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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Slight weight loss

I weighed Bear this past weekend since I hadn't weighed him since he turned 1 and I was very surprised to see that he had dropped a pound. Right now he is at 73.6 lbs at 13.5 months.

I know a pound is not a lot, but he has virtually weighed the same since he was about 10-11 months. In all other aspects he is very healthy, his activity level is great, his stools are great so I have never been concerned with his health.

I had upped his food about 2 months ago to see if he could maybe gain a little extra weight but Bear self regulates his food and will not eat more than 2 cups twice a day. Bear is coated so it appears that he is a very healthy weight, but if I put my hands on him you can feel his ribs quite easily.

Should I be concerned? I know that he is still growing and filling out, but it seems that he has stalled in the weight department. I am glad that I kept him trim during his early puppy growing time, but now I wonder if he shouldn't be putting on more weight now? At what age does weight level off so to speak?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 02:07 PM
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Is he running around more with the "cooler" weather?

Or did he have a really huge poop just before you weighed him? LOL

I remember with my last dog that she always dropped a couple of pounds in late September b/c she JUST loved the cooler weather and was more active?

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Is he running around more with the "cooler" weather?

Or did he have a really huge poop just before you weighed him? LOL

I remember with my last dog that she always dropped a couple of pounds in late September b/c she JUST loved the cooler weather and was more active?

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No poop before the weigh in, lol!
I have been trying to exercise him a little more to burn off that ever present energy, but as I said he's been this weight now for the past 3 months now.

I guess it's made me wonder if I should be concerned or looking out for something. Believe me I am not looking for a 100 lb dog, I'm happy that he's on the slight side, I just worry that he hasn't gained any weight and if that's normal.

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To me you should be able to feel your dogs ribs - that is always how we have gauged our dogs weight. His weight does tend to fluctuate a few pounds up and down - he was at about 78 or so but now he is back down to 75. I wouldn't worry about it being just a pound - obviously if he starts to consistently lose weight - then you would have an issue.


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