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Help! puppy 25% underweight?

Hi my female puppy is stepping into 13 weeks but only weigh about 20lbs instead of 26.7lbs in the growth chart. She is still on the same smallest hole on the smallest collar since I got her at 8 weeks.

I have been feeding her Canidae All Life Stage beef lamb chicken fish for a couple weeks. I used to feed her Bil Jac puppy food and Purina One puppy food before Canidae. She also used to have roundworms but have been dewormed twice in the last month. My question is should I switch to something with high crude protein (42-44%) to stimulate growth?


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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

Don't get too crazed by the growth charts, they just GENERALLY give a rough idea. Some of our pups grow slower, some faster. Genetics takes over at some point if you are feeding your pup well, so you get what you get.

As long as your vet has cleared for other issues, any your pup is acting full of energy and healthy, AND you are using a good diet and enough of it, then I would try to relax. (though we all obsess....). Talk to the breeder to see how the other pups in the litter are doing, and how past litters grew.

The photo of you pup seems fine, but be better with a side shot, a shot looking down, and a bit closer. Even then though, all the people I know a pup on the lean side is WAY better than a fat puppy, cause the fat ones are the ones that can end up with the health issues later on.




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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

If you can take some pictures of her standing with you standing directly above and then some of her standing from the side then we can tell you more but in that picture she looks absolutely fine. Are her hipbones sticking out? If not then she's probably fine. The growth charts are guidelines but every puppy is different. She may just be small or she may just get a growth spurt a little later.

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

The growth chart is basically worthless. All puppies are individuals.
My pup weighed 12.3 lbs at 8 weeks which the according to the "chart" is small. But at 4 months she is 45 lbs. (And NOT fat.) And the chart says 44LBS at 5 months. So now all of a sudden she is "bigger" than "average". (Mine has been eating Canidae since 9 weeks.)

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

I don't know much but she looks good to me. She looks happy and healthy! I'm sure the others could give you a more specific answer though. Hope you make out ok

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

As the others have said, I wouldn't worry too much as long as he's healthy. My boy Shadow weighed 23lbs at 4 months, but was and is healthy. At 7months, he's 47 lbs. still underweight according to the charts, but well proportioned. And next week, who knows!!! We are going through a growth spurt.

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

the worst thing you could do is try to feed your dog into fitting the weight chart. better that she's lean and healthy and dont worry about the numbers.

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

My male pup Havoc has always been under weight according to the charts. At 12 months he finally weighed what a female 12 month old *should* weigh per the chart. So don't let the chart fool you.

She should have a nice, defined waist with a layer of fat over her ribs. Her hips bones should be felt but not jutting out. If she is thay way she is fine.

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

Because of this thread we weighed Baron last night and he's 86 lbs he's 8 months he looks trim I figured he was high 70's or maybe even 80 nope. So I guess you really have to just go by what looks right huh. As long as they are healthy looking acting ok, and happy I guess thats what counts the most

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Re: Help! puppy 25% underweight?

Yikes!!! Havoc is 73 pounds at 14 months!!! Goes to show the chart is not the holy grail!

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