Springer Spaniel who's ribs you can see

by Dave
(Liverpool)

I have a six month springer spaniel dog.


I have fed him dry food since I got him.
He is very active but will eat all the time if I let him.

You can see his ribs, I think it is because he has not gotten a full coat yet but my wife thinks he is under weight.

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
Have you tried feeding him on an Active Dog Food? These are designed for dogs like springer spaniels who burn a lot of calories every day.

If that doesn't work he could have worms. DO you worm him often?

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Nov 11, 2011
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Weight NEW
by: Blacheborne

Good advice already given.....but also dont worry too much, better thin than fat and your dog is still a baby. I always say as a rule of thumb year one for adult height, and year 2 for weight.
Paul.

Sep 02, 2011
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re too thin
by: Shara ( Torwind)

I would try chenging the food to a premium food- the fog neds to eat less to get more as it were and there is less waste- my personal favourites, well my dog's favourites are Arden Grange lamb abd rice and Burns fish, although I feed raw food too and but if preffering the ddried food, i would change that. I see worms has been mentioned too, which pups need to be wormed every month for the first 6 months and then eevery 3 months- could be abit of both.

My girl rosie used to be too thin for my liking in those teeneage months but after trying chicken, tripe etc and getting an appetite back, she now eats anything and now, we have to cut back on her food as she is a bit podgy!!

Sep 02, 2011
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FOOD
by: amanda

we have always fed our dogson beta and i have a 18 month , 16 month and a 9 month and they have always got a good weight on them u want to try it

Sep 02, 2011
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Beta
by: Anonymous

My dog was the same. I switched his food to beta which was recommended by a breeder and now he's put on weight to healthy size.

Sep 02, 2011
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Vet Check and More Nutrients
by: Anonymous

If you can see your dog's ribs, he's probably not recieving enough nutrition. As mentioned in the previous post, definitely get him vet checked. I have had 12 dogs now and I have never fed only kibble. It is impossible for any processed dog food to provide every necessary nutrient all the time. I'd consider adding a nutritional powder (here in America two good ones are Wysong's Addlife, or Nupro), and upping his kibble ratio. And yes, the more active a dog is, the more they'll need to eat. My dogs should only get 1 cup of kibble (because I mix in raw patties) a day, but I often have to up that due to their activity levels. Again, let me emphasize that you should not be able to clearly see your dogs ribs. Good luck to you and your pooch!

Sep 01, 2011
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ribs showing
by: Angels springers

My first question is have you had him vet checked for worms. Just arbitrarely worming him might not do it since he could have heartworms which worm medicine won't touch. A vet will also check to see if he is allergic to his food and not digesting it correctly.
also is your pup from a field line, or is very active. some field lines are very hyper and have a very fast metabolism. But the best answer is to see your vet.

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