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chrisnobles 10-11-2010 09:54 AM

Diet for new shepherd owner
 
hello i am new to german shepherds and this is my first one. He is 8 months old and his name is Scout. i have had him for 4 months and when i first got him he was a full puppy. After a month or two i noticed he was not holding his weight. He started being crate train but then moved outside for a month due to issues at the home with remodeling. Now we are bringing him back in but he seems underfed according to his new trainer. The first trainer told me to feed him 1 1-2 to 2 cups of food 2 times a day. The new trainer said at 8 months that he should be at least 50-70 lbs and he is at about 38 and the vet said he has no health issues. I was given a diet and wanted to see if anyone else had this issue before.
His new diet is 4 cups of food to start and a cup of milk and for day one raw meat at both feedings. if he eats all of his food fill the bowl back without milk and let him continue until he is full. let him stay on his lease outside for about an hr and put him in his crate until dinner feeding. Repeat this for 2 weeks to see if he can put on weight.

Like i said i am new to shepherds so i was given misinformation and have a border-line healthy dog. Any help or advice given would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

ahazra 10-11-2010 10:27 AM

What test did the vet perform to conclude that Scout is health ? Blood test/liver bile test, stool test/ XRays ? My shepherd was underweight at 4 1/2 months. The Vet did all these tests and concluded that although my puppy was healthy the vet wasn't convinced that everything is normal. He asked me to go to a internal medicine specialist to do further tests. You might want to take a second opinion with another vet/specialist

jakeandrenee 10-11-2010 10:32 AM

Get another opinion, 38 pounds @ 8 months sounds way to small. Has he had tests, fecal?

Emoore 10-11-2010 10:43 AM

I wouldn't feed milk, but the kibble and raw meat are fine, provided it's a good-quality dog food and the puppy doesn't have any worms or intestinal parasites. Might be time for a trip to the vet to make sure your pup is healthy and parasite- free.

vat 10-11-2010 10:58 AM

I agree, get another opinion, that is a very low weight for a male. Also if I am reading your post correct you were told to keep him crated from breakfast til dinner? Bad idea! I would increase the food and the raw is good. Instead of milk I would use whole milk cottage cheese. Add a few tablespoons to each meal.

Also I have read here that Satin Balls will put on weight. I think the recipe is here if you do a search. But most important is to find out why he is so under weight.

roxy84 10-11-2010 04:40 PM

the dog food he is eating may certainly be playing a role if all health concerns are ruled out.

sgibson94 10-11-2010 05:36 PM

Our dog had that same problem. The vet said "boy shes skinny" but she ate so much it was unbelievable. well first we found out she had worms (she was 6weeks old) so we got rid of thoes and started feeding her Iams. I know that GSD have a different digestave system then other dogs so they cant eat a lot of things without throwing up or in our dogs case having dirrea. So anything like sience diet (if you can afford it) or iams is awesome. and make sure not to give them any people food. ONLY the dog food you buy them. we give ours a peanut once in awhile or a small piece of cheese when she starts having that problem. Our vet also said to try peptobismol about a tablespoon to help with that problem as well. but make sure you check with your personal vet for your dog to make sure thats ok for your pet.

onyx'girl 10-11-2010 08:00 PM

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Our dog had that same problem. The vet said "boy shes skinny" but she ate so much it was unbelievable. well first we found out she had worms (she was 6weeks old) so we got rid of thoes and started feeding her Iams. I know that GSD have a different digestave system then other dogs so they cant eat a lot of things without throwing up or in our dogs case having dirrea. So anything like sience diet (if you can afford it) or iams is awesome. and make sure not to give them any people food. ONLY the dog food you buy them. we give ours a peanut once in awhile or a small piece of cheese when she starts having that problem.
Iams and science diet are not awesome, they are full of grains and fillers.
Table foods aren't usually the cause of diarrhea either. My dogs eat a variety of human grade food and never have runny poo, though I balance the meat, bone and organ appropriately. They also get yogurt, eggs and cheese. Never have problems with what I feed.

Most 6 week old pups have worms, the breeder should have wormed your pup a couple of times and not sent it home so young.


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