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08-22-2014 07:40 PM
Galathiel If your pup gained 3 lbs that week, I don't think you can say you're underfeeding. Obviously it's growing! You really want to keep weight gain between 2-3 lbs a week; otherwise, it may experience TOO fast a rate of growth and the problems that can cause.
08-22-2014 04:18 PM
N Smith
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Originally Posted by Cassidy's Mom View Post
Uh, 3 cups of food a day is a lot for a 9 week old puppy, especially a fairly calorie dense food like Orijen LBP! The kind of food absolutely makes a difference with regards to the feeding quantities. This particular food has 456 kcals per cup. With a lower calorie food you'd need to feed more to deliver the same amount of nutrition, so it's important to compare labels.
It is also important to consider energy level and metabolism.

My male easily ate 3 cups of kibble (we feed raw alterating days as well) and each cup of the kibble I feed has 525 calories/cup. He has never been pudgy. At 13.5 weeks, I have just upped his kibble intake to 5 cups a day (same kibble) because he was definitely showing too much rib on the previous amount.

Although - he definitely sounds larger (maybe just more bone?) than the OP's dog. He was already 16.5 lbs at 6.5 weeks.

But just something to consider in delivering the correct amount of calories needed.

I definitely agree that 1.5 cups sounds like it is not enough for this particular puppy. Rather than add "cups", I would see what the calories/cup are and then add 25% for a week and see if the puppy's weight stabilizes and go from there.
08-22-2014 04:03 PM
Julz Thank you everyone! I'm upping her food a little. If she wasn't so fuzzy, I'm sure I'd be able to see her ribs when she's standing.
08-21-2014 07:28 PM
Bruin
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...so I upped it when he looked a little thin and lowered it when he looked a little plump...
Clarification: I'd give him an extra 1/4c or so for a few meals and just gauge his weight to make sure he stays trim. Now that he's fully potty/crate trained, if he's looking a little thin I'll throw a handful of kibble in his crate as snack (plus it keeps him entertained!).

Good luck!
08-21-2014 06:55 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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I would feed her more. 1 cup 3 times a day. Orijen or not doesn't matter in my opinion. She's growing she's a baby feed her. 1 1/2 total seems too little for a growing puppy.
Uh, 3 cups of food a day is a lot for a 9 week old puppy, especially a fairly calorie dense food like Orijen LBP! The kind of food absolutely makes a difference with regards to the feeding quantities. This particular food has 456 kcals per cup. With a lower calorie food you'd need to feed more to deliver the same amount of nutrition, so it's important to compare labels.
08-21-2014 06:44 PM
Bruin When Bruin was eating Orijen LBP I felt he needed more than the bag suggested. He was 14 pounds at 8 weeks so eating more than your girl, but I still felt the bag suggested less than he needed. You couldn't see his ribs all the time, but when he was laying on his side on the floor I felt they were too visible (not stretched out, just laying down).

Judging by his activity level and sleeping schedule, I figured he was having a big growth spurt so I upped it when he looked a little thin and lowered it when he looked a little plump (such as after my in-laws, who thought he looked "too skinny," fed him like 4 cups in a sitting... grrr).

Also, he gained about 3 pounds a week from 8 to 13 weeks old, so it sounds like she is growing well!
08-21-2014 06:25 PM
mydogs
I'm worried I may be under feeding

I would feed her more. 1 cup 3 times a day. Orijen or not doesn't matter in my opinion. She's growing she's a baby feed her. 1 1/2 total seems too little for a growing puppy. Go by how she looks. As long as you see her waistline. Which at 9 weeks you won't see it. You will around 12-13 weeks. All pups are different but at 8 weeks my female was 16lbs. At 4 1/2 months now she's eating over 4 cups a day and lean
08-20-2014 11:15 PM
kr16 As long as all worms have been ruled out and the pups been checked and tested and cleared by a vet I would simplify it and just feed what the bag says.

My GSD's in the past and now would eat to death or to bloat if given the option. I have one now that I could free feed, only problem is the other one will keep eating her food.

So as far as feeding, just do what your doing. If the pup is still hungry, ignore it if good health signs are present. I wouldn't be so quick to give more food. My boy would eat dinner every 15 minutes if I let him.

Stay with the LBP Orijen, great food if the pup can handle it.. As far as weight goes it depends on each dog. They are not all the same size and weight.

Most people think that GSD pups are skinny until they are two.
08-20-2014 11:12 PM
Julz Thank you! I'll up her to 2 cups until she sees the vet, then ask her what she thinks.
08-20-2014 10:33 PM
selzer
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Originally Posted by Julz View Post
Thank you so much for your replies. I just wanted to clarify a few things, to help gauge my situation.

I feed her 4 times a day, totaling 1 1/2 cups per day.

The Orijen food is their Large Breed Puppy food and the measurements are meant for puppies. The suggested feeding is per day and the chart starts with current weight of the puppy and expected weight as adult from 30kg to 80kg. All across the board for a puppy weighing 11lbs it suggests 1 1/3 cups. (The puppy weight on the chart is shown in kg and lb.)

I'm not considering switching her to adult food, or any other food. Her stools are normal, her coat looks good, and it seems to be a good food and was recommended by her breeder.

I weigh her first thing in the morning, after a potty break, before food and water, using the same scale.

Once again, thank you. I appreciate all the help I can get. I am still unsure how her ribs should feel when perfectly fed.
If you are feeling all her ribs up it anyway. Your breeder said to up it. Not all dogs have the same energy levels and not all have the same metabolism. If you think she is thin, then she probably is, and if you still have a question ask your vet. At 9 weeks old, 11 pounds is a little small, but not unheard of. GSDs vary a lot, If she should be 14 or 15 pounds and you are feeding her for 11 pounds, then, she may not be getting enough.
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