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Karmagirl 01-01-2013 10:06 PM

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My girl is turning 6 months this January and I can't seem to put any weight on her. She's on a multivitamin and really good dog food. It's the natural balance potato and duck formula.

How many cups of food did u guys feed ur pup at this age? She's eating 4 cups of food a day two in the morning and two at night.


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nthn79 01-01-2013 10:25 PM

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My pup is about 7 and he is eating high quality, Acana wild prairie. He eats 3 cups a day, half in am and half in pm. He weighs about 40 pounds but isn't really gaining weight so much as width and muscle. But he is a mix. The vet says he is healthy so we aren't worried.

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Karmagirl 01-01-2013 10:37 PM

You're pup is super cute & thank you. That makes me feel a bit better, my vet said she was healthy and worm free too but shes only 22 pounds.Im probably just being a worry wort haha She's also a mix too. Her mum was an old fashioned looking pit and her bad was a pitbull Rottweiler.


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ames 01-01-2013 10:38 PM

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As long as you know there is nothing wrong health wise, your pup plays and goes the bathroom regularly, you could try a better quality kibble. Not that the one you are on is BAD just mean Acana has more protein, which will help with the weight and Orijen has more protein that Acana. You can try to adjust the KIND of food more than the amount. Typically you feed less with one of the 2 brands I mentioned so its overall cheaper or the same. Some people would recommend you start reading about a raw diet, some pups who have issues with Kibbles seem to be OK on RAW.

I think your girl looks OK, why are you trying to add weight on her? I don't see ribs really sticking out, and her shoulders are like that cause she is hunched over. Looks like she has a tuck. Seems like she is healthy. Why do you think she needs weight?

Karmagirl 01-01-2013 10:44 PM

Ill defiantly check some more good dog food out thank you, I have been considering a higher calorie food.

You can't really see it in the picture but she's pretty boney, the ribs are normally visible and so are her hip bones. I Just want her to be the healthiest she can be :)



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Karmagirl 01-01-2013 10:48 PM

She is also very active and I wanna make sure she's getting enough calories for her growing body.


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ames 01-01-2013 10:53 PM

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Ill defiantly check some more good dog food out thank you, I have been considering a higher calorie food.

You can't really see it in the picture but she's pretty boney, the ribs are normally visible and so are her hip bones. I Just want her to be the healthiest she can be :)



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cool! Yeah most dogs are overweight so that's usually why a "healthy" dog looks too skinny.. nothing wrong with a little ribs or hips, ts when you can see the TOP most ribs or the spine that should be cause for concern, good for you for looking into though! Just didn't want you to worry if she looks good :)

MSK 01-01-2013 11:00 PM

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She doesn't appear to be a bad weight at all she is at a stage that I have noticed happens in most dogs between 5 to 9 months old they go through what I call the"Labrador Stage" they are typically growing in height more then width and can look gangling. This is perfectly normal as long as her back bone and hip bones are not showing she is fine. I don't normally take pictures during awkward stages but I have one example of one of my deceased.

9 weeks
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...8-05-183-1.jpg

6 months

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...09-24010-1.jpg

1 year
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...9-01-23008.jpg


Not all dogs grow in the same way but, here is one example.

Karmagirl 01-01-2013 11:03 PM

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Okay. That totally makes since, cause her spine and the top of her ribs are okay :) yeah I'm not worried about that. i think she's one of the prettiest dogs I ever had.
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Thank you for all ur help :)






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Karmagirl 01-01-2013 11:05 PM

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That's a fantastic name for that stage! I forgot that could go into the 6month range. That's a beautiful blue nose pup u have there! I use to have a blue nose back in the day!!
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Also that was a great example because she looks pretty similar when she was9 weeks.

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Karmagirl 01-01-2013 11:07 PM

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That's a fantastic name for that stage! I forgot that could go into the 6month range. That's a beautiful blue nose pup u have there! I use to have a blue nose back in the day!!
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Also that was a great example because she looks pretty similar when she was 9 week :)
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MSK 01-01-2013 11:10 PM

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She was a good dog but, she had to be put down a while back. I still have her sister though.

ames 01-01-2013 11:51 PM

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haha Labrador stage, that's totally what it is lol.

performanceknls 01-02-2013 12:22 AM

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My girl is turning 6 months this January and I can't seem to put any weight on her. She's on a multivitamin and really good dog food. It's the natural balance potato and duck formula.

How many cups of food did u guys feed ur pup at this age? She's eating 4 cups of food a day two in the morning and two at night.


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She looks fine! Puppies go through stages were they are skinny then they even out. I have a pup who is the same age eating 4 cups of high protein high fat food and his sister eats 2 cups of the regular food I feed everyone else. Each dog is different you just have to go by how they look and adjust from there. I bet in a few weeks or a month you will have to cut back as her growth slows.

rhyno911 01-02-2013 04:43 PM

if u wanna put weight on ur pup raw is definitely way to do it I been feeding my dog raw and kibble mixed together since he was 4 months old , he is 15 months now Nd 75 lbs and already bigger than his father I give him merrick kibble with abbady raw his coat is very shiny has no health issues. Always go organic


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