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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Kaya 8 1/2 weeks old

At 8 1/2 weeks old, Kaya only weighed 7.1 lbs. Should I be concerned?
After reading many posts I saw nothing close to this.
Thanks for any advice.

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Klaus was under weight for some time. I'll post up his wieght by week this evening. Our vet said sometimes they will be in line with what they should weigh and sometimes they wont. As long as he was eating with a healthy appetite not to worry about it. Originally we were feeding him Solid Gold Wolf Pup and he never seemed that interested. We switched to Orijen 80/20 and he gobbles it down! Since the switch he has been stacking on ~3 lbs a week.
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Kaya 8 1/2 weeks and 7.1lbs

Thanks for help. She started having diarrhea, but vet said probably from abrupt food change. She is gobbling it with lots of white rice though. We switched her due to inability to get original food near us. Breeder advised us this would be fine!

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If the vet has checked her over and she's healthy with no parasites, I wouldn't worry. That is small for the age, but she'll probably make up for it later.


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Thanks for help. She started having diarrhea, but vet said probably from abrupt food change. She is gobbling it with lots of white rice though. We switched her due to inability to get original food near us. Breeder advised us this would be fine!
Mix in some pumpkin. That helps with the mud butt. Dogs will get the runs when you switch their food. Should go away in about a week or so after switching.
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Tiny Kaya

Thanks for the help. She thankfully had better "poop"
this morning. It's amazing how much you worry about
someone you only met 6 days ago. She is already
sooooo smart! Love the breed!

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That is quite small, even for a female - but with that said, not all GSD's are going to be big dogs. In fact, I like my female at 65 lbs, she is super easy to travel with, and if she gets injured out hiking/kayaking I can carry her out. At 8 1/2 weeks she was 15 lbs.

As long as your pup is healthy (no parasites, gaining weight steadily), is getting a high quality diet (don't forget the salmon oil!), and lots of exercise, she will reach HER maximum potential size wise.

Good luck with the pup....and I love seeing pictures!! LOL

Also, how is her weight now? Can you feel her ribs lightly under her skin? How about hips and backbone? Is there enough muscle?

You should be able to feel her ribs without depressing the skin too much, there should be muscle covering her shoulders and hind end, her midsection may look a little too skinny and bony, but do not put too much weight on her. She should be kept lean, to reduce the stress on her joints as she grows.

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Tiny Kaya

Thanks for all the info.
Vet did not seem concerned for she is a great eater so far.
I think I will weigh her often to make sure she is headed in the right direction.

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OK, I snuck home for lunch.

4 weeks - 4.5 lbs
7 weeks - 10.3 lbs
8 weeks - 11.1 lbs
9 weeks - 12 lbs
10 weeks - 14 lbs
12 weeks - 20 lbs
14 weeks - 24 lbs
15 weeks - 28 lbs
16 weeks - 30.7 lbs
17 weeks - 34 lbs

He didnt start to gain lots of weight until week 10 and on.
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My Nola weighs 12.3 lbs at 11.5 weeks.. I worry she is under weight after reading all the post. She is on meds for diarrhea and the breeder had her on Purina puppy chow.. I saw you guys mentioned Natures Choice. Is it any good. I can get it for a great price on base. I really what to get her off the Purina.
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