|10-27-2013 01:16 PM|
My male looks exactly the same, and my vet (who has GSDs) told me he was "perfect" and to make sure I don't let him get fat, lol. They do look skinny compared to other breeds, especially when they're young and not fully developed yet.
I had the same fussy behavior with the kibble, but now that he's on Orijen 6 fish he cleans his bowl. He also had to have his glands expressed - I think it was a combination of seasonal allergies and an intolerance to the chicken in the previous kibble. Now he's fine. I do alternately add canned tripe, raw egg, or coconut oil to his meals. It may just be that the kibble your feeding isn't a good match for your pup, but as far as weight goes, she looks 'normal' for her age. Don't worry
|10-27-2013 03:41 AM|
What the butcher said was ridiculous, and that is not a thin GSD at all.
In fact, many keep their GSDs even leaner than yours.
Your girl probably doesn't like the kibble, and I don't blame her.
I would try different good ones and find one she will eat, or look into a raw diet, if she does well on that.
|10-26-2013 10:08 PM|
My puppy had diarrhea for 24 hours. I took him to the vet and we got probiotic gel to give him and some pills to help firm his poo up. After one does of the gel and the pills his poo was much better. That was about 4 days ago. Now they are pretty much normal.
I'm hoping they stay that way once he's off the pills. The gel was gone 2 days ago.
|10-26-2013 09:49 PM|
Thanks for the replies. I will order some olewo carrots to try.
As far as building muscle. We play ball, flirt pole, go for long walks, and bike rides. I plan to gradually increase our distance for rides and she seems to enjoy it.
I want to start training in a dog sport but haven't been able to find a trainer or club nearby....
|10-26-2013 06:34 PM|
|Liesje||She looks fine to me. I would build muscle, not add extra weight/bulk.|
|10-26-2013 12:17 PM|
I'm going to toss this into the mix, since you mentioned you've been to the vet I guess it's safe to say she is otherwise healthy?
If so my dogs went through stages where they got finicky. My Smitty dog was too lean for my liking as well and he stopped eating. He went from wolfing every morsel down to putting his nose up at the very same food. I started trying to switch and try different things. Finally I did what my trainer told me to do (and my mom always told me too growing up, if they are hungry they will eat). Put the bowl down and if he didn't eat in 10 minutes or so pick the bowl up. It was a bit of a battle of wills for awhile but it worked.
The other thing I did/do with dogs that are otherwise healthy is reduce portions. It's a bit of a psychological trick in that animals (and people) that sense scarcity are more likely to eat all that is there.
This has for my dogs and others I have cared for set up a habit of eating all their food right away.
As for the anal gland issues many suggest a small portion of pumpkin but I really like Olewo carrots (oh and my dogs LOVE the stuff, may help with eating as well) for fiber and other good nutrients. The carrots firm up the poop and help the glands express naturally plus other healthy benefits.
(btw not that I'm against raw feeding but I've seen lean dogs get leaner with raw feeding. Might be better to stabilize weight issues first before introducing another variable?)
|10-26-2013 08:39 AM|
|Harry and Lola||
Gigismum I've just converted 53 pounds to KG's which is 23kg's (sorry I'm in Australia and pounds means nothing to me!) 23kgs is very slim.
I wanted to reply to this because I have a 2 and 1/2 year old male who has just been diagnosed with EPI (Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency). He was 34kg and very thin, I was feeding him and feeding him and feeding him for about 6 months and he just wasn't putting on weight. To give you an idea, my 5 year bitch was on 1 cup of dry a day and he was on 6 cups. My vet did some tests and he was diagnosed with EPI, he has been on medication now for about 5 weeks and his weight is up to 38kg - he looks like a 2 and 1/2 year old male now rather than a 12 month old.
I wanted to mention this to you because if you feel your girl is not putting on weight even though she is eating to get her tested for EPI - it is a simple blood test and very easily treated.
|10-26-2013 12:21 AM|
|Nigel||Weight is just a number, you have to look at each dog individually and to me she looks good for her size.|
|10-25-2013 11:47 PM|
Thanks Nigel. No stores near me have HK so I ordered some online to try.
I was reading the threads about puppy growth and it seems everyone's dogs weigh a lot more than mine.... Worrisome.
She's active and her coat is nice though... I just don't know enough.
|10-25-2013 10:51 PM|
|Nigel||From the pics she looks good to me. You might try looking at "Honest Kitchen" it's dehydrated raw, completely balanced, and the only one that can claim human grade. You can research & maybe change over to raw when you are more comfortable.|
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