05-08-2012, 06:04 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
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i feel like a terrible owner if she might be a lot underweight still
Don't! Based on that photo, her ribs aren't very visible and her underside does not tuck up too much. Could it be some hair? Yes. But she doesn't look even close to "a lot underweight". Again, it's not her WEIGHT that is important. Have the vet or a tech quickly feel her body tomorrow and have them give you a Body Condition Score. Anywhere from 4-6 (out of 9) is okay. Your goal should be to have her at a 4 or 5 as an adult.
Listen, every dog is different. My mom got a lot of side comments about Holly's weight when she was younger because Holly is a naturally thin dog. Always has been, and hopefully always will be. It is also a fact that there are soooo many fat dogs nowadays that most people don't know what a "fit" dog is supposed to look like. Holly is fit. Our little dog... well, not so much... lol. Based on the breed your dog probably is, it would be BETTER for her in the long run to be slightly underweight. NOT saying she doesn't need a lot of nutrients as she's growing, but your goal should not be to make her appear chunky at any stage of her life.