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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Underdeveloped Female

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I have a 2 year old German Shepherd who’s about 45lbs that won’t put on weight. She eats a raw diet and we’ve been feeding her 2.5lbs of food per day which is substantial. She’s an active dog but I don’t see why she wouldn’t gain any weight eating that much food. She has been tested for epi and parasites, negative on both. She also looks underdeveloped, as if she’s stuck in her puppy phase. Has anyone else experienced this with their dog or have any insight? Thanks.
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She might just be a small female. Any info on her parents size? Pictures would be helpful. Top over view and standing side view. Breed standard for females is 48-70 lbs. She won't fully settle into her adult weight for another 6-12 months.
My female stayed a steady 65-67 lbs (she's taller) from age 1 to 2 years. Between years 2 and 3 she began to put on more muscle and physically mature. Before we knew it she had literally plumped out to 78 lbs. Then the vet said she needs to take off 5-10 lbs. As much as we have tried to take the weight off she seems to stay steady at 78 lbs even though we steadily decreased her food (80% raw fed) from 2.5 lbs per day to 1.25 lbs per day. At 6 she is still 78 lbs.
Point being if she is otherwise healthy/active and vet has ruled out health issues I wouldn't worry too much unless she is substantially underweight.

This body condition chart might be helpful
https://www.aaha.org/public_document...ionscoring.pdf
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She might just be a small female. Any info on her parents size? Pictures would be helpful. Top over view and standing side view. Breed standard for females is 48-70 lbs. She won't fully settle into her adult weight for another 6-12 months.
My female stayed a steady 65-67 lbs (she's taller) from age 1 to 2 years. Between years 2 and 3 she began to put on more muscle and physically mature. Before we knew it she had literally plumped out to 78 lbs. Then the vet said she needs to take off 5-10 lbs. As much as we have tried to take the weight off she seems to stay steady at 78 lbs even though we steadily decreased her food (80% raw fed) from 2.5 lbs per day to 1.25 lbs per day. At 6 she is still 78 lbs.
Point being if she is otherwise healthy/active and vet has ruled out health issues I wouldn't worry too much unless she is substantially underweight.

This body condition chart might be helpful
https://www.aaha.org/public_document...ionscoring.pdf
Thanks for the response. I will take a couple photos and post them here. She is healthy and the vet says everything looks normal so maybe this year she will fill out a bit.
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Has she had normal heat cycles?
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