Evaluating your dog's Condition
How skinny is "pretty skinny"?
How heavy is "not as thin as he should be"? The
Purina body condition system provides a uniform way to describe
a pet's weight, from "emaciated" to "grossly obese"
Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and any bony prominence
evident from a distance. No discernable body fat.
Obvious loss of muscle mass.
- VERY THIN
Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible.
No palpable fat. Some evidence of other bony prominence.
Minimal loss of muscle mass.
Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat.
Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming
prominent. Obvious waist and abdominal tuck
Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist
easily noted, viewed form above. Abdominal tuck evident.
Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed
behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked when
viewed from the side.
Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is
discernable viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal
Ribs palpable with difficulty, heavy fat cover. Noticeable
fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent
or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be absent.
Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover, or palpable only with
significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar
area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal
tuck. Obvious abdominal distension may be present.
- GROSSLY OBESE
Generally as above (8) but dog has difficulty moving about -
it waddles rather than walks and it gets out of breath with
very little movement. This condition is very serious and
urgent action is called for.
Please note that all the values given above
are approximate. There will be
on the breed and how a dog was nourished during
early years and individual characteristics.
Daily Feeding Guide:
For an adult
dog it's weight is usually between 25-45kg: This means a daily
food intake of between 335gm and 650gm per day. Although some
people feed this amount to their German Shepherd once per day,
we prefer feeding the total amount in two separate feeds per day.
to be treated differently as they become weaned and progress through
their various growth stages.
GOOD QUALITY DOG FOOD.
Any money you save by feeding your German Shepherd "Cheap
and Nasty" will eventually be swallowed up by additional
A good basis
for feeding an adult dog is to start with 70% dry food (such as
Kibble) and 25% wet food (tinned dog food) and 5% a few lettuce
leaves or other greens.
See our book about safe foods and dangerous foods for dogs.
If you decide
to change any part of your dog's diet, do it over at least 10
days, gradually reducing the amount of the food you are giving
up and replacing it with the new food.
you use treats as a reward when training your dog, remember to
reduce the total amount of the set meals to compensate.
Do not feed
your German Shepherd within an hour of taking it for exercise,
and do not feed your German Shepherd within an hour of finishing
ensure that fresh clean drinking water is always
Finally, if you
have any worries about your Dog's diet, sickness or diarrhoea
please consult your vet immediately.