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Old 08-03-2017, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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severely underweight puppy

Hello everyone i think my puppy is severely underweight. The vet didnt think the age was correct when i showed him the papers so i contacted the breeder. He told me the age was correct and that this was the mothers last litter and she nursed them poorly. So by going off the breeder he's 17 weeks old and weighs 15lbs. I feed him half a cup 3 times a day but now im wondering if i should be feeding him more as he's less than half of what he should be according to what i read online. I saw his father and he was huge, his mother looked normal the other puppies around him didnt look any bigger so i dont think he was a runt. Im lost, any help is appreciated.
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half a cup 3 times per day is very deficient ---
get the best possible feed , good clean protein, essential fatty acids .

you can run an immune system into the ground and that begs for all sorts of developmental and
emotional and long range health problems.

what are you feeding?
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And your vet didn't tell you to feed the dog more?

Where are you located? Buy some of the best food you can and feed him.

For your reference, my 17 week old was getting between 3 and 4 cups a day if memory serves me right.

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And your vet didn't tell you to feed the dog more?

Where are you located? Buy some of the best food you can and feed him.

For your reference, my 17 week old was getting between 3 and 4 cups a day if memory serves me right.
I live in northern indiana.

My vet didnt think by his body that size that he was that old. Ive had him maybe 4 weeks. when i got him he was 10 lbs or less. I was feeding him that blue buffalo wolf stuff because of their solid branding but my vet told me to stick to big name stuff. so hes on large breed purina puppy food right now. Im not partial to any brand. Money isnt a problem, i believe in giving a pet the absolute best. But when my breeder told me he was actually his age, i got worried because all the picture online show much bigger dogs. My breeder told me he fed the pups twice a day. So i thought if anything i was over feeding him. Is purina puppy food good or should i switch it up? Right now i feed him 3 times a day, when he wakes up around 9-10 am, 2pm, and 6pm. He has about 4 bowel movements through out the day. Im a night owl so i usually take him out at 1 am so he has a bowel movement before bed and he hasnt had any accidents throughout the night since the 1st week (knock on wood).
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here is the most recent picture i have
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He has about 4 bowel movements through out the day

--with Purina , he would ! So much filler that is indigestible - anti nutrition .

his coat looks rough

does he have a good appetite?
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He has about 4 bowel movements through out the day

--with Purina , he would ! So much filler that is indigestible - anti nutrition .

his coat looks rough

does he have a good appetite?
He has a good appetite and they did a fecal test and everything was fine.

What food would you suggest?

His coat is very coarse and dry

How many bowel movements is the norm?
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I would deworm this pup regardless of test results.
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I used and liked Fromm Large Breed Puppy.

A lot of vets are proponents of Purina, Science Diet, Iams. I wouldn't feed any of those brands normally.

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Lots of misinformation coming from vets. I would feed Fromm Large Breed Puppy if you can get it in India. Blue is better than Purina, although they have had a few recalls.

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