What is a healthy weight gain rate for an underweight dog?
Hi, I registered here to ask this question. My family adopted Ben, who apparently is a full Shepherd, from the county animal services last Monday. He had come in as a stray, and was emaciated. In fact, although they require all animals to be spayed/neutered before adoption, they said Ben was too thin to neuter, and told us to bring him back in a month.
Age: The shelter vet estimated that Ben is 3 years old, but I think the way he was (barely) moving threw that off. A week later, when Ben was feeling much better, we took him for a checkup and that vet thinks he's 8 months.
Diet: We've been feeding him Iams puppy food, 4 or 5 cups a day, which I calculated to be the caloric requirement for a 75 pound dog. He's 25 inches at the shoulders, so that's my guess at his healthy weight. The vet said rather than a healthy weight they look at overall appearance, but I had to base it on something, so I guessed 75 pounds.
Exercise: We've been going on walks, and taking him to the dog park for an hour a day.
It's been 10 days since we brought him home, and he's been gaining at a rate of about 2 pounds per week. He was about 60 when we got him, and he's 63 today. Is that about right? Too fast? Too slow (I kind of doubt that)?
Last edited by Tinyboss; 10-25-2013 at 10:04 AM.