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First thing: Bella is going to be 7 months old next week. She has been fed 2 cups of food twice a day (for a total of 4 cups a day). Does she need to be fed more? I just feel like she looks skinny. She is still going #2 two - three times a day. Should we keep her at 4? Or move her up?

Second thing: she has started licking herself on a regular consistent basis & has either given herself a rash from licking or she has an infection or maybe allergies or hot spots? Not quite sure... Do I take her to the vet or give it a few days & just monitor it? She doesn't seem to lick herself very much when we are home during the evening with her... I just assume she is during the day while in her crate.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.


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1) At seven months, I feed my puppies only twice a day. Four cups of food sounds like WAY too much! What are you feeding her? Shepherds tend to be fairly slim anyways and I like to keep pups on the slim side because you don't want pressure on those joints. They'll always act hungry, so I judge the correct amount of food based on my dog's body condition.

2) If she has given herself a rash/red bumps/a sore or bloody spot, I would take her to the vet to get it checked out. It's safer all around, and an experienced vet will probably have a good idea of what it is so you know how to treat it. Where does she lic and what does it look like? Pictures?
 

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What are you feeding? Four cups sounds like a lot. Maybe try a higher quality food. Less fillers, you feed less, pup receives more nutrients, poops less.

Liking herself raw is not good. Could be food or environmental allergies, skin infection or yeast infection. I'd have it checked out by the vet, but if food related, a change in food could solve both issues of her eating a lot and still being too skinny, and licking herself raw.
 

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Rebell is 5.5 months old and thin as a rail, he's very active I feed him 3 cups twice a day with a half a can of wet puppy food in his 2nd feeding total of 6 cups.
 

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Rebell is 5.5 months old and thin as a rail, he's very active I feed him 3 cups twice a day with a half a can of wet puppy food in his 2nd feeding total of 6 cups.
that's why rebell is already chunky. that's too much unless he's getting 12 hours straight hard exercise a day. IMHO

i'm no dog nutritionist but i feed accordingly. sometimes a 1.5 cups 3 times daily and sometimes 1.5 cups 2 times daily + always a few spoonfulls of wet or half a hotdog, or some cheese or some ham, whatever. we always throw something ontop the dry and never the same thing. like humans i think dogs need a variety.

they go to camp 4 days a week and spend 8 solid hours on those days running around playing and those days they get fed 3 times, on off days twice.
 

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We feed her blue buffalo wilderness chicken recipe and have been for a few months now. (Prior to that she was on bb puppy formula & had no issues) she has never had any issues before with the food giving her bumps/rashes. Our vet told us to feed her 2cups twice a day 2 or 3 months ago. I obviously don't want a fat or chunky dog. I want a healthy dog. I was concerned she was too skinny. She doesn't act like she is starving. So maybe 4 cups a day is good.


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If you are worried about her being too skinny, you can post pictures for unbiased opinions.

Pups go through growth spurts though, where they shoot up in size, and seem skinny during that time, but usually they fill out okay shortly after.
 

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We feed her blue buffalo wilderness chicken recipe and have been for a few months now. (Prior to that she was on bb puppy formula & had no issues) she has never had any issues before with the food giving her bumps/rashes. Our vet told us to feed her 2cups twice a day 2 or 3 months ago. I obviously don't want a fat or chunky dog. I want a healthy dog. I was concerned she was too skinny. She doesn't act like she is starving. So maybe 4 cups a day is good.


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Use the label as a guide and go by the weight of your pup, adjust up or down as necessary. As for the licking/rashes, could be a few different things, allergies, hot spots or psychological. We have one that'll create lick granulomas, its in her head to do this, possibly for self soothing reasons as it releases endorphins as she licks, constant battle despite keeping her busy.
 

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I recently checked where she was licking again and it definitely seems to be getting better. And I have noticed her not licking like she was.
I will have to use my iPad to post pictures. The app on my phone won't.


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If you are worried about her being too skinny, you can post pictures for unbiased opinions.

Pups go through growth spurts though, where they shoot up in size, and seem skinny during that time, but usually they fill out okay shortly after.

I'm sure I'm just worrying too much. Too me she just looks so lengthy & skinny.


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She looks just fine! I certainly wouldn't want to see any additional weight on her. Much better for them to be lean.

She is in an awkward adolescent stage right now where her body may be out of proportion, thus leading you to feel that she may be too skinny - she is completely normal and will fill out and balance out as she gets older.
 
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