was wondering how much everyone feeds their Basset Hounds? And how much ?
People don’t know how to determine whether their dogs are overweight. This is a very common problem. Dogs vary in height, bone structure and muscularity, so there is no single “correct weight” for a dog of any given breed. The quickest way to determine whether a dog is overweight is to feel the thickness of the fat over the last few ribs. In this area, the ribs lie right under the skin. If there is any subcutaneous fat, you can feel it between the skin and the ribs. Take your thumb and index finger and pinch deeply into the skinand tissue below. Then pull the tent of skin outward. You will immediately feel the layer of fat slip out from under your fingers (Figure 1). In a canine athlete, that layer of fat should be as thin as tissue paper. As you help your dog lose weight, feel that fat layer to monitor weight loss. It’s more convenient and just as accurate as using a scale. Some of you may be reading this and thinking, “I would never want my dog to be that skinny!” Think about the Olympic athletes. Think about runners in the Olympics 100 meter race. If you want your dog to be an athlete then it is only fair that you do what you can to help him achieve the body that he will need to perform and stay healthy and injury-free for many years.