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02-03-2014 03:31 AM
Harry and Lola Fantastic - watch he doesn't get too fat now!
02-03-2014 01:51 AM
NLH2154 I want to thank everyone who replied and messaged their advice. I have changed Tyson's eating schedule as well as the amount he eats at one time. Tyson now eats 2 cups of dry food mixed with 1/4 lb of ground beef or deer. My other breeds seem to have benefitted from the change as well. One had the same build as Tyson and seems to be more energetic. The both of them have gained about 10 lbs each and no longer seem uncomfortable when some one is petting their ribs or hips.

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01-16-2014 11:47 AM
RubyTuesday IF he's healthy, happy, active & free of parasites then I wouldn't worry about his weight. Lean is good, imo. Most of us, canine & human, gain weight with age. Much better to add that weight to a lean & toned body than to an unnecessarily & prematurely bulked out frame.

Animals, (including humans), can be incredibly lean, bone thin in fact, & be very, very healthy. Given our culture of relative ease & abundance we've truly lost sight of that. Far more illness & early death is attributable to excess weight than to being lean, including very lean. Sadly, all too often, even modern physicians & vets have fallen victim to the generally unnecessary concerns of being 'too thin' especially if their patients worry about it.

I'm curious...Why was he put on a steroid to help with growth? Was he diagnosed with a particular disease, condition or syndrome? Which steroid was he given?
01-16-2014 04:48 AM
Harry and Lola I was going to suggest testing him for EPI, but if he has almost doubled his weight since being with you, then he is clearly digesting his food.

When I need to fatten mine up, I feed fattier type meats such as lamb ground mince and beef ground mince (not the lean one, choose the cheapest one which has more fat). When they need to lose weight I feed kangaroo (very lean)

I wouldn't leave dry food all day for him to nibble at, as they usually don't because it is not very palatable and if he is not eating all of it, then actually he is only getting between 1 to 2 cups a day - this is not enough for a 14month old.

Try feeding him ground mince (fatty one) about 200grams mixed in with 2 cups of dry food and mixed up with some water and your vitamins - feed this both in the morning and in the evening. Aim for 4 cups of dry and 400grams of raw until he has gained appropriate weight.
01-16-2014 12:41 AM
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It's hard to catch a pic of him when he's not sleeping.
01-15-2014 10:43 PM
Twyla It may be that he is a slimmer GSD.

Woolf is 3 yrs old 27 in tall and a slim 69 lbs. - aka Mr Tall and Skinny. He has 3 cups a day divided in 2 meals + toppings of fish, beef or chicken and I use the roll food for training treats. Woolf came to us malnourished as well.

You may want to consider changing his food to 2 meals instead of grazing. Easier to judge how much he is eating. You may find also that he is hungrier at one meal or the other and adjust amounts as needed.
01-15-2014 10:27 PM
NLH2154 Well emaciated is no longer a term I will use for his weight. Mainly because he has almost doubled his weight since he was found. I was actually passing his lean build off because of the constant exercise. However my vet advised me that Tyson should be putting some meat on over his hip bones.

As to what brand dog food I use, it's divided in two parts. One I leave dry dog food down for him all day so he can eat it as needed. Two I mix a cup of dry dog food in with cooked ground deer meat and add in some vitamin additives his vet prescribed. I use Nuetrena dog foods. The last food advice his vet gave me was to ween him off of higher protein foods.

The one thing I won't do is cut back on his play time. His drive to chase prey is something we both enjoy.

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01-15-2014 08:25 PM
JackandMattie My rescue came to me at eleven months and weighed 63 lbs (the same as my adult female Weimaraner). I could see his rib cage, his backbones, hip bones. It was very distressing. I tried all kinds of kibble, added silk balls, etc, and several months later he was still barely pushing 68 lbs. Vet checked out fine. No parasites, perfect bloodwork, etc. and even if I tried to feed him more and more, he would just stop eating when he was full, and I had to pick it back up to keep the Weim from becoming obese

Then I spent several months resigned to the fact that I just owned a skinny dog who was not interested in food. He was healthy in every other respect, and I understood he didn't need extra weight at that young age (leaner is better), but owning a dog who looks like he is being starved is hard to handle.

So I picked back up on my research, and made a discovery and a very drastic change. We went prey model raw. For the first time ever, I watched him get excited for his dinner and eat with gusto and abandon. And granted, he was approaching his second birthday, so it was about time for him to start filling out, but the change was remarkable. He packed on some weight and more muscle, and the Weim slimmed down and also started looking more defined.

And in the end, I could have kicked myself for all the time spent looking for the perfect formula kibble, hours wasted preparing crazy recipe silk balls, etc., when all it took was to feed the dog a ridiculously simple, naturally canine diet. Doh!

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01-15-2014 07:58 PM
Gretchen No one in my family (human or animal) has ever had a problem not gaining weight!
How much and often do you feed him? Do you think adding something healthy like and occasional egg or can of sardines might help? Or feed 3x day?

I just wanted to say how kind it is of you to rescue this dog and give it a loving home.
01-15-2014 04:12 PM
doggiedad maybe you have a smaller GSD. some are smaller than others.
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