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Old 03-23-2014, 04:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need your opinion on my gsd. Currently 15month old. Last month weight measured 68lbs. Attached are the photos taken today. Is he going through the "long and bony" stage? He is eating fine and energetic. Currently on 350g of dry kibbles per day. Stool is partly soft and partly loose in consistency.

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Old 03-23-2014, 04:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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To me 65lb for a 15mo is pretty lean, he does have a nice trim waist which is what you want. 65lb is a good average weight for an 8 to 9 month old.

Not sure if 350g is enough food for him. Do you feed anything else as well as the dry kibble?

If you feel he is getting adequate amount of food each day, then keep an eye on him and if he does not gain weight over the next month then I would have him tested for EPI EPI in Snapshots - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and also SIBO.

I have a 3yo GSD male that was diagnosed with EPI last year, at 2 1/2 years old he weighed and looked like a 1 year old. I thought he was a good trim weight but soon realised something was not right when I realised he weighed 32kg at 2 1/2yo. So I had him tested for EPI and he is now on replacement enzymes and weighs a healthy 39kg (85lb).

Not trying to scare you, just something to consider.
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Well I'm feeding according to the feeding table I found in the packaging. I will try to ask vet see if they can run test for the EPI and SIBO. I really can't tell he is getting enough or not because his stool is never solid. At best also half soft consistency and half loose. I haven't tried many variety of dog food but none gives good result.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, underweight. I can't really tell from the side view pic. But from the top, very thin. He should have a waistline. But it looks like there's too much definition in the hips. Again hard to tell from the pics. At least for me. You should be able to feel his ribs and see the last one or two. His hip bones shouldn't have a sharp protrusion. If you're feeding by the bag chart, those are "guidelines", dogs are all individuals. Up his food a little bit each week and see if he doesn't put on some pounds. Also, if your food contains wheat, some dogs are allergic to wheat. Maybe have a stool sample checked at the vet. Just suggestions, good luck.
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I think he looks fine..seriously. All mature at different rates. At two years old my boy hovered around 65-67 pounds. He will be 4 this week & 74-76 pounds- a good weight for him. Again, I think he looks good.

Bring in a stool sample for the vet to test at your next appt.

Is his poop normally formed & firm on the kibble he's being fed? Did the mushy poop just start? (Oh the poop descriptions)

We want our german shepherds to grow slow & steady.

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Old 03-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would err to the side of a little underweight at 15 months, just to be kind to those growing joints. He is a bit skinny, nothing I'd lose sleep over.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think people are hung up by the weight "number." Including myself. I don't think you said how tall he was. Different heights and sizes are going to be different weights at the same age. Also some dogs have a finer bones, or rather frame. For me, if the hip bones are protruding that's too thin. But that's just my opinion.
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I really can't comment on the weight of the dog. I think that would be up to your veterinarian, but I will comment on the soft stools. If you put the dog on plant enzymes / digestive enzymes and get the dog some minerals like (Animin bentonite) you might have better luck with proper complete digestion.. As far as the coat. I'm using coconut oil and both of my dogs have extremely good stools with home-cooked chicken, rice with vegetables mixed with kibble. It's my opinion that if your dog is had soft stools and you've been on the same food your digestion is off kilter and the dog will never gain the weight you want, on the other side of the coin - you want the dog to be lean but you want the stools absolutely perfect!
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Thank you all for your comments.

I just took this photo of his stool this morning. It starts out ok then become soft stool. THis happens to any brand of kibble i fed. I fed the same kibble to my beagle but his stool is rock solid.

It's very difficult for me to add the amount as you can see his stool consistency already not that good.

I'm feeding Profine Junior Large breed potato and chicken.
Junior large breed chicken and potatoes - Profine
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