|09-13-2013 10:14 AM|
He could maybe put on a bit more, but don't overdo it. I don't mind to just barely make out ribs in a growing LB dog.
My pup was the same, very lean, mind you she kept getting giardia, so couldn't gain weight, she'd just poop everything out. It can be frustrating, I had one vet I swore was going to call the humane society on me and another who told me she was perfect for a dog her breed and age.
Changing her to raw made an enormous difference in her poop!! No more loose poop! This was after MONTHS of chronic diarrhea and gas, I will never go back to kibble!
|09-12-2013 03:55 PM|
raemandrea: He does look underweight. I would increase his food a little. I'm all for keeping a puppy lean and healthy but I think if he gained a few pounds he'd still be considered a lean pup.
I recently went through this with Luke. He was 54lbs at 7 months and I increased his food from 3 heaping cups to 3-1/2 heaping cups a day and I've noticed a difference in one week. I weighed him this morning (8 days later) and he's 57lbs. If you'd like, you can see pictures of Luke here, our guys seem to be a pretty similar age and weight: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...mall-male.html
|09-02-2013 01:54 AM|
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|09-02-2013 12:15 AM|
I took these pictures of Maggie today while doing a morning walk. I think she's kinda skinny in the middle. I know she has long skinny legs. What do you guys think, does she need more weight in the tummy area or does she look ok? She is about 9 months old. Not sure about the weight, I'm going to say about 50 lbs. Sorry if the second picture is a bit blury.
What brand of dog food would be good to add some weight? I wanna go with TOTW. But feeding Diamond Naturals grain free all life stages. Chicken and sweet potato.
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|08-26-2013 05:55 PM|
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|08-26-2013 05:43 PM|
|cla517||My GSD is 5.5 months and 53 pounds. He's lanky. We have him on Blue Buffalo LBP with .5 tsp of prozyme sprinkled on the food at every feeding (2 c. in the morning and 2 c. at night) Prozyme was a lifesaver for us! No more loose stools, and no more GAS that was threatening to peel the paint off the walls!|
|08-24-2013 12:49 AM|
Thanks! Richter is my first GSD too, I've had labs all my life. I know that when I brought him home I expected that he would become what I pictured as a "standard" GSD. But I had to step back and look at it from a realistic standpoint. An analogy that has helped me is if you go into any 5th grade classroom and look at all the students you'll notice that there are some really big for their age, others who are small, and some who are average. But they are all the same age (for the sake of argument). Everyone is different and standards are a basic "guide" you will always have outliers and anomalies.
Richter is a quintessential GSD, he just happens to be smaller. I love him all the same. He's my boy! People may look at our dogs and see small, skinny, or what have you because they expect to see the big burly red and black sable GSD. Because that's what their used seeing/imagining when they think of a GSD. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what kind of dog Richter is because he's black, and every time I get "ohh he is (a shepherd)?". Don't let others preconceived notions make you feel like you're doing something wrong, because you're not I do know how you feel, looking at other dogs here and asking yourself "why isn't he normal?". Well he is.
I asked if he was still intact because from research I've done and talking with a few vets, if neutered early GSDs tend to be a little "lanky-er" because of they're later maturation schedule. So having him on the leaner side is a good thing. Like others have said its less stressful on joints and overall skeletal development. But I am no expert and don't claim to be one. Just a knowledge hungry, medically trained, dog owner.
The only other piece of advice I can give is, I'd think about switching him off of the BB because it seems that it doesn't agree with a fair ammount of dogs. So getting a food that will firm up his stools with cause less nutrient wasting and will add some mass to him, especially if he is rather active and gets good exercise. This is something I'm speaking from experience on. But as always talk with your vet if you need to.
|08-23-2013 11:43 PM|
|raemandrea||He is my first GSD as an adult, so it does bother me when people keep commenting that he is so skinny. I guess I was just wondering if anyone else has this problem, and how they deal with people. Everyone seems to be an expert( the ones I've ran into) and I get insecure since I had thought he was fine.|
|08-23-2013 11:36 PM|
Yours is beautiful too! Thanks for the picture! Good to know I'm not the only one with an insecurity haha. I appreciate it. He is very leggy. All legs. No, he isn't intact. He had to have emergency surgery at 6 months for having a sock get stuck.. So, they neutered him at the same time. The Vet told me he would be a big boy, and to make sure he grows slowly. I just didn't think he would be this skinny. I don't mind him being lean, but I'd like not to see his ribs. He is very high energy.
I don't know what his parents were as far as size. I wish I knew that too.
|08-23-2013 11:32 PM|
i'm not sure why what people say about your dog is
frustrating or considered a problem.
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