|10-26-2013 08:13 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
It is really important to 'grow them' slowly, an overweight young GSD is not healthy and may contribute to medical conditions such as HD. However 65 pounds (29 kilos) for a 13 month old male that looks quite tall is slim.
If you feel that you are feeding him the right amount of food or even a bit more and he is not gaining weight then you may need to look at whether medical issues might the key. I wouldn't worry about the exercise, it sounds like he is receiving adequate exercise and he will need this for muscle building.
My 2 and 1/'2 year old boy has only recently been diagnosed with EPI Overview - EPI * Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and after about 5 weeks of treatment he has gained 4 kilos through eating the same amount of food and EPI medication.
I wanted to reply to this post because I didn't know anything about EPI previously, I didn't know anyone with an EPI dog and if I had of had my boy tested a year ago, this condition would of been diagnosed and he would of been on medication earlier. Having only been just diagnosed and having EPI for, what I suspect, quite some time then being diagnosed earlier would of saved him from becoming anxious and fear aggressive (due to him eating and eating and eating but because his pancreatious doesn't work - he was starving to death at the same time).
If you suspect your boy might be an EPI dog, please go to your vet and have him tested - it is a simple blood test and can easily be managed by giving him a 'Creon' capsule before each meal (is really easy and not expensive to treat)
|10-26-2013 07:40 PM|
It's impossible to tell with the pics provided need a good overhead shot of his body to see if he is underweight.
That said, 6-12 cups of good a day is an ENORMOUS amount of food. My 9mo old male gets Max 5 cups after a very busy day. Usually 4 cups.
If you are unable to maintain weight at the current amount I would see a veterinarian. That's not normal. Iams is not the best food on the market, but there should still not be the need to feed that much kibble. That's enough for a Great Dane puppy.
Most GSD young adults should be getting between 3-5 cups a day. Depending on activity level. No more. I would also see the advice of a GSD trainer or breeder. Most dogs are fat. It is sometimes hard to see a correct weight dog, especially in the US, where everything is oversized. I have people tell me all the time my dogs are too skinny. I reply with , " they are correct working weight". It's hard for some people to believe a correct weight for a male GSD to be 80-85 lbs.
Sent from Petguide.com Free App
|10-26-2013 07:18 PM|
I fed mine blue wilderness for the first year. It has no by products and is high in protein. He loved it at fist but over time it began him not wanting to eat unless I added tuna in water which isn't really a problem. I was feeding about 4 cups a day so id go through a bag every two weeks. Overall I liked it as a dry dog food but wow salmon flavor really smells coming out the backend. I wanted a few more lbs on him and more nutrition so I switched him to raw.
Watch the ingredients on the bag for no by products no grains (rice) and make sure the first ingredient says "beef" as example not beef meal or plant meal which isn't a meat protein.
|10-10-2013 02:44 PM|
|10-10-2013 02:40 PM|
Thanks for the replying everyone.
What do you guys think of blue buffalo, or wilderness brand
|10-10-2013 10:16 AM|
Take him to the Vet to rule out any medical problems.
Iams is a low quality food if you switched to a better kibble then you wouldn't feed 6-8 cups, you'd feed around 4 cups. Not to mention that getting him on a better kibble will mean less poop, less shedding, a nicer more rich looking coat and a healthier pup.
|10-10-2013 09:22 AM|
agreed on the need to improve the food which is his basic diet.
If you are going to the vet have the stool examined for whip worm , and others .
You may want to add some digestive enzymes and probiotics to help the dog get benefit from the nutrition in the food.
|10-10-2013 07:52 AM|
Definitely get him checked out.
Great that you are adding REAL food! You can also add some raw meat when cooking it for your family!
Switch to a better kibble. Iam's uses By-products which includes intestines WITH fecal matter in them and their vitamans/minerals come from China!
Choose a better quality food, something like Fromm's, Nature's VARIETY (NOT Nature's Recipe), or Acana, usually only purchased from a doggie boutique type store. If you can't find it in your area, let me know.
|10-10-2013 12:41 AM|
i think you should take him to the Vet for a complete check up.
when you go to the Vet take a stool an urine sample. you may
want to switch to a better brand than Iams. the tuna you feed
is it fresh or canned? when i give my dog canned tuna it's in water,
no salt added. feeding 6 to 8 cups up to 12 cups is alot of food
but i guess it depends on the dog.
i got my pup when he was 9 weeks old. i fed him 1 cup in the am,
1 cup noonish and 1 cup in the pm. he had a snack and training
treats throughout the day. i think he was 9 months old when
i started feeding 1 cup in the am and 1 cup in the pm. he had
a snack occasionally but he always had his training treats.
you have nice looking dog. good luck with him.
|10-10-2013 12:28 AM|
Have you taken him to the vet?
I can't tell what he looks like from the photos...sorry.
Eating 6-8, up to 12, cups of food a day seems like a LOT of food, IMO.
|This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.|