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Old 01-14-2014, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 6 month old puppy won't gain weight or eat?

We ended up spending top dollar on a GS due to the owners not taking care of her one bit. When we got her she was 18 lbs at 5 months, had no shots, covered in fleas. Basically you name everything that a owner needs to do, they didn't do. Now she's 6 months old, her coat looks better, good health, and what not. Except she's not gaining weight, she's 26 pounds but only eats about 3 cups a day at most I have no idea what to do or what to feed her now. I separate our rottie & plott hound from her when she's eating so they don't try to push her out of the way & steal her food. Any suggestions on food, eating arrangements, etc? Open to any suggestions. She's way to small for her age and it kills me to see her so thin
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't tell you anything about suggested weight or size for your pup, we are also fairly new owners. But ours love http://www.orijen.ca/ dog food. We feed the grain free puppy formula. They love it....it is very rich and makes their coat so silky and soft. Ours are just over a year old. The male will eat 1 3/4 cup at a time but our female will only eat about a cup at a time. She is about 7lbs smaller than our male....but she just walks always after she is full...she never eats over a cup at a time. They eat three times a day....if your pup needs to gain weight a richer food may help, I would also suggest a grain free for shepherds. Our extended family had a shepherd, coat was dry and rough, hit spots all over. They saw our dogs coat and switched....within a couple of weeks...their shepherd had a Beautiful coat and had started getting softer....his hot spots had started doing better. After 6 weeks....he had gained 8lbs, NO hotspots, and his coat was like another dog. Food makes a big difference....
Good luck! Sounds like your pup got lucky saving it from a long life if neglect.


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but she has gained weight . At 5 months 18 pounds . One month later at 6 months 26 pounds . 8 pounds in one month , 2 pounds a week . I would say that is a good gain. Especially since a lot of energy and gain was in catching up !
so good job .
make sure the food is high quality - not loaded with filler
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but she has gained weight . At 5 months 18 pounds . One month later at 6 months 26 pounds . 8 pounds in one month , 2 pounds a week . I would say that is a good gain. Especially since a lot of energy and gain was in catching up !
so good job .
make sure the food is high quality - not loaded with filler
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2lbs a week seem pretty good for a weight gain. My little 11week old had a couple of roundworms he just passed and is back to growing like a weed.

I have him on grain-free Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy at ~3.2 cups a day.
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Thank you everybody for the suggestions! I'm defiantly going to switch her food and see if that helps her. Her coat is still a little rough, but that will improve along with everything. Her poop I noticed today was very runny looks like she has an upset tummy. She's been sleeping alot in her crate this morning which isn't her normal behavior
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do make sure that she has been wormed - check for giardia and coccidia

what have you been feeding her ?
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Thank you everybody for the suggestions! I'm defiantly going to switch her food and see if that helps her. Her coat is still a little rough, but that will improve along with everything. Her poop I noticed today was very runny looks like she has an upset tummy. She's been sleeping alot in her crate this morning which isn't her normal behavior
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Here's a picture of her I took this morning. We feed her blue buffalo same as my other two get. I forgot to add the weight gain was during a 2 week period. It's stopped since , but she has maintained it
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do make sure that she has been wormed - check for giardia and coccidia

what have you been feeding her ?

She was checked for worms & treated when we first got her.
She has an appointment set up next week for further testing, all they said in the beginning was feed her good, & go from there since she was so malnourished
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