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post #1 of 183 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Malnourished puppy

We just bought a 3 month old GSD 4 days ago and she only weighed 3.6 pounds when I took her to the vet. We have been feeding her puppy food for large breeds to try to get her at a healthier weight. I took her 3 days later to vet and she weighed 3.8 pounds. Her right leg is a little bent, had X-rays and nothing wrong there, vet says she has no muscle to hold her weight so that's why that is happening. We are just concerned that she is so tiny for her age. Has anyone had a problem like this or any suggestions?
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omg....3 mths and only 3.6 lbs? I hope you reported whoever you got the puppy from to AC. Send a PM to Carmspack. I'm sure she will have valuable input.




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Hi, can you get some photos of your pup and post them to the board? It sounds like it could be a dwarf.

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Is that possible? perhaps the age is wrong? Where did you purchase.

There is an approx. growth weight on this link

German Shepherd Growth Chart and Puppy Growth Rate and Weight

and look into this as an adjuvant to feeding -

Seacure for Pets 100g powder by Proper Nutrition

This dog needs protein - real RAW meat re: 100% of essential amino acids (building blocks for all cells in the body) and live enzymes (in the meat) for processing. You will not get best results from a kibble. This dog likely doesn't have the ability to metabolize denatured food and synthetic vits. and minerals. PM Carmspack, she can make suggestions like goats milk (how much) and breeds GSD's as well developed a line of nutritional suppliments

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I cant see how a puppy could still be alive at barely over 3 pounds and 3 months old. There is something medically wrong or the age is way off.

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Any pics? Could she be the wrong age or a dwarf? What did the vet say about the puppy?

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Dwarf or wrong age were the first two things that popped into my mind. I've heard about some people misrepresenting the age of puppies just to get rid of them. What's the vet think?

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It could be a mix, too.
Or not even a GSD. The OP has not said where he/she obtained the puppy.

Should wait before telling this OP supplements and raw diets since, if the puppy is indeed a 3lb. 3mo. GSD there's something radically wrong like a liver shunt or some such.
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We got her from a pet shop and she came with AKC papers, and they also had the date of 17 Aug 2012 and the pet store said she had been there for about 2 months before we got her.Malnourished puppy-imageuploadedbypg-free1354216971.830916.jpg her is a pic of her. The vet also suggested that we get stool sample to test for internal parasites, which I did and waiting on results,and get blood work to see if its a thyroid problem, doing that on Monday. Other then that she said she can't find anything wrong with her. I also did more research on the pet shop we bought her from, after the fact, and they are owned by a lady who was running a puppy mill and supposedly still buying from them, so I don't know if that is the case. She seems to eat well and is filling out more and is a very happy dog, probably because she is not at that retched pet shop anymore stuck in a cage all day.


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She doesn't look right

I hope you didn't pay a bundle for her...but even if so, just love her the way she is. This dog isn't going to be a normal appearing GSD from the looks of that photo.

You should be aware that all dogs in pet stores have come from puppy mills.
I understand you'd want to 'save' her by buying her, but all you really do is support the pet store/puppy mill industry.
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