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I have noticed over the last couple weeks that Rosco looks as if he is losing weight.

We do agility 3-4 times a week in the warmer months (we live in Canada), and now are down to 1 practice a week but trying to maintain at least an hour walk everyday plus a big run around the yard (3 acres).

I always try to keep him on the leaner side (not too thin) too avoid excessive strain on his joints. Last month he weighed in at 71 lbs and will be two years old in February. He is on Acana food so it is a good quality.

Could his weight loss just be due to losing some of his muscle mass from agility? Has anyone else experienced this with their working dog?

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Tony's not a working dog, but has always been very active  He is now almost 11 yrs old, not as active, as  he has some heart issues and has lost a lot of his muscle mass.  He had lost some weight this spring, about 10 lbs, so off to the vet, lots of tests, not eating, chicken and rice, antibiotics.  This was when we learned he had heart issues.  That's our story, we don't know what caused the weight loss, I honestly think it was Giarddia, but was never diagnosed as that. My vet is my friend, I can just pop in and put Tony on the scales, that is where I would start, get a weight on Rosco, and have them put it on his chart so you can track it.  Take a stool sample in and have them check that.  Honestly, if he has lost any weight over a pound or 2, get him checked out.  Normally when someone cuts back on the exersize they put weight on, not take it off. Good luck with the Rosco, keep us posted.

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Hi there,

My soon to be 2 year old also struggles with weight loss as well.  She too was on Acana food.  But since Feb 2013, the vet thinks that she has some sort of allergies.  We have been trying to figure out what she is allergic to, but have had no success.  Just last month the vet gave us the o.k. to change her food.  They recommended a smaller portion as her weight was stable from August to November, but since switching her food and her food portion, I noticed she started to loose weight again, so we increased her portion sizes. How is Rosco doing with his weight now?

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At the moment he doesn't seem to be loosing any, but I still feel like he is on the skinny side. I always keep him lean for agility but he definitely lost weight. How much do you feed her? Did increasing the portion size on the new food help?

Its frustrating because I really don't want to just up his food to large portions and the vet said there didn't seem to be any health issues.