I mentioned awhile back how fat my in-law's ACD, Buddy was. I found out yesterday just how fat.
My BIL was relaying a story of a recent vet visit with Buddy and mentioned how much weight Buddy had lost since his previous visit.
Weight before diet and first vet visit? 70 pounds. Weight now? 66 pounds.
Now, what's the ideal weight for the average ACD?
I sure hope my in-laws stick to Buddy's diet, because this dog is far too young to be so fat and sound so out of breath as he does with the slightest physical effort.
I'm honestly afraid to play with him too much when I visit him as he's so wheezy and out of breath when we do play.
When I leave, they tell me he sleeps the sleep of
the dead for the rest of the day.
Terri
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Now, what's the ideal weight for the average ACD?

I'd wager 35-45 lbs, depending on height and muscle. Poor guy. Emotion: sad I hope your in-laws can keep up with the diet, too.
Still doesn't beat Reba, the Pembroke who was taken into rescue at about
72 lbs. (She is now a svelte 30ish with tons of loose skin similar towhat gastric bypass patients get after surgery.)

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Now, what's the ideal weight for the average ACD?

I'd wager 35-45 lbs, depending on height and muscle. Poor guy. Emotion: sad I hope your in-laws can keep up with the diet, too.

I second that..Good luck
Still doesn't beat Reba, the Pembroke who was taken into rescue at about 72 lbs. (She is now a svelte 30ish with tons of loose skin similar to what gastric bypass patients get after surgery.)

WOW!! That is sad I wouldn't think a pem could get that big without rupturing... thank goodness she was rescued.
And I thought my neighbors lab was bad (I still do) at about 85 lbs...

Michelle
Still doesn't beat Reba, the Pembroke who was taken into rescue at about 72 lbs.

Oh dear lord. The heaviest Pembie I ever met topped out at about 42lbs: built like a beer keg with feet. Another 30lbs and he would have needed a skateboard to get around. (Very sweet dog, but from the front he looked like Eric Cartman's head.)
Lee
WOW!! That is sad I wouldn't think a pem could get that big without rupturing... thank goodness she was rescued. And I thought my neighbors lab was bad (I still do) at about 85 lbs...[/nq]She couldn't walk, the fat rolls on her neck were so big they cut off her ears and she had horrible, horrible ear infections. She couldn't move, so she had to eliminate on herself and had wretched urine scald and a very soiled rear. Her "armpits" and groin area were so red and inflamed, it was hard to look at her. She was always a sweet, sweet girl and is in a great home now.

I tried to find her webpage again, but it's been taken down, so no pics. I'd love to have her pics up again to show her "before" and "after." There is a fabulous one of Reba *running,* and her loose skin was sucked out behind her from the force of her running. ) I don't know if they ever did anything about that skin or just let it be.

-Abby
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Oh dear lord. The heaviest Pembie I ever met topped out at about 42lbs: built like a beer keg with feet. Another 30lbs and he would have needed a skateboard to get around.

See my other post. Reba couldn't walk. Emotion: sad

-Abby
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WOW!! That is sad I wouldn't think a pem could ... lab was bad (I still do) at about 85 lbs...

She couldn't walk, the fat rolls on her neck were so big they cut off her ears and she had ... of her running. Emotion: smile I don't know if they ever did anything about that skin or just let it be.

This actually makes me tear up, I am glad she has gotten a loving home now, what happens to the ppl that allow this to happen???

Michelle
This actually makes me tear up, I am glad she has gotten a loving home now, what happens to the ppl that allow this to happen???

I think they were just glad Reba was in rescue and away from the previous owners. I don't know that any charges were or could have been pressed against them.

-Abby
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Now, what's the ideal weight for the average ACD?

I'd wager 35-45 lbs, depending on height and muscle. Poor guy. Emotion: sad I hope your in-laws can keep up with the diet, too.

Me too. He's only 2-3 years old. I really like the pushy boy. When we're playing, his heart is really into it, but his body just can't keep up with his desires.
Still doesn't beat Reba, the Pembroke who was taken into rescue at about 72 lbs. (She is now a svelte 30ish with tons of loose skin similar to what gastric bypass patients get after surgery.)

Good grief, that's one hefty Pembroke.
I used to work with a woman who had that surgery done. After she lost all the weight, she literally has extra folds of skin around her knees and elbows, like elephant skin.
I don't know if she ever decided to have future surgery done or not, but from what I saw of her problems after the initial surgery I'm not sure I think it's such a great way to lose weight.

Terri
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