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My puppy is 25.5 inches, 8 months. And she WAS 60 pounds but just dropped down to 54. Should I be concerned?! She had pneumonia but was totally cleared with X-rays and she has the same very healthy appetite. But she just seems so thin! The vet said recently we should keep her thin as much as possible which I agree with, but is 6 pounds normal? ? Should I supplement her food with a little something extra? She eats veggies, chicken, rice, turkey etc from this awesome fresh dog food company we found.
 

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I don't know but it looks like she's fine from your pictures. First, being only 8 months old she's in the lanky adolescent stage. And 2nd, have you recently changed her activity level? Meaning...is she being exercised more? Maybe she's getting into her "fighting' weight. Third, she recently had pneumonia. A little sickness can cause her to lose a little weight. 4th, maybe you weighed her on 2 different scales. I know the one at my vet's office always gives a different reading than the one I have at home...and it could be as much as a 5 lbs difference. And finally, it could be other health issues, but I don't want to go there yet
 

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Good pouts by tc68. I'd keep track of her on the same scale. Anymore unexplained loss definitely a vet visit. With unexplained weight loss you have to check for EPI..but she looks ok from that one pick. Were it my dog I would mention it to the vet and then keep track using same scale.
 

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I don't know but it looks like she's fine from your pictures. First, being only 8 months old she's in the lanky adolescent stage. And 2nd, have you recently changed her activity level? Meaning...is she being exercised more? Maybe she's getting into her "fighting' weight. Third, she recently had pneumonia. A little sickness can cause her to lose a little weight. 4th, maybe you weighed her on 2 different scales. I know the one at my vet's office always gives a different reading than the one I have at home...and it could be as much as a 5 lbs difference. And finally, it could be other health issues, but I don't want to go there yet
Same scale. ? But maybe mine is broken! I’ll try her on our neighbors. Is it possible that her height has been growing so fast that her weight can’t keep up? She really shot up the last 3 months.

I’ve also been following this food: justfoodfordogs.com. And I feed her a few more ounces than they suggest. But the ideal weight thing is confusing. I feed her about 40 ounces of chicken,veggies, and rice a day. Does that sound like enough?
 

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Good pouts by tc68. I'd keep track of her on the same scale. Anymore unexplained loss definitely a vet visit. With unexplained weight loss you have to check for EPI..but she looks ok from that one pick. Were it my dog I would mention it to the vet and then keep track using same scale.
thank you! Maybe she’s just super gangly and I’m not used to that. ?
 

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Same scale. ? But maybe mine is broken! I’ll try her on our neighbors. Is it possible that her height has been growing so fast that her weight can’t keep up? She really shot up the last 3 months.

I’ve also been following this food: justfoodfordogs.com. And I feed her a few more ounces than they suggest. But the ideal weight thing is confusing. I feed her about 40 ounces of chicken,veggies, and rice a day. Does that sound like enough?
Feed more and see what happens--I'd go with more protein and fat. If she gains too much and gets pudgy, then feed less. I doubt she'll get pudgy at that age. Her body is soaking up a lot of calories while growing and she may be going through a growth spurt.

A dog at ideal weight shows the back half-to-third of their ribs when moving about. They also have a trim waist when looking at them from above. When you see the entire set of ribs, they're lean which is fine for athletic dogs. I'd go for something in between ideal and lean. If you start seeing the points of the hip joints, you're too thin.
 

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I'm seeing more rib there than I'd like. One of my dogs went through a stage in adolescence when she was a bottomless pit. She was getting 5 cups of food a day, and STILL looked really skinny.

I would increase her food. Her metabolism will eventually slow down (by about a year) and you can cut the food back then.
 

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I'm seeing more rib there than I'd like. One of my dogs went through a stage in adolescence when she was a bottomless pit. She was getting 5 cups of food a day, and STILL looked really skinny.

I would increase her food. Her metabolism will eventually slow down (by about a year) and you can cut the food back then.
She IS a bottomless pit for sure! She’s eating maybe 6 cups of food a day right now! I don’t know where it goes. I will increase her food.
 

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Good pouts by tc68. I'd keep track of her on the same scale. Anymore unexplained loss definitely a vet visit. With unexplained weight loss you have to check for EPI..but she looks ok from that one pick. Were it my dog I would mention it to the vet and then keep track using same scale.
Yeah, I agree, CometDog. I know all about EPI. My previous dog had it. I just didn't want to bring up health concern possibilities yet. A loss of 6lbs is still slightly early, I think. I was thinking that maybe she would cover all her bases before checking serious health issues. I think if she still loses weight, definitely a vet visit should be next.
 

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Same scale. ? But maybe mine is broken! I’ll try her on our neighbors. Is it possible that her height has been growing so fast that her weight can’t keep up? She really shot up the last 3 months.

I’ve also been following this food: justfoodfordogs.com. And I feed her a few more ounces than they suggest. But the ideal weight thing is confusing. I feed her about 40 ounces of chicken,veggies, and rice a day. Does that sound like enough?
I can't tell you if that sounds right or not. I'm not a nutrition expert and I don't know your dog. There are far more people in here who are versed in dog nutrition than I. Mine's on kibble so who am I to say if the food you're feeding her is right or not. But I do agree with others in that maybe you should try doing something by feeding her more.

It is possible that your dog weight needs to catch up to the size. Like I said before, she's in that lanky adolescent stage where many dogs are at full size but skinny. The body hasn't filled out yet. That's a possibility. Mine at 15 months is still a little lanky. From what I understand, they won't be completely at full body weight until they're at least 2 years old.

I think your next step is to monitor her food level and activity level. Is she being exercised a lot? I see it in terms of calorie intake vs activity level. If your dog is taking in more calories than burning calories then she's going to get fat. Vice versa...if she's taking in less calories than burning them, then your dog is going to lose weight. If nothing's changed in her life, but she all of sudden is losing weight then you need to take her to the vet...like someone said above, it could be worms, EPI, or other things. (Btw, how is her poop? Is it normal? Is it soft or diarhea-ish?) And again....this could be from her recent bout with pneumonia. So the conservative approach is to monitor her. The aggressive approach is to take her immediately to the vet to get tests done...meaning blood tests and bringing a poop sample. If your vet is a nice personable person, then maybe you can call her/him up and ask her/him what you should do. Some people have a good relationship with their vet and they can call them up anytime with questions. Good luck and keep us informed.
 

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The scale was broken. We weighed her again on another one. ? I panicked over nothing! Thank you everyone for your comments! Is 25.5 inches and 60 pounds normal though or should I keep giving her more food? She does get a LOT of exercise with me because I work from home. Is she done growing?
 

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25 .5 and 60 for a 8 month old is fine That is a nice size for a female.

When you say 40 oz of chicken veg and rice...from what source? A kibble formula or home prepared? Sorry if I missed it. If it's the latter are you making sure she gets organs, bone (if raw) or bone meal (if cooked) ?
 

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25 .5 and 60 for a 8 month old is fine That is a nice size for a female.

When you say 40 oz of chicken veg and rice...from what source? A kibble formula or home prepared? Sorry if I missed it. If it's the latter are you making sure she gets organs, bone (if raw) or bone meal (if cooked) ?
it’s actually a company I found! JustFoodForDogs.com. But we get other flavors as well so sometimes it’s turkey, chicken, etc. I don’t have the time to do home prepared so they deliver it to us. I’ve noticed a huge difference in her health, coat and stool. Even our vet and trainer noticed. But it’s so expensive. Argh.

And thank you! She just seems SO lanky and thin. I guess I’ll just learn to be happy she’s not too heavy at this age.
 

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The scale was broken. We weighed her again on another one. ? I panicked over nothing! Thank you everyone for your comments! Is 25.5 inches and 60 pounds normal though or should I keep giving her more food? She does get a LOT of exercise with me because I work from home. Is she done growing?
That's good. I thought it had to do with the scale....just a different reason.

I think according to the AKC regulations on GSDs (or whatever they're called), the average weight of females is 60 lbs. How big is your dog's sire and dam? That could help you estimate how big your dog is going to be. My previous GSD's dam was an athletic 95 lbs. A big girl...she was. My dog took after his mother in size and his father in looks. So my point is who knows how big your girl will be. Don't stress too much about her size and weight. Just enjoy who she is.

As far as giving her more food...I don't think you need to anymore since you figured out that the scale was broken. You can... just keep an eye on her so that she doesn't put on too much weight.
 

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The scale was broken. We weighed her again on another one. ? I panicked over nothing! Thank you everyone for your comments! Is 25.5 inches and 60 pounds normal though or should I keep giving her more food? She does get a LOT of exercise with me because I work from home. Is she done growing?
That's good. I thought it had to do with the scale....just a different reason.

I think according to the AKC regulations on GSDs (or whatever they're called), the average weight of females is 60 lbs. How big is your dog's sire and dam? That could help you estimate how big your dog is going to be. My previous GSD's dam was an athletic 95 lbs. A big girl...she was. My dog took after his mother in size and his father in looks. So my point is who knows how big your girl will be. Don't stress too much about her size and weight. Just enjoy who she is.

As far as giving her more food...I don't think you need to anymore since you figured out that the scale was broken. You can... just keep an eye on her so that she doesn't put on too much weight.
Haha yes! I’m glad it was just a dumb scale issue. No clue what happened there. I think she’s grown as well so she just looks like she’s lost weight.

I guess I just worry that she looks too thin! I feel neglectful because she’s so lanky! But she eats like a horse so it’s not as if that’s an issue. Her sire was just a freak honestly. He’s 130 pounds. But very thin, lean and healthy. Not an ounce of fat. Also not a carrier for anything at all which was crazy. And the most gorgeous dog I’ve ever seen in my life. Our pup isn’t a carry for a single thing either. I forgot how much the dam weighed! I would say maybe 80-90? The other pups in the litter look normal! My pup is the tall lanky gangly girl!
 

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Haha yes! I’m glad it was just a dumb scale issue. No clue what happened there. I think she’s grown as well so she just looks like she’s lost weight.

I guess I just worry that she looks too thin! I feel neglectful because she’s so lanky! But she eats like a horse so it’s not as if that’s an issue. Her sire was just a freak honestly. He’s 130 pounds. But very thin, lean and healthy. Not an ounce of fat. Also not a carrier for anything at all which was crazy. And the most gorgeous dog I’ve ever seen in my life. Our pup isn’t a carry for a single thing either. I forgot how much the dam weighed! I would say maybe 80-90? The other pups in the litter look normal! My pup is the tall lanky gangly girl!
Wow, he's a big boy. Mine was 98lbs at his max but he had EPI so he was quite thin. Probably could've been 10-15 lbs heavier. Your girl may be a big one.

One more thing, studies say that you don't want your large breed pup to grow too fast because it could "damage" the joints. That's why they have large breed puppy specific foods. "Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia occur due to growth speed and structure between the bones of the joint." So be careful that you're not trying to get her to grow too fast. Enjoy the puppy stage because before you know it she's no longer one.
 

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Haha yes! I’m glad it was just a dumb scale issue. No clue what happened there. I think she’s grown as well so she just looks like she’s lost weight.

I guess I just worry that she looks too thin! I feel neglectful because she’s so lanky! But she eats like a horse so it’s not as if that’s an issue. Her sire was just a freak honestly. He’s 130 pounds. But very thin, lean and healthy. Not an ounce of fat. Also not a carrier for anything at all which was crazy. And the most gorgeous dog I’ve ever seen in my life. Our pup isn’t a carry for a single thing either. I forgot how much the dam weighed! I would say maybe 80-90? The other pups in the litter look normal! My pup is the tall lanky gangly girl!
Wow, he's a big boy. Mine was 98lbs at his max but he had EPI so he was quite thin. Probably could've been 10-15 lbs heavier. Your girl may be a big one.

One more thing, studies say that you don't want your large breed pup to grow too fast because it could "damage" the joints. That's why they have large breed puppy specific foods. "Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia occur due to growth speed and structure between the bones of the joint." So be careful that you're not trying to get her to grow too fast. Enjoy the puppy stage because before you know it she's no longer one.
Definitely not! We had her on large breed puppy food and then recently switched to just adult food. I guess I just feel bad she’s so thin. But she will actively turn down food so she’s not starving! I guess I’ll just accept her gangly stage. I feel like a mother trying to fatten her up! Haha even though I absolutely don’t want her chubby either for hip issues.

She’s a girl and only 60 pounds so she’ll stay smaller right? The parents were genetically perfect besides the size. Ha.
 

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We just went through a weight loss issue with our 4 year old male. He had dropped 8 lbs in 3 months and was looking very lean IMO. I had just transitioned him to raw last year and he had been running FastCat (FCAT) and burning a lot. Long story short blood work was good. Scale was off (of the person weighing him didn't have him fully on the scale). He had only lost 3 lbs when we did his bloodwork last week. I'm still increasing his food to offset for the activity levels and he looks good.

Glad yours was just a scale issue too!
 
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