|10-24-2013 05:33 PM|
|Liesje||If the dog looks and acts healthy I would not be concerned. The last dog I raised at those ages weighed he same (give or take 2lbs) from 8 months to 20 months.|
|10-24-2013 03:57 PM|
|Rangers_mom||Thanks for your response Riotgirl. I do love my little GSD. I just want to make sure he is healthy.|
|10-24-2013 03:39 PM|
I can tell you that every scale in every office across the world is most likely off unless they check it daily...and trust me at vets offices we don't. Every hospital I've worked at the scale has been off between 0.5lbs-1.5lbs. I was generally the only one who cared due to my own personal training and use of them So if the scales were off at both hospitals, especially in opposite directions, that is highly likely the reason for the discrepancy. Also, unless the scale is specifically designed for dogs (few are) motion of any kind distorts the reading. Diarrhea generally only causes temporary water weight loss. Keep an eye on it but don't be overly concerned at this point
PS I wish my GSD weighed 64lbs! Mine is 120!!! And no he's not overweight he's just a giant
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|10-23-2013 12:57 PM|
Shanna I am small as well, 5 foot nothing, so I am actually relieved that Ranger is small. The final size was not a problem for me it was the lack of weight gain at a time when I would have expected weight gain.
And you are absolutely correct about Ranger being fast and boy is he agile. He can turn on a dime. I used to have a 30 lbs aussie/border collie that was like the wind. I would love to see her and Ranger. I have a feeling that she could have put Ranger in his place.
|10-23-2013 12:46 PM|
|Rangers_mom||Thanks Nigel that is very interesting. Our Ranger is very small boned so I wouldn't expect him to be big. I guess I just would have expected more weight gain between 8 months and 17 months. It does make me feel better to know that your Ranger also lost a little weight. Maybe it is an exercise thing.|
|10-23-2013 12:44 PM|
I was a little worried about Delgado's weight when he was younger; I think it's pretty normal when they're pups to worry about their health. The older he got though the more I realized how healthy he was, his actual weight didn't matter as it's just a number
He was at the vets for his yearly check-up in June and weighed in at 67 lbs. so he gained one pound between 10-17 months. I think he might have put on another pound or maybe two now but really I just know now that he's at the lower end of the standard for a male and I'm perfectly content with that. The vet is thrilled with him and Delgado's happy so I'm happy as well.
To get Delgado to weigh in at 80 - 85lbs would mean he would be just plain fat and I don't see that as a better alternative. It sounds like Ranger is just built like Delgado as well, small and lightning quick I bet
To all the naysayers who comment on how small he is I just smile and say he matches his owner (I'm only 4'11") That shuts them up pretty quick lol
|10-23-2013 12:41 PM|
|Nigel||This may not help much, but our Ranger weighed upward of 95 lbs at one year. He's very large boned, big headed coatie and looks deceptively larger than he is. The last three vet visits (14-16months)he was 92,91 and again 91, so even though he's still growing he lost 4 lbs? We asked the vet and he didn't think anything of it. We have been more active with him and he is now in two classes, one for rally and the other for PP, maybe it's the extra activity, IDK, but he's very happy and healthy.|
|10-23-2013 12:31 PM|
The SE vet is 2 hours away from my house. Besides I am not sure I could even take him there at this point since he is no longer in the program.
Since nobody else responded I am going to take that as a good sign - as a sign that it is nothing to be concerned about. Thanks to everyone who read this post. I know it sounds a little strange but I appreciate even those who didn't respond. It reaffirms my gut instinct which is to not worry about this.
|10-23-2013 11:11 AM|
|Nigel||Different scales could account for some of it and no doubt diarrhea too. I'd bet most vets buy a scale and rarely if ever calibrate it. Try weighing him again at the SE vet and see what numbers you get.|
|10-23-2013 10:14 AM|
60.2 lbs at 8 months, 61.4 lbs at 17 months
I was looking over Ranger's records and noticed a concerning lack of weight gain. In January he weighed 60.2 lbs when he went to the vet at the Seeing Eye facility veternarian. Last month he weighed 61.4 lbs. at his current vet. In all fairness he was visiting the vet for recurring diarrhea, but when he went to the vet a month earlier (August of this year) he only weighed 64 lbs.
Other than his recent bout with diarrhea which has been resolved, he seems very healthy and happy and energetic. Based on his appearance our family had thought that he had gained a fair amount of weight since January. He is still small, but to us he seemed to have filled out. Is it possible that the two vets have scales that are measuring weight differently - ie. one scale is wrong? The current vet never mentioned any concerns about his weight. Do you think I should be concerned? I don't mind that he is small, but I am concerned that he is healthy.