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06-29-2014 09:33 AM
Helping a small female grow bigger? (7 pounds at 11 wks?)

How is she body wise? Is she thin? Energy wise? Puppy wise?

She may just be a smaller girl. If all else is normal I wouldn't worry about her weight and what she "should" be at this age. All dogs are different.

And if your vet is pressuring you, find a new one. You are paying them. You shouldn't be made to feel uncomfortable about how you raise YOUR dog.
06-29-2014 09:12 AM
buttoned_up She has been checked multiple times for parasites and was clear each time and she has now had 3 of her rounds of shots. She's now 14 weeks old and 11.3 lbs, which is still on the small side it seems. I forgot to mention that she is from Czech bloodlines, and I've heard that they mature more slowly. Does anyone have experience with that and does that seem like a reasonable assumption for why she's smaller than average?

My worry really stems from the fact that the vet I've been going to has been scaring me with the level of concern they show at her being so small (despite the fact that she shows no signs of being unhealthy at all). They also sort of treat me like an idiot, even though I've grown up with dogs and did quite a lot of research into the breed and breeders before I got Summer. I know I'm still a beginner when it comes to GSDs, but I do feel like they've been condescending (and possibly trying to use fear to manipulate me into paying for medical treatments on a healthy dog). I've heard other really negative comments about this particular office, so I won't be going there again. (Also the vet looked at me skeptically and didn't seem to know that there were differences between the GSD bloodlines :/).
06-18-2014 10:39 AM
wolfie13 Have you checked her for worms? Is she completely vaccinated? Mine is about 1 pound more than yours but he's going through deworming which I have heard can be the cause of his weight. I've been doing all I can to get him to get rid of them completely and for him to eat more and stay hydrated.
06-08-2014 06:35 PM
Sunflowers Feedsentials is shipped to the US. Dogs Naturally website.
06-08-2014 05:55 PM
buttoned_up Thank you all so much! Your replies have been really helpful. At the end of the day, I chose her for her personality, not her size, so I'll love her no matter how big she gets. I just wanted to make sure there was nothing to be concerned about .

I'm in New Orleans, so I might not be able to get the Canadian stuff, but I'll look in to Fromm. Also, I don't know much about raw feeding, but I'll do some research!

Thanks again!
06-08-2014 05:32 PM
Sabis mom She is adorable!

She is small but give her some time. I don't know where you are but I feed First Mate and I love it. Canadian company, been around for a while, upfront about sources and most are local, no recalls ever. I've also heard good things about Fromm.
06-08-2014 05:29 PM
Ace GSD The one inside the crate !!! She looks like a fox heheh cute
06-08-2014 05:22 PM
ZoeD1217 She is so freaking adorable! !

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06-08-2014 05:18 PM
lalachka She's adorable!!!!! Yeah small but give her some time. And as someone mentioned, don't overfeed. All that will accomplish is her getting fat which is bad for them.

I'd say raw lol but I always say that. I love raw.

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06-08-2014 05:04 PM
buttoned_up According to the breeder (and her AKC registration, and the contract I signed with him, and her puppy aptitude test, and her health records) she was born March 19th of this year. I got her about two weeks ago, over Memorial Day weekend. I saw the rest of the litter - they were bigger than her, but the size difference between them was not THAT drastic. Also the mother and father were about average size for GSD (somewhere in the 70 lbs ballpark).

I'm currently feeding her Lamaderm puppy formula - I don't really think it is necessarily the best for her and I am thinking of changing it, but it came highly recommended by my family, so I thought I'd give it a shot. If you have any brand suggestions, I'd definitely welcome those - it can be difficult to weed through the various conflicting sources on which types of food are best for which breeds/ages etc.

I'm attaching two photos, both taken today. Attachment 215266Attachment 215274
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