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Old 09-16-2015, 11:48 PM
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I know the general guidelines that you should see their rib cage and they should have a defined waste as to if your dog is overweight, but what about under? I never really thoght about it, but we had a ski tournament out at our lake this past weekend and I got a lot of comment on how skinny Corona is. I mean she is a tiny little thing,like most chis, although she is longer and taller than most I feel a as well. Her backbone does show quite a bit, is that normal? Her vet has never said anything, so I am sure she must not be too skinny, but just curious. I'm thinking people just aren't use to such little dogs around here!! Imagine if I had one of your 2 pounders!!!!!
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People have tried to say that to me. Doug is actually a tiny bit overweight (medication side effects...yay...).

Keep in mind an absurd number of pet dogs are overweight or obese. People don't know how to react when they see a healthy dog, and conditioned working dogs often get shouts of "starvation!". The average person won't know the healthy weight of a dog. So don't worry.
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Okay! Thank you!!
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If you can see her ribs that is a sign of being underweight, you should be able to feel them, but they should be nicely covered. If you can see ribs, usually hip bones and spine are prominent too.
Post a recent pic if you are worried, many dogs go through a skinny phase as teenagers
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Yeah, I'm not really worried! It was just more a curious thing since several people made skinny comments. She also may have been looking a bit thin because she had just had her oral surgery. I personally think she is perfect!!!
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