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Hey all...I got locked out of my account for awhile there, but wanted to update you guys...
I did re-measure him and he is 30.5" at the hackels...craziness! I have been trying a few different things with him...I have started him on a performance dog food and some raw still plus chicken backs...we'll see how he does. He seems happy and other than the rib-y thing he is healthy so I'm just making sure I do my part to keep him that way!
 

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I understand your concern. Shadow is 18 months and on the lean side as well, gets 4 cups of Fromm Large Breed a day. But we walk 1.5 miles in the morning, and same at night, so I guess she is exercising it off....Her poo is fine unless she gets table scraps, then they get loose. Still, I hate the "starving dog" comments from neighbors with their overweight Labs!
 

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When my Molly turned 2, she lost a lot of weight. You could see her ribcage really well. She was eating like a horse. He poop was real runny and yellowish and she would try to eat it. The vet took lots of tests, tried different diets then sent us to a specialist. They found she had Pancreatic Insufficiency Disorder. Her pancreas wasn't producing enough enzymes to break down her food for digestion. They prescribed medicine called Viokase. We have to feed her 3-4 pills before she eats. After a few months, she ha put a lot of her weight back. She's still a little on the skinny side but is doing well. Blood tests will be able to tell is its something like this.
 

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From what I've read so far, although your dog is eating alot, he's not acting as though he's starving and wants more. He also has firm stool so it doesn't really line up with EPI. Still wouldn't hurt to rule it out if this continues but most EPI dogs cannot get enough food and their stool is far from solid.
 

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Hey all...I got locked out of my account for awhile there, but wanted to update you guys...
I did re-measure him and he is 30.5" at the hackels...craziness! I have been trying a few different things with him...I have started him on a performance dog food and some raw still plus chicken backs...we'll see how he does. He seems happy and other than the rib-y thing he is healthy so I'm just making sure I do my part to keep him that way!
First of all, thank you for making this thread, I'm having the same problem with my GSD mix. The only difference's he's 54 pound, and 24"-25" inches, tall.

Also, your dog's huge. I have a 28" inch tall, GSD and I thought that was big... Btw, your dog's gorgeous, I would love to see more pictures of him! :)

*Edit* It just occurred to me that this thread's four years old, and the OP hasn't been active for at least/ over a year. /:
 

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Hey all, just looking for some advice/info.

I have a 1 1/2 year old GSD. I work at a holistic health food store for pets and have tried close to everything to help my Shepherd gain weight! He is currently 83lbs(and has stayed there for about 3 weeks now). The problem is he was steadily gaining weight til about 6 weeks ago. He was at 90lbs (still underweight for his size) and when I moved him out to my acerage he lost 10lbs in about a week! I was not surprised as his exercise was up-ed about 10 fold!
Anways, I increased his kibble consumption 1 cup a day, then 2 and he was still losing weight! I added a protein/fat booster and he still lost weight! I switched him to raw, and finally he is maintaning his weight at 83lbs. He is not under fed, trust me! haha
My question is, has anyone come across this and is it normal? I know that the GSD can grow up to 3 years of age, but it seems odd to me that he has lost so much so fast and won't put it back on now. I have dewormed him and that didnt work either. I am sick of the sneers and comments of "wow, dont you feed your dog?!" Of course I do, and as I said, have tried everything!! Any suggestions on what else to try?
He seems to be healthy(as the vet says...), and is definately happy! He isn't hungry and seems very content. Just skinny! He should weigh about 100-110lbs.
I am open for any thoughts, opinions, and advice!
Thanks for your time all!
I wonder if he may have giardia or campylobacter - in case you don't know these are parasites not killed by normal worming tablets. The dogs stools are usually runny and yellow. Your vet will need to test his faeces to check this as they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
 
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