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I took Alexa to the vet yesterday to be weighed and she is 38.2lbs at 20.5 weeks. Seems a little small...? I think she looks good to me. Here is a picture of her from last week. Her rib cage is visible but not the individual ribs.





I'm just worried because I'm feeding raw and I worry sometimes that maybe she's stunted because I'm feeding her wrong? I'm just a panicky person

Her biggest weight gain to date was in July when she gained 9 lbs in just over 2 weeks. 4 weeks ago she was weighed and was 32 lbs. All these weights were on the same scale.

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Alexa is gorgeous!!! Looks good from here
You may have to up her feeding amount if she is going thru a growth spurt. Your hands on her are the best way of gauging it. Karlo is from working lines and gained an average of 4# a week at that age, it tapered off at 23 weeks when teething kicked in heavily. He was 50#@20 weeks-rawfed, as well. I can see/feel ribs, (sables show it more) but he is not what I would call skinny, just lanky and he does have muscle tone. He has always been about 10# heavier than his littermates(mostly female) since about 3 months or so, weight isn't really as important as how they feel, a pups structure/weight tends to be different w/ the different lines anyway.

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She looks good from here

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Looks good to me.

I have the same fears with Stark, people are always telling me he is too skinny but honestly I don't think he is. I like him lean.

Beacause he is raw-fed I too worry about the same things (weight gain/loss, development, nutrition).

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlAlexa is gorgeous!!! Looks good from here
You may have to up her feeding amount if she is going thru a growth spurt. Your hands on her are the best way of gauging it. Karlo is from working lines and gained an average of 4# a week at that age, it tapered off at 23 weeks when teething kicked in heavily. He was 50#@20 weeks-rawfed, as well. I can see/feel ribs, (sables show it more) but he is not what I would call skinny, just lanky and he does have muscle tone. He has always been about 10# heavier than his littermates(mostly female) since about 3 months or so, weight isn't really as important as how they feel, a pups structure/weight tends to be different w/ the different lines anyway.
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I think same with Alexa as far as her being more lanky and muscular than pretty much any other puppy we've met so far. Some people comment on her weight, and think she's too thin, but I think it's because people are used to seeing roly poly puppies.

I have upped her food slightly the last few days because she is much more active lately, so I think a growth spurt may be on its way! She is Am Show line, so if my understanding is correct, she's going to be smaller than her working line cousins at maturity as well.

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Originally Posted By: elisabeth_00117Looks good to me.

I have the same fears with Stark, people are always telling me he is too skinny but honestly I don't think he is. I like him lean.

Beacause he is raw-fed I too worry about the same things (weight gain/loss, development, nutrition).
I completely agree. I see way too many dogs who are clearly overweight and their owners don't seem to even notice. With all the hip/joint issues these guys are prone too, I don't want to encourage them in any way.

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Re: Weight Question

When Dante was a pup he'd go from just right to a bit too ribby seeminly over night.
I never worried about it - just upped his food as needed.

She looks great in the photos!

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I think she looks great, and not too thin at all. She's very shiny! She may be a smaller female or she may just be taking her time in growing in terms of size but looking at her I think she looks perfectly appropriate.

I went to PetsMart the other day with our puppy who is almost 6 months old and about 47lbs. He is all legs and ears and has a leaner build- I like to think of it as athletic. Some guy stopped me and was telling me about his dog that he had..."He looked just like your guy, really skinny and underweight. but don't worry!! He really filled out and was very handsome later on in life."


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Originally Posted By: JKlatskyI think she looks great, and not too thin at all. She's very shiny! She may be a smaller female or she may just be taking her time in growing in terms of size but looking at her I think she looks perfectly appropriate.

I went to PetsMart the other day with our puppy who is almost 6 months old and about 47lbs. He is all legs and ears and has a leaner build- I like to think of it as athletic. Some guy stopped me and was telling me about his dog that he had..."He looked just like your guy, really skinny and underweight. but don't worry!! He really filled out and was very handsome later on in life."


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Re: Weight Question

Photos are great! I use the "pinch an inch" method - if I can pinch an inch then my dogs need to be cut back. If I see individual ribs (not just the outline of the cage) then I need to feed more. If you feel she needs more then feed more. I think it is so easy to overfeed - you know how us humans love our Supersize everything! LOL

While going through growth spurts there were times that Angeles needed to be fed extra. Even though he had his breakfast, lunch and dinner, a midnight snack wasn't out of the question a few times. I just watched him and learned to listen to what he was wanting from me. As the weather has been changing he has asked for an extra cup of food. Winter months I can get maybe 1/2 an inch behind his ribs now....so he doing good.

Your baby is absolutely gorgeous


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