|10-25-2013 10:42 AM|
Oh ya, I forgot that you got him from a shelter, well at least he is a little older than the normal 6 month neuter age. I like to wait until the dog is more physically mature before neutering because he is still growing and needs the hormones. JMO
|10-25-2013 10:32 AM|
Thanks LoveEcho and LaRen616! I will definitely use the remainder of the Iams to wean him onto a better kibble. I don't know if it's an option to wait on his neutering. Normally the shelter doesn't even allow them out without it, and we had to sign an agreement that we'd bring him back in a month to have it done. I could ask, though...what are the issues?
|10-25-2013 10:18 AM|
I would hold off on neutering him until he is between 18-24 months and more physically mature.
I agree with LoveEcho about feeding a different kibble, I have had success with Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness, Solid Gold and Wellness Core. Although Wellness Core is my favorite, Taste of the Wild is more affordable.
I don't think that you are putting the weight on too fast.
|10-25-2013 10:08 AM|
He sounds like he's going to be a great friend! I would feed a higher quality kibble- he'll be able to get more nutritional value from something else with less processed stuff in it. The amount you end up feeding him will depend a lot on the kibble, but I wouldn't recommend Iams. I personally feed Taste of the Wild to my hard-to-keep-weight-on dog, but that's simply because he is so sensitive that it's the only thing he's done well on, and it's pretty affordable. There is a ton of information in the feeding forum about what foods people recommend and why- different foods work well for different dogs (and budgets).
He is gorgeous
|10-25-2013 09:58 AM|
What is a healthy weight gain rate for an underweight dog?
Hi, I registered here to ask this question. My family adopted Ben, who apparently is a full Shepherd, from the county animal services last Monday. He had come in as a stray, and was emaciated. In fact, although they require all animals to be spayed/neutered before adoption, they said Ben was too thin to neuter, and told us to bring him back in a month.
Age: The shelter vet estimated that Ben is 3 years old, but I think the way he was (barely) moving threw that off. A week later, when Ben was feeling much better, we took him for a checkup and that vet thinks he's 8 months.
Diet: We've been feeding him Iams puppy food, 4 or 5 cups a day, which I calculated to be the caloric requirement for a 75 pound dog. He's 25 inches at the shoulders, so that's my guess at his healthy weight. The vet said rather than a healthy weight they look at overall appearance, but I had to base it on something, so I guessed 75 pounds.
Exercise: We've been going on walks, and taking him to the dog park for an hour a day.
It's been 10 days since we brought him home, and he's been gaining at a rate of about 2 pounds per week. He was about 60 when we got him, and he's 63 today. Is that about right? Too fast? Too slow (I kind of doubt that)?