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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy too skinny?

I'm thinking Kain is on the skinny side. He's 12 weeks old today and weighs 23 lbs. His Dad is 90 lbs and his Mom is German lines 75 lbs. I'm feeing him Wellness LBP. The bag says 2.5 cups a day, but we've been feeding him 2 cups twice a day. I know the bag is just a guideline, but he seems so skinny to me. His hip bones stick out and I can feel his spine so easily. Is this gangly GSD syndrome or his he too skinny?
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Add: he's very energetic and is a happy boy! He goes on walks daily.
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Can't help without a picture. Preferably from the top and parallel to the side. You can't judge a puppy's weight by numbers alone. The body condition is all that matters. My 6.5 month old bitch is 39 pounds and is a very healthy weight. It depends on each individual dog.

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Best I can do he is squirmy! And it's not the lbs that bother me, it's the way he looks and feels. He feels like a bag of bones on the top but his tummy isn't tucked up too bad on the bottom.


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He looks thin. Feeding that much food I would be thinking parasites or something. How are his poops?


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Has he been to the vet and had a fecal? At 12 weeks old, he should have. My pups 2 weeks younger and almost half that weight and he's perfectly fine.

Couple pointers though. It's better to feed 3 times a day at that age if possible. I'm feeding 1 cup in 3 separate meals.

Also, I'd be careful about those walks too. How many sets of shots has he had so far? I'd wait until a minimum of his second shot before letting him walk around like that. Some will say wait until his third set at around 16 weeks to make sure he's fully vaccinated and protected.
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Even if his poops are ok I would take him to the vet. Get checked over and probably deworm anyways. Your feeding almost double the recommended daily amount. I went and double checked it too. He shouldn't be so thin at that amount of food. Something is going on.


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He was dewormed at 8 weeks. His 12 week appt is coming up next week. Feeding him 3 times daily isn't possible with our work schedule. I'm worried he will have to poop too much and we won't be here to let him out. His poops are good. 3x daily at regular times solid.

He's in a key socialization period, so I'm not counting on the rare case of him getting a disease walking on the sidewalk around our block in exchange for him being well socialized. Vets are more concerned with disease than behavioral issues.
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Parvo isn't that rare. There are a lot of other ways to socialize than taking your puppy for daily walks, but it's your pup.

If the vet says he's healthy, I'd stop worrying about weight. He's probably fine.
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My dog was eating alot also and still not getting any heavier. I took her to the vet who referred me to a Gastro Specialist for dogs and they found that she had Pancreatic Insufficiency, she had to be on a supplement of enzymes and special Science diet food but she live to be 8 and died of something totally different. Just a suggestion.
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