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Old 05-07-2014, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
Abbey'sMom
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My Abbey now a little over two, built very differently than my last GSD. She is more lean and athletic...more like a Sports Car...my last girl built like a Mack Truck... she was so big people thought she was a boy.

Quick summary...after weening her off puppy food, she would have loose stools...not diarrhea, just loose, and often...so i started giving her Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach..mixed with a little of the canned food at dinner time only of the same variety...treats etc. Vet said it was a good choice...?? Wasnt thrilled, but every dog is different...and if she did well on it, then it was good for her..... Had her on Probiotics and Digestive enzyme, and after a few months didnt seem like it was making a difference... so i stopped giving it. All of a sudden poop situation got bad again.....Working with a local trainer recently, and was talking to her about the poop situation and her food...she said why dont you try grain free, PPSS has wheat in it, maybe she is allergic...so i looked at ingredients and prices etc for days, went to pet food advisor, and settled on Nature's Recipe Grain Free Salmon and sweet potato...PPSS is fish based as well, so i thought the transition would go smoother. It took 2 weeks to completely transition her over...and she loves the food...loves it, it actually smells pretty good.....anyway....thought she was having a little issue transitioning so i started the probiotic again, and see improvement...my problem is that she seems skinny and boney?...i know they go through the lanky stage?...She is active, always chasing the ball, always playing, sleeps through the night...she gets 2 cups in the AM and 2 cups in the PM...snacks...everyone says she looks alright?...but its like her butt is boney?....UTD on shots, no worms etc....any ideas...??? Seems since i switched her food she is less itchy too...im finding less hair around...i brush her every day, but really good every other day, thought the itchies might have been from dead hair driving her crazy?....and some days it just seems like she poops alot?....My sister had a white GSD that was skinny and boney his whole life, pooped every time he went out...ate IAMS and lived to be 12?...go figure....so am i driving myself crazy for no reason?

She is probably about 70lbs...give or take. And i cant see her ribs all the time, but i see them more than i want to, or i at least know where they are.


Lorraine
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