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I have a 5 month old puppy named Leia and I want to know if she is overweight. What are the signs to know that she is overweight?

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I am so glad you have a concern about weight and I am sorry that I sid not seem to answer your question to your satisfaction. Maybe I gave too much information.

Weight is dependent on the breed of dog (not given), the parents (if known) so there is no way I could give you pounds (3# could be overweight for a 6 month old Yorkie, and 100# not overweight for a 6 month old St. Bernard. The best is to feel her - if she has a waist and you do not have to press hard to feel the ribs - she is probably fine.

Most veterinarians have weight charts for breeds and pictures of proper weight (seeing a waist, etc) and will weight your dog for free.

Feeding a fresh food diet will almost assure that your dog will never be overweight.

I hope this helps you more than my first answer.  

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Dr. Christina Chambreau

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I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.

Experience

I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

Organizations
Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

Publications
I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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