I have a 4 year old black lab named Zeus. He has an enlarged heart that my vet said is not life threatening and that surgery is not necessary. I have had Zeus on a Reduced Fat diet, "Wellness" Formula, but it has not made a difference at all. I walk him at least 3 times a day, 20-30 minutes each time. I had numerous blood test run on him for thyroid/diabetes etc and all came out good. He weighs in about 98 lbs. Zeus has a sister named Zena. We bought them from a breeder at the same time, they are litter mates. Zena is obviously a female and quite smaller, 78 lbs. Is it normal for the males to be this large? I want to make sure that I am not over feeding or underfeeding Zeus. They both get the same exact amount of food. I suppose his metabolism can be slower than Zena's just like us humans but I wanted some input whether or not anyone else has this issue. Zeus was the runt and ended up being the biggest one of them all. I feed them the required amount indicated on the bag of food but just wondering if I changed them to the canned version of the "Wellness" if this would possible be better. I have been hearing alot lately that canned is better for them than dry. should I put them on a raw food diet? I welcome an advice that may help me and my babies.
I would never put my dog on a canned diet unless I had to. Their teeth go bad really fast.
As far as his weight, what did the vet say? Did he say that Zues was overweight? If so, cut back the amount of food. If you give him 2 Cups a day, cut back to 1 1/4 cup. that should help him lose wieght. You might have to seperate the 2 dogs so he doesn't steal hers.
I have never fed my dogs the amount of food suggested on the bag. Just remember, it is exactly that-a "suggestion". If I fed them that amount, they would be big as cows!
I believe the breed standard for labs is 55-80lbs, although some are larger. Personally, I don't approve of breeders who intentionally breed large labs, because they already are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia-why put even more stress on the joints with excess weight?
As far as your boy-ask your vet about his weight. Can you feel his ribs? If you can feel his ribs, his weight might be ok. If not-time for a diet.