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Trouble gaining weight #342783
12/21/16 06:40 AM
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This is Nanook, she's a bit thin. Always has been, she's raw fed and eats a very balanced diet, but has trouble gaining weight (I wish I had that problem). We also exercise quite regularly, walks at least twice a day (hesitant about jogs while she's still growing, she's 8 months), tug of war, and she's starting in agility. I was looking into canine weight gaining and muscle building supplements, any advice/ warnings about using those type of products?

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Also, is supplementing glucosamine type hip and joint vitamins good for decreasing the chances of hip/elbow displaysia?

Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: Alexis] #342786
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60 lbs at 8 months to me is a good weight. Lean for GSD is good. With coaties it is always a little difficult to see what we need to see so we have to use our hands. You want to be able to easily feel the last one or two ribs and have a nice tuck after the rib cage before the hips.

I will repeat Lean is good for GSD's especially if you are going to do agility.

Female GSD's for the most part aren't as large as the males. One of my females was a BIG girl and more times than not mistaken for a male and she weighed in at 80 lbs as an adult. More other two females were at adult age 65 and 70 lbs.

So it doesn't sound like your gal is under weight and remember she is still growing and maturing.

Some of the hip and elbow problems are genetic, no getting around that. Supplements can help, but the correct calcium to phosphorus ratio is important.


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Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #342788
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She doesn't look too thin at all in your photos. My female was 48 lbs at 9 months and she is now 54 lbs at 6 years, which is an absolutely correct weight per the German standard. The weight range for females is 45 to 70 lbs.


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Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: AgilePaws] #342800
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Thank you for your advice, when I got her, she was veryyyyy skinny so ever since then, I guess I just wanna she her fat! I'm glad her weight isn't abnormal, now I guess I have to just keep an eye on her weight to make sure she doesn't gain TOO much. She is lean and healthy and that's all that matters now.

Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: Alexis] #342854
12/25/16 06:19 PM
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You might add a couple of globs of 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 2x a day. We use it to give ours their pills after meals so we don't have to "shove them down their throat." It's good fiber with a few added "good for you" calories and easy enough to regulate how much/as needed. Nissa gains about 4lbs every winter then it comes off in spring/summer.

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Just thought of something else that may help, we give our dogs Fido-Vite 2x a day. It's not really meant for weight gain that I know of, but may help. It's been great for our dogs and if your dog may be having (known or unknown) tummy issues (Riley did when we first got him but that was on dry food) it might be worth a try.

Here's a link to a sample package if you wanted to try it without buying a full size bag:

https://www.drschoicesupplements.com/product/fido-vite-sample/

I found the full size bags are actually cheaper at our local pet store - go figure!

We use it because of it's probiotics, we were having trouble with diarrhea and tummy issues in Gracie & Riley is how we got started on it. You'd have to play with the "dosage" we found that Gracie tolerates only about a 1/8 of a scoop where Riley had to have about 3/4 of a scoop. It really helped to keep his IBD in check and Gracie's issues also disappeared after being on it. It also does a nice number on their coats smile


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Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: FurKids] #342900
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Young GSDs often are lean, and will look more lean right after a growth spurt. More important is that she is eating and digesting her food well. As was mentioned, lean is MUCH better for the joints and reducing joint problems.

I start my dogs on joints supps young. Feeding a raw diet maybe not as important. Also on a homeprepared diet, my experience is that dogs have a leaner look than when given processed food. Even when my dog eats processed dehydrated raw as opposed to homecooked I can tell the difference.


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Hi I wanted to jump in here because I am feeding my dog a bland homemade diet b/c of issues I would like to just feed home cooked but how do you get the correct balanced diet? He lost weight to with homemade food, but not a bad thing. I was thinking if I add organ meat to his diet is that all he needs? how about calcium and vitamin D? any advice would be appreciated.

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Yes, they will look different on homeprepared food. To get the right mix, you should have support from people that know how to balance diets, so the yahoo/facebook group K9Kitchen is full of good information, and so is working with a nutritionist. I have worked with Sabine Contreras before and that helped me balance my girl's diet.


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Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: MaxaLisa] #345327
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Jlstudent, you might want to create a thread just for your dog so people answering can also see the history. You've spread posts in different areas of the board, and sometimes in multiple areas, and it can be hard to keep track. If it's in one post, one can see the history, which is more helpful.


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Re: Trouble gaining weight [Re: MaxaLisa] #345351
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thank you for letting me know. How do I do it?


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