|10-02-2013 05:30 PM|
Maybe you could post a photo and his height and weight.
I wondering if the treatment of the parasite did some intestinal damage and he is not absorbing all the nutrients?
Our dog never had a weight issue, but I think her GI system was ruined trying to treat Giardia a few times. We thought she had food allergies. After lots of frustration, I changed foods to The Honest Kitchen Brand. It is wholesome raw proteins and fruits and veggies in dehydrated form that is easy to digest when water is added. Since changing foods, I found our dog can eat any fresh protein. We also give her a prepared raw food 8 oz patty once in a while from Natures Variety.
If your vet has done a lot of tests including the hormonal/endocrine system tests and they are all normal, then you might want to try a small sample of prepared or dehydrated raw, maybe the nutrients will absorb easier than from kibble.
|10-02-2013 03:09 PM|
Help on my GSD's diet
Hi, so I am totally new to the forum and very excited! I hope I am putting this in the right place and greatly appreciate any helpful tips or advice.
My husband and I received our first GSD a little over 2 years ago. The breeder of this litter had NO CLUE what he was doing. He was sending the puppies away from mama at nearly 6 weeks of age. When we saw the puppies he flat our told us take yours today or I'm giving it to someone else. We were horrified that our puppy would go into the wrong hands and at this early of an age never get the care he would need- the rest of the litter had already started being picked up and taken from the mama.
So we got Sam at 6 weeks old. No vet would check his health for us or anything. We did our best to feed him a mix of blue buffalo puppy food and homemade items like rice and yogurt as one vet had instructed over the phone. He was active from the start, but we worried about his nutrition. At 8 weeks we finally got him into the vet and he started to get his vaccines and all that jazz.
We found out that he had a parrasite living in him that one can only get from dead animals- the owner had bred the dogs outside in a pen and told us that he often found dead raccoons/possums that the mama would attack. We felt HORRIBLE because this little puppy was suffering. After many trips to the vet and unlimited hours of care, he was finally well.
Now he consistantly goes to the vet about every three months or so. Because of the issues the parrasite caused to Sam's stomach he is easily sick from many foods- chicken, fish, etc. He is currently on a beef and rice blend with Purina ProPlan that we have used for over a year because it sits best with his stomach and the vet agrees not to change. The only problem is he is NOT gaining weight. His ribs show, his hips show and people tell us we are bad pet owners. We LOVE Sam and are willing to invest whatever it takes to keep him at a healthy weight. The vet says he is fine, but I feel bad for him. Our 2nd GSD is 11 months old, we were gifted him at 14 weeks of age and he is healthy and nearly towering over Sam. Sam is VERY active, would rather stay moving every hour of the day over taking a single moment to rest so I know that does play a small part in the lack of weight gain.
I guess the point of this horribly long post is help on what I could supplement to maybe get Sam a little bit more weight. He eats twice a day 2 1/2 cups of food per feeding- vet said that was fine. And sometimes we add in some soft food.
Again thank you if you read all this, I appreciate HELPFUl tips and pointers on his nutrition/diet. thank you!