|08-22-2014 06:40 PM|
|Galathiel||If your pup gained 3 lbs that week, I don't think you can say you're underfeeding. Obviously it's growing! You really want to keep weight gain between 2-3 lbs a week; otherwise, it may experience TOO fast a rate of growth and the problems that can cause.|
|08-22-2014 03:18 PM|
My male easily ate 3 cups of kibble (we feed raw alterating days as well) and each cup of the kibble I feed has 525 calories/cup. He has never been pudgy. At 13.5 weeks, I have just upped his kibble intake to 5 cups a day (same kibble) because he was definitely showing too much rib on the previous amount.
Although - he definitely sounds larger (maybe just more bone?) than the OP's dog. He was already 16.5 lbs at 6.5 weeks.
But just something to consider in delivering the correct amount of calories needed.
I definitely agree that 1.5 cups sounds like it is not enough for this particular puppy. Rather than add "cups", I would see what the calories/cup are and then add 25% for a week and see if the puppy's weight stabilizes and go from there.
|08-22-2014 03:03 PM|
|Julz||Thank you everyone! I'm upping her food a little. If she wasn't so fuzzy, I'm sure I'd be able to see her ribs when she's standing.|
|08-21-2014 06:28 PM|
|08-21-2014 05:55 PM|
|08-21-2014 05:44 PM|
When Bruin was eating Orijen LBP I felt he needed more than the bag suggested. He was 14 pounds at 8 weeks so eating more than your girl, but I still felt the bag suggested less than he needed. You couldn't see his ribs all the time, but when he was laying on his side on the floor I felt they were too visible (not stretched out, just laying down).
Judging by his activity level and sleeping schedule, I figured he was having a big growth spurt so I upped it when he looked a little thin and lowered it when he looked a little plump (such as after my in-laws, who thought he looked "too skinny," fed him like 4 cups in a sitting... grrr).
Also, he gained about 3 pounds a week from 8 to 13 weeks old, so it sounds like she is growing well!
|08-21-2014 05:25 PM|
I'm worried I may be under feeding
I would feed her more. 1 cup 3 times a day. Orijen or not doesn't matter in my opinion. She's growing she's a baby feed her. 1 1/2 total seems too little for a growing puppy. Go by how she looks. As long as you see her waistline. Which at 9 weeks you won't see it. You will around 12-13 weeks. All pups are different but at 8 weeks my female was 16lbs. At 4 1/2 months now she's eating over 4 cups a day and lean
|08-20-2014 10:15 PM|
As long as all worms have been ruled out and the pups been checked and tested and cleared by a vet I would simplify it and just feed what the bag says.
My GSD's in the past and now would eat to death or to bloat if given the option. I have one now that I could free feed, only problem is the other one will keep eating her food.
So as far as feeding, just do what your doing. If the pup is still hungry, ignore it if good health signs are present. I wouldn't be so quick to give more food. My boy would eat dinner every 15 minutes if I let him.
Stay with the LBP Orijen, great food if the pup can handle it.. As far as weight goes it depends on each dog. They are not all the same size and weight.
Most people think that GSD pups are skinny until they are two.
|08-20-2014 10:12 PM|
|Julz||Thank you! I'll up her to 2 cups until she sees the vet, then ask her what she thinks.|
|08-20-2014 09:33 PM|
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