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02-05-2014 12:22 PM
Wild Wolf Other than increasing the amount of food he eats, you can add stuff to his food. I use 4% fat cottage cheese mixed with sweet potato when my dogs get skinny. Depends entirely on what you have access to where you live. Is he getting the right amount of food per the bag instructions?
02-05-2014 12:10 PM
Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
Most likely why the OP is concerned about his pup's weight.....


I'd be worried about his intestines getting punctured, by the horns he swallowed whole, if he'd actually eaten the cow

I'll get some pics and post them.
02-04-2014 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
I'm at work and just skimming through posts. I thought the OP said her pup ATE an Ethiopian Cow...........
Most likely why the OP is concerned about his pup's weight.....

02-04-2014 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
All I heard was "Ethiopian Cow"........

I'm at work and just skimming through posts. I thought the OP said her pup ATE an Ethiopian Cow...........
02-04-2014 05:21 PM
Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
LOL that is so not funny LOL

All I heard was "Ethiopian Cow"........

02-04-2014 05:14 PM
Harry and Lola LOL that is so not funny LOL
02-04-2014 05:13 PM
SuperG here's a pic.....
02-04-2014 05:04 PM
Harry and Lola At 14 weeks and 12.3kg, he is a pretty good weight, a general range for a 12 week old is between 10 to 14kg with 12kg being the average and a 16 week old is between 16 to 18kg with 17kg being average. He is just at the lighter end of average weights which is perfectly fine, don't forget they do grow differently and so long as he is healthy, he may have a bigger growth spurt later on.

However, it is important to grow your GSD puppy slowly that way you may lessen the change of medical issues occurring such as dysplasia. It takes a good 3 years for a male GSD to fully fill out. He will finish in height growth around 9 months but may gain an extra cm by 15 months.

Keep an eye on him and make sure he slowly and gradually increases his weight. If you start to notice at any stage that he has stopped gaining weight but still eating and his stools are not healthy then consider testing him for EPI.

But to me, it sounds like he is a perfect weight. A good way to know if they are too fat or thin is to look at him from above - he should have a nice trim waist and look at his sides - you shouldn't be able to see ribs, feel his sides - you should be able to feel his ribs through a nice thin layer of fat.

Post some pics for us to see.
02-04-2014 03:07 PM
RubyTuesday Do verify that he's healthy & if he is don't sweat his weight as long as he's not too heavy. Dogs, like people, can be verrrry thin & quite healthy. We've simply lost sight of that.
02-04-2014 02:25 PM
Axle We also feed Royal Canin Maxi Puppy. My Axle is 8 months old and many people told me how thin he looked around that age to 6 months. We were feeding the appropriate amount as listed on the bag (if not a little extra) and he is now starting to fill out.
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