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She was wormed before I think. She's two now so hasn't been recently. She is an extremely picky eater. At first we thought she'd just only eat expensive food (grain free etc etc) and she did some but then I bought kibbles and bits on a whim and she ate that for a few days but doesn't really now. She will eat people food...meat, cheese, etc,so I'm not sure if she just needs canned food or really what to do. She went to the vet last week for an ear infection and he didn't mention her weight being an issue but maybe bc he was distracted with all the ear stuff idk

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I would say she is, yes. My usual rule is being able to feel the ribs but not see them.

Is she eating ok? Has she been wormed? If the answer to both is yes, I would take to a vet for a check.
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Are these better? This is from when we first got her and I think she has lost since then.

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Greyhounds, and most short smooth coated sight hounds, you'll be able to see the ribs, faintly, under the coat when they are at the correct weight.

Your dog looks to be slightly underweight, but it's really hard to judge from those pictures. To get a better idea I'd need a top line picture when she is standing, and a picture from the side when she's standing.

When a dog is at proper weight they should have a visible waist when they are standing and the person is viewing them from above. When viewed from the side the belly should tuck up. When a person runs his hands over the dogs side they should be able to faintly feel the ribs and backbone. To get an idea how it should feel make a fist and run your other hand over it.
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If the two you just posted are from when you got her I'd say she was at her ideal weight then, and losing 10 lbs would mean she's most likely underweight.

Is there any reason for the weight loss?
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Not really sure. Other than not wanting to eat her food. The previous owner said she was really picky and would go two days without eating the dog food sometimes. She basically did not eat that one they gave us at all. We bought a grain free high end one and she ate it for like.. Two days.. Then was over it and then I bought cheap kibbles and bits and she actually ate three bowls at once one day and then regular amounts for a day or two after, but then kinda stopped wanting it as well. She will eat most table food that she's offered (in an attempt to get her to eat something) but the previous owner says they didn't feed her human food so idk. She seems pretty unhappy sometimes but other times seems fine. I wish I could find a food she'd happily eat up every time.

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If the two you just posted are from when you got her I'd say she was at her ideal weight then, and losing 10 lbs would mean she's most likely underweight.

Is there any reason for the weight loss?
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I agree, I think she looks good in the original photos but too thin now. If she is losing weight and not eating she should get checked out (if she's underweight she should have a good appetite)
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My dog looks very the same as your dog. I took him to vet and then they said that the cause of sudden weight loss of my dog is due to thyroid problem and tapeworms or other parasites. Is your dog eating well? Maybe you should bring him to vet to know if he has a physical issues or whatsoever.
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