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Old 12-07-2013, 10:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This is Tide and I will make sure to get a second opinion too
Honestly he looks great!!! Its okay to feel a little rib. It just shows he's not over weight. Your dog is beautiful and looks normal. Can I see one from the top?

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Honestly he looks great!!! Its okay to feel a little rib. It just shows he's not over weight. Your dog is beautiful and looks normal. Can I see one from the top?

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thank you so much! here he is from the top.
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thank you so much! here he is from the top.
I chuckled a little cause he doesn't look ribby at all: ) beautiful and has a good weight from what I see. Also he's on track as far as the chart goes.

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I chuckled a little cause he doesn't look ribby at all: ) beautiful and has a good weight from what I see. Also he's on track as far as the chart goes.

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Ok I feel better now. The vet and breeder just have had me worried telling me he needs weight on him, but after looking at different articles he will grow into his body and the leaner on his joints the better. Also I am going to show him so it will be best.
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Ok I feel better now. The vet and breeder just have had me worried telling me he needs weight on him, but after looking at different articles he will grow into his body and the leaner on his joints the better. Also I am going to show him so it will be best.
That's what the forum is for! all pups are different. My boy us the exact same and is according to the charts and my vet says that he is perfectly normal.

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Old 12-07-2013, 11:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Your dog looks just fine...in my opinion.

Lean at that age is much better and quite normal.

If in fact the Tidal Monster is 42 lbs and your vet is concerned, I might be compelled to get a second opinion from another vet. GSDs during this time period are generally more lean, lanky and clumsy as they start to get used to their ever growing bodies. Plus, with the rapid growth of the skeletal structure during this time period, I would think the benefits of being a bit lighter than overweight has many advantages in regards to proper overall development as they mature into adults.

I know with all 3 of our shepherds over the years, especially at the stage your boy is at, my vet always would comment on the classic lanky stage you might be experiencing with your pooch.

I attached a link to a GSD growth rate chart and I think you will find your pup is very "normal" based on their numbers. Granted, some shepherds are bigger than others but from the picture you supplied, he looks great.

http://petloversgsd.weebly.com/gsd-growth-chart.html
Of course all of my thoughts and suggestions are strictly just my opinion.

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Old 12-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Your vet would think my female is completely malnourished if she thinks looking at that dog is underweight! She's 52lbs at 7 months but she's grown in height so she's all lanky and super skinny at the moment until she fills in. He looks great to me. If he is healthy in all other ways I personally wouldn't even get a second opinion.
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Looks great to me too. Not lean at all
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thank you all so much I have looked at that chart and have it on my computer now for watching him grow. Our female is a lot smaller and is a mix so having a pure bred and knowing the breeder really well has been great.
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