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Old 09-14-2008, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed here that most of your dogs are over 40 lbs at 4 moths

Hmmm mine at last checkup was only 28 lbs..... he was born may 30th
so if you count by months he is 3.5 months old and if you could by weeks he is 4 months...

But when I got him he was only 21lbs 3 weeks earlier and very thin

He hates to eat his food I have him on Iams large breed puppy
I think I may change it after I finish this bag

I cooked a soft boiled egg and put it in it he ate it better
I tried the iams sauces no luck
THe breeder had him on pedigree regular but I bet he didnt eat that either since he was so thin...
He has no worms.
Do I need to worry and find better food?
he only eats on a good day 2 cups but most of the time only 1-1/2

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i would definitely find a better food, but would not worry much about his weight. if you look at everyones adult dog weights - the range is 55lbs - 100lbs + so pups are no different (40lbs @ 4 months is a very general number)

between the puppy forum and the diet/nutrition forum - you should be able to find a high quality affordable food that your pup will enjoy!

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok what about orijen I was reading about it
I do not care about the price
I would pay a lot to make sure he gets good food

What do you feed your dogs

any suggestions?
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Orijen is a good food, I think it has a formula for large breed puppies. You can get a small packet and try if he likes and tolerates it. If so, you can continue. Also, wellness has a large breed puppy food. Take a look at that too. Cause orijens protein content is very high. Good Luck
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well it totally depends on your dog, if it is a male or a female, males are bigger than females (or at least they should be )... what lines your dog is from, showlines, american lines or working lines.. also if it is west german or DDR, Chech (sp?)...my showline-american male GSD was probably way over 40 lbs at 4 mths, not from being fat, but from being BIG... his ideal weight as a 2-year old now is 103-105 lbs. And some people still tell me that "he is so skinny"... YES NOW at 95 lbs he is too skinny, he has had a VERY active summer...
My working line girl is 8 mths old and she is 46 lbs... so as you can see it totally depends on the dog. And she will never be as big as my male (thank goodness!!!), her adult weight will probably be around 55-60 lbs, maybe slightly more.
I feed mine O&M (Owen and Mandell). We buy it from an independent distributor, and it is not cheap, but I have been VERY pleased with the food. Both of my dogs digest it very well. My Cody had trouble with digesting certain store foods including Royal Canine, he would go to the bathroom several times a day, now with O&M he goes maybe twice a day, sometimes only once...
Definetly worth the money!!!
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Originally Posted By: Count BrunoOk what about orijen I was reading about it
I do not care about the price
I would pay a lot to make sure he gets good food

What do you feed your dogs

any suggestions?
orijen is excellent, as long as you're purchasing the puppy formula. if its available in your area, i'd say go for it.

my dogs get raw most of the week, and the kibble on days in between is a mystery at this point... in the last 6mo ive purchased canidae, chicken soup & wellness ocean - so all of the above are in the dog food bin at this point. my dogs are both adults with no specific allergies or sensitive stomachs, so i have that freedom.
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I feed "Purina ONE",I have no problem,they eat everything,thet are healty,their coats are shinny,and not too expensive.
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Definitely go for a better food if he looks thin. Doesn't sound like he's too thin though, my pup was 32.5 lbs at his 16 week check up - he's DDR and heavy boned but not tall for his age.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi, dont be too worried about his weight. My pup is 40 pounds at 6 months right now. All dogs grow differently, it may take him longer to reach his potential, slow growth can be a good thing. As long as he looks and is healthy I would not mind it too much.

As far as food I would definately switch to a better food. Iams is a bad food as far as ingredients go and Pedigee is having a recall right now. I currently feed my pup Innova large breed puppy food and he has been on Wellness large breed as well. I would feed Orijen but it is just too expensive for me right now, but it is definately a very good food.

Look in the ingredients on the dog food if you see things like chicken by-product, corn/wheat gluten, those are no good.

Some better brands are: Innova, Orijen, Wellness, Solid Gold.

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Different dogs develop differently. Tika was a TINY pup since birth. At 7 weeks she weighed 7 pounds soaking wet while her siblings were 9-13 pounds. I think Tika was nearly 6 months before she broked 40 pounds. She is a wonderfully healthy girl that weighs 63-65 pounds.

I would agree than a new food might help.
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