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Australian Shepherd Weight Concern

I have a 9 mo. old Aussie and I am slightly concerned about his weight. He is very heavy in his rear and rather think on the sides. We exercise him quite a bit but he seems to tire easily – a little lazy, in fact.

Is there reason for concern? Or is this the normal body structure of the breed? His father was also rather "thick" and solid.

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Thyroid?
by: Anonymous

Although unlikely at his age, you may want to have your vet run a complete thyroid panel. Hypothyroidism--which is relatively common in many purebreds and more common in neutered dogs--can cause lethargy and weight gain, despite same amount of food.

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