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Old 12-30-2013, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Too skinny?

Today and friend and I decided to have a puppy play session between Loki and her lab mix puppy, who's about twenty weeks old. The session went great and stuff, they played together so beautifully. And it was a really fun time, until my friend started to pet Loki later in the evening. She mentioned how thin Loki was, and blatantly accused me of underfeeding her.

Loki gets a cup of Diamond puppy food in the morning, at lunch time, and at night. She gets a small snack around midnight, as that's her potty break for her sleeping habit, and she eats all of it. There is never a drop left in the bowl for either meals. I've tried giving her more, concerned I wasn't giving her enough, but it was only when I gave her more that she had food left over in the bowl.

Should I start feeding her more, and just give her the option if she's hungry? She doesn't appear to be, until around her designated food time.

After hearing my friend, I did notice that she's quite thin. Loki is about 12 weeks and three days old at this point, and I don't have a current weight for her right now. I do have a vet appointment scheduled to make sure everything is alright. I looked at her stools today, and didn't find any worms/sign of infestation, but that doesn't rule out tape worm. She doesn't have any diarrhea, it's not too hard or anything, or discolored.

At her last appointment, which was at ten weeks, the vet said she was doing wonderful, that her weight was perfect and she was as healthy as can be. What could have changed during that time? She hasn't changed dog food at all, I've kept it on Diamond consistently since I've gotten her. It agrees well with her tummy, and I've never had problems with it.

I'm planning on having my vet look into infestation of some kind of worms, and having some blood work done. What else could I have them check for?

It's hard to tell when you're looking at her, but if you're petting her you can feel the ridge of her spine, and if you press down really lightly, you can feel each individual bump of her spine. The same thing with her ribs. If you're petting her sides, you'll slide your hand across her and feel the ribs, and then get to the dip of her belly. If you put a bit of pressure to feel through her winter coat, you can feel each individual rib. And what really worries me, and horrifies me that I haven't seen it before, is that her hip bones can be felt rather easily.

I don't know if I just got so used to it as it progressed, that I didn't notice until it was pointed out, or if I've just been a really bad owner.

I've attached some pictures. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I'm really worried I've damaged her growth now

The images are about 3 hours after her last meal, except for the last one. I only included that one to attempt to show off her hip bones. I am completely willing to attach more pictures if you guys think that would help. Thank you for reading guys :/

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