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      Berna. You're not in the US, so you aren't familiar with our standards of measuring. There are two types of ounce. Ounce by weight (which you are thinking) and ounce by volume (which you don't know).

      A cup=8 oz. is VOLUME, not weight. If you took several of our standard 8 oz measuring cups, and filled each one to the same level with different items, each one would weigh differently. One filled with rocks is not going to have the same weight as one filled with water, and neither will have the same weight as different brands of kibble (differing sizes, air displacement, etc.).

      Sure, 8 oz is equal to half a pound, or in metric terms, 8 oz by weight is equal to around 28.3 grams. But when you're using the volume ounce, it's not the same. There is no easy way to convert the measurements from the volume cup (8 oz) to grams. Okay?

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      Balboa doesn't look too heavy, but I'm guessing he could stand to lose a bit of weight, especially since his activity levels seem to have dropped. Given his paw infection, it's not surprising that he doesn't want to walk far.

      We feed our lab 145 grams of kibble 2x a day (morning and evening), with veggies as treats and a peanut butter kong if we go out. It ends up being a bit over 1 cup, 2x a day in US measurements. That amount keeps Jackson at a fairly stable weight. And yes, I'm in California, but weighing food is a leftover habit from having lived in the UK for 4 years. We also find it much easier for us to control how much we feed our dog, since we have a tendency to give our dog heaping cups otherwise.

      Anyway, 600-700 grams of food for one meal seems like a lot. If Balboa is eating that much for dinner plus the rice / lentils / egg for breakfast, that's too much. I'd gradually cut back on the food and supplement with vegetables (green beans, cucumber, carrots) as the veggies will help him feel full. When his paw is better, you can try to increase the activity.

      And if your parents are anything like my grandparents (who are Indian), they're probably adding some table food too, so I'd talk to them about that as well. When we'd go on vacation growing up, my grandparents would watch my Westie growing up and he'd always come back home 5lbs heavier.

      Good luck - my lab is a notorious chow hound and he has perfected that "feed me, I'm starving look" no matter how much he's eaten. It's tough to say no to them, but it's for their own good.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sue View Post
      Berna. You're not in the US, so you aren't familiar with our standards of measuring. There are two types of ounce. Ounce by weight (which you are thinking) and ounce by volume (which you don't know).

      A cup=8 oz. is VOLUME, not weight. If you took several of our standard 8 oz measuring cups, and filled each one to the same level with different items, each one would weigh differently. One filled with rocks is not going to have the same weight as one filled with water, and neither will have the same weight as different brands of kibble (differing sizes, air displacement, etc.).

      Sure, 8 oz is equal to half a pound, or in metric terms, 8 oz by weight is equal to around 28.3 grams. But when you're using the volume ounce, it's not the same. There is no easy way to convert the measurements from the volume cup (8 oz) to grams. Okay?

      Its not just the U.S. Its everywhere, you can't interchange volume with weight. And 1 cup of kibble will weigh different to 1 cup of water in the United States and in Serbia or anywhere else.

      Anyway, it does seem like a large amount of kibble with all the extra lentils etc. for a non-exercising dog.


      Hmm, doesn't seem to matter though because the original poster hasn't returned..????!!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Georgie View Post
      Its not just the U.S. Its everywhere, you can't interchange volume with weight. And 1 cup of kibble will weigh different to 1 cup of water in the United States and in Serbia or anywhere else.

      Anyway, it does seem like a large amount of kibble with all the extra lentils etc. for a non-exercising dog.


      Hmm, doesn't seem to matter though because the original poster hasn't returned..????!!!
      Yes, but here grams and kilograms and milligrams are for measuring weight only. For volume, we use litres, decilitres, millilitres and so on. Or cubic decimetres and centimetres.

      With that said, I thought ounces were for measuring weight only, I didn't know they are used for measuring volume too. Which, I admit, *is* a little bit confusing.

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