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Old 01-19-2014, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings all,

We adopted our pupů Dr. Jack (the German) Shepherd when he was 8 weeks and he was diagnosed with flea anemia and subsequently required a blood transfusion and was quite underweight. Now he is healthy as ever at 4 months but only weights about 20 pounds and has pretty visible ribs. We get told that he is under weight every time he is at the vet and we have increased his food to 1 full cup of science diet, twice a day.

Another area of concern we have is his constant poop eating. We have tried the pineapple, and some vet recommended brands to put in his food but we still catch him chowing down on his poop.

Does anyone have any suggestions for these issues?
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Eating poop is pretty much just a puppy phase, they have to be taught not to do it, if it were me I would get a high quality food, science diet is nothing but filler so 2 cups isn't really much.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Greetings all,

We adopted our pupů Dr. Jack (the German) Shepherd when he was 8 weeks and he was diagnosed with flea anemia and subsequently required a blood transfusion and was quite underweight. Now he is healthy as ever at 4 months but only weights about 20 pounds and has pretty visible ribs. We get told that he is under weight every time he is at the vet and we have increased his food to 1 full cup of science diet, twice a day.

Another area of concern we have is his constant poop eating. We have tried the pineapple, and some vet recommended brands to put in his food but we still catch him chowing down on his poop.

Does anyone have any suggestions for these issues?
I know allot of vets recommend science diet (because they sell the prescription line in there clinics) but honestly it is over priced for the quality of food you are getting (aims is the same quality and half the price) I think you could go up in quality- that being said I feed solid gold wolf cub to my girl and she eats 3 cups a day, not to mention she is also being fed her kibble while we do obedience work several times a day. Maybe 2 cups just isn't enough? Though every dog will be different depending on activity level and age.


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Old 01-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Two cups of food a day for a 4 month old puppy is not very much, regardless of brand. I agree with switching to a higher quality food, but I'd also increase the amount of food at each meal.

Being ill when younger could certainly set him back temporarily, but he should catch up if he's healthy now, and getting an appropriate amount of food.

As far as the poop eating, the only 100% sure way to stop that is to go outside with him every single time, and clean up the poop immediately. Halo is 5 years old, and still a determined poop eater. I've tried mixing things into her and Keefer's food, but it didn't work at all. If she had access to it, she still ate it.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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research food and find a quality food. i fed my pup 1 cup
in the am, 1 cup noonish and 1 cup in the pm. he had
training treats and a snack throughout the day.

your pup can't eat poop if you're watching him or if he's leashed.

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Try giving him 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups in the evening. "of what ever you are going to feed the pup" Then look at the back of the food bag to see recommended dosage for recommended weight.... The only way to stop poop eating is to clean it up every time it happens.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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16 week old pups need more food. feed 2 cups 3X a day or 3 cups 2X a day.
As far as poop eating .... many dog owners have success feeding raw. If you don't want to go raw, sprinkle Accent - the meat tenderizer - on the kibble.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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20 pounds for a 4 month old is underweight you would want to see him round 35 pounds.

Agree with everyone else regarding the amount of food you are feeding - 2 cups does not seem enough for a pup. For your pups ribs to be visible, he is either not getting enough food or there is a medical issue such as worms or EPI.

If if were me, I would increase his food to at least double what you are giving (4 cups a day spread out over 2 feeds) and monitor him for 2 weeks. If has not not put on weight then consider testing him for EPI or worms etc.

Also, as mentioned by others Science Diet is over rated, there are many other kibble that are either better or just a good in terms of ingredients for less money. Keep in mind that if he is an EPI dog, then you may have to switch to a grain free kibble.

Let us know how he is in a couple of weeks
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't think it is the kibble, it's the amount.
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