Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 2 months ago

How much should a run away dog weigh?

I found a dog with no owner near where I live and brought it home and I'm trying to figure out if ita under or overweight. It looks like a golden retriever mix maybe and it weighs 52 pounds. Does that seem heavy?

8 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    You're a troll aren't you. Anyone that finds a dog should do everything they can to find the dogs owner.

  • 2 months ago

    The dog has a owner somewhere.  You need to spend the next 30 days trying to find the owner.  Somebody is looking for that dog.

    The weight is low for a purebred Golden, so it must be the X that has kept the weight low.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    When you report the lost dog to the SPCA or animal control or the police they will evaluate its health, including it's weight.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    So why would you need to know about a dogs weight? It is a lost dog belongs to someone, so what have you done to report it as found so its owners can get it back?

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  • 2 months ago

    As already said, this is NOT a case of finders-keepers!   You absolutely must make every possible effort to find his legal owner, and the best place for the dog right now, regardless of his weight, is your local Shelter.   There may be a distraught family looking for him.   If you'd like to offer him a good permanent home, should nobody come forward to claim him, let the Shelter know so you can be considered.

    And he needs to be checked for a microchip so he can be reunited with his family.

  • 2 months ago

    Finders is not keepers - so the dog's weight is irrelevant = at this point.... as it is NOT YOUR DOG!  The dog needs to be turned into your local NO-KILL shelter or SPCA.  (They can provide all needed vet treatment via THEIR vets on staff and of course they will access the weight & feed the dog, correctly for its frame and body condition.)  And unlike you, they can SCAN for a microchip.  

    If you have any interest in adopting it afterwards, if no legal owner turns up, then TELL THEM.  Finders, often get first right of refusal.

  • PR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    First, if you have just found the dog recently, you cannot assume there is no owner looking for the dog. Dogs can wander a long way, and someone may be desperately searching for the dog. 

    Put signs up at major cross streets: FOUND DOG/PHONE.

    Place a found ad on Craigslist in your area; LOOK in the lost ads on Craigslist; place a found ad on Facebook/For the Love of Louie. Please do not assume this dog does not have someone looking for him/her.

    Additionally, take the dog to be scanned for a microchip in case he is chipped. Any vet will do this for free. It will give information on the owner if he is chipped.

    Finally, take the dog to the vet if you find no owner. The vet will tell you if the dog is underweight or not. Certainly, if a dog has been wandering for more than a couple days, it will be underweight.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It all depends on sex, weather the dog has been fixed of not.  Age of the dog or,is it a pup still?  Height, weather it’s got a heavy muscle layer or a light build.  Even purebred dogs can vary in height and weight greatly depending on their breeding.  I have two purebred Labrador males, one is stocky and compact as weighs about 60 pounds and is three years old, physically fit.   The other male is very tall, long, lanky but well muscles.  He weighs in at 105 pounds and he is also fit.  There’s about 6” in height difference between them even though they are the dame breed.

    My shepherds are the same, one is small and blocky built - from a back yard breeder.  The other males huge, weighs 125 pounds and is about the same height as our newfoundland.  Again a poorly bred dog that the owners wanted money and were not breeding for temperament or confirmation.  While the same breed the ones almost double size of the other.  You cannot go by weight for the breed unless you take height and build etc into consideration per dog not per breed.

    You should see a tuck up underneath the dog, feel the ribs through the coat but readily see them, looking above the dog the back end should tuck in slightly just before the hips.

    Weather the dogs under weight or not don’t feed it large meals to begin with, you can overwhelm its digestive system and the dog will end up bringing up whatever you try and feed it as well as get a good case of fiarrhea.  It’s better to feed it small amounts of food a few times a day especially when you don’t know what kind of food the dogs used to.

    You should call the shelters and rescues to see if anyone has reported the dog missing and bring it in at least to have someone check to see if the dog has been microchipped.  You could also call animal control to come get the dog unless you want to place ad in the paper and look for the owner that way.  No matter what you do you need to have it checked for a microchip to help find the owner. If you don’t find the owner you will need to bring the dog in for shots etc if you decide to keep it.

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