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Old 03-02-2014, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We picked up Riley at about 11 weeks old and he already had his first round of shots. His litter was a rescue litter with a birthday of 11/29. He's now about 14 weeks old and only weighs in at about 14.2 pounds. His ears went down. I read that this was due to teething which I will patiently wait for them to go back up.

My primary concern though is his weight. We'll be going back to the vet tomorrow for his second round of shots, bit I figured I'd get some input from experienced owners. He eats well and stool seems "clean" but judging by videos and pictures I've seen of males his age he seems to be dwarfed in comparison to them. He's an excellent pup and already knows basic obedience I just want to make sure he's okay overall.

I've seen numbers of up to 30 pounds for his age which is double his current weight. Any input would be GREAtly appreciated. He was not the runt of the litter either. My sister in law adopted his sister. Who is slightly smaller and the vet said she was at a fine weight. I'm not sure what to think I just want the best for my little guy. Here is a picture.
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He looks thin to me. I would have a stool checked again for parasites. Very cute puppy.


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He looks thin to me. I would have a stool checked again for parasites. Very cute puppy.


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Thank you. I've been checking stool myself. Not entirely sure as to what to look for. I'm assuming something long n stringy that would resemble a worm. Hopefully the vet will tell me more tomorrow, I just feel like for his age he should be bigger.
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Most of the relevant parasites are microscopic, so you will not be able to see them. Roundworms and tapeworm segments are visible without a microscope, but hookworms, whipworms, giardia, and coccidia are not.
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Most of the relevant parasites are microscopic, so you will not be able to see them. Roundworms and tapeworm segments are visible without a microscope, but hookworms, whipworms, giardia, and coccidia are not.
Thanks for clarifying. Hopefully the vet will give me more info on his stool. Hopefully the analysis will be prompt because I don't want my little guy to be unhealthy. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, he loves to play etc. I'm not sure of symptoms of these parasites, but I'll do whatever it takes to him better if at all needed. He has gained about a pound a week since we got him and has definitely grown, I'm just unsure as a new owner as to average size. But doing some reading, it seems like he should be a little more brawlic.
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My first GSD has cocsidia ( I'm SURE I'm spelling it wrong.) from the cattle the breeder raised too. I got 4 dogs from him with all the same problem, then they would infect my healthy dogs I already had. It's a pain, but your vet will catch it and help you. Good luck.
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Turns out my little guy had giardia as well as a mild yeast infection of the ears. We picked up all appropriate medications. As far as his weight Is concerned, the vwt said he was at a decent weight and genetics play a part.

Basically saying he's not going to be a 95 pounder. More alone the 75 pound range. Either way he's on his way to recovery. Good thing for a gut instinct and some advice! Thank you all.
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Basically saying he's not going to be a 95 pounder. More alone the 75 pound range. Either way he's on his way to recovery. Good thing for a gut instinct and some advice! Thank you all.
Okay, when dealing with dogs smaller is better. Read it again, and say it to yourself. I know it's the USA and we have got lots of big, super huge things here but when it comes to dogs having a monster is not the best thing.

Smaller dogs are quicker, eat less and live a lot longer. That longer life is also accompanied by a better life in that the dog can run and jump without pain.
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Glad to hear you getting it worked out. My pup is one of those 30 pounders, and trust me, I'm afraid, very afraid. Thank you for rescuing this young man. He will be a fine dog no matter his weight. Smart little buggers. He is a good looking fella.
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