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Mayhem came from a BYB (first pup and prior to finding this site). He was supposedly 8 weeks and weighed 8 lbs. He was also the largest pup. After reading on here, I think he may have been more like 6 weeks. He was also FULL of worms. According to what she told us he will be 6 months tomorrow and weighed 48.1 lbs this past Sat at the vet.
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I think that the food I am feeding is a high quality food. I am feeding her what the bag recommends for her weight and age plus a little extra.
I made an appointment for her to see the vet tomorrow morning.
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the amounts recommended on dog food bags are just a guideline.....

awesome that you are bringing her into the Vets tomorrow, I am sure they can let you know if she needs her daily amount of food upped and discuss the brand of dog food you are using.

Hope the Vet visit goes well.

please update us when you can.

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Diamond isn't terrible but there are much better foods. Check out this site - Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble - it's great for comparing foods. I also would recommend offering her a little more food. I don't remember exactly how much my boy was eating when I brought him home but a little more couldn't hurt. Don't do it all at once though as that may upset her stomach but increase the amount slowly.

Good on you for moving up your vet appointment and for finding a forum in the first place. Your girl is a cutie :]



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I think it is great you are going to the vet tomorrow to get her checked out. She's a little doll! When we got Coco she was 8 weeks old and weighed 12 pounds. She went to the vet the day after she came home for her check up and second set of shots. She had already been wormed. She grew fast once she was home but she was always so skinny. We tried lots of different kibble that did not seem to agree with her. It sometimes takes awhile to find the right food for them. Good luck!

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Vader was 23lbs when he came home at 10.5 weeks.
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Just for comparison, my girl came home at 8 weeks old and was 13.5 lbs. She was the smallest of her littermates, dam weighs 65lbs, sire about 80-85lbs.

Very few picks of her being still that first week she came home, but here she is asleep.



Breeder actually told you she was wormy??? Did you know this before you purchased her?
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Whiskey was 11lbs at 7 weeks so that seems really small. I think that pup is more likely <6 weeks. She needs to see a vet Super cute though.
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Breeder actually told you she was wormy??? Did you know this before you purchased her?
I found this out as I was picking her up (2.5 hour drive from my home). I know that it is normal for not all parasites to be removed with just one deworming, but I think you are supposed to start deworming them at an earlier age. I will be bringing in a fecal sample to the vet tomorrow.

It is so hard to find a good food. Every food I buy, someone has something bad to say about it, even if its a 4 star food. I feed my other dogs Taste of the Wild with awesome results. My new puppy, her name is Lacy btw , was being fed the Diamond puppy food so that's why she is still on it now. Eventually I would like to gradually switch her to the Taste of the Wild.
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My 8week old male is was 11Ibs @ 6 weeks


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The vet said that was normal


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I weighed her again today and she came in at 7.1 lbs.
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Should have also mentioned I fed 3 cups daily. 1 cup in morning, at noon and in evening.

7lbs seems awfully small to me for 8 weeks....
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That is pretty small for an 8 week old puppy - especially if there are others even smaller than her! Most of my 8 week old puppies will weigh a minimum of 13 pounds at 8 weeks - with boys being a bit more.

the smallest girl in my last litter - at 7 weeks she was 10:14lbs (my 8 week weights were at the vets and I don't have the numbers) - this was a litter of 8 and the largest girl at 7 weeks was 12:14 lbs.

Make sure you are soaking her kibble so that she can easily eat it and try feeding her 4 times a day right now if you can - see if you can get closer to 3 cups into her. Diamond is ok kibble - but not great.

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She is too skinny - you need to get some weight on her pronto.

She needs to see your vet with a stool sample pronto.

She should have a soft thick (with fat) coat and no bones showing at that age. She needs to have some extra weight (not a lot) to account for the ups and downs of puppyhood and her expected growth spurts - puppies need reserves.

If you feed her too much, she will get diarrhea - so don't over do it all at once - you have to add in 1/2 cup one day, then an extra 1/2 cup the next day until she is getting enough food and is not having loose stools.

My puppy Lana at weeks with her sister Dash - Lana could have used a bit more weight at that stage:



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Really glad you are getting her into the vet. I would up her food a little bit, too, as vivienne mentioned, being careful not to feed so much she gets loose stools. I would probably offer four meals a day right now. Please let us know what your vet says.


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She is very small for her age if she's really that age and very thin. Even my Vizsla puppy who was very lean at breeder's recommendation was 11 lbs at 8 weeks.

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My puppy Lana at 8 weeks with her sister Dash - Lana could have used a bit more weight at that stage:
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Well the vet check went well today. Had X-rays done and everything looks good, apparently she is just small for her age. She weighed 7 lbs 12 oz today so that means she is gaining weight fast. Fecal test results will be in tomorrow morning.
I feel less worried about her now, her paws are pretty big so I suspect that she will catch up eventually.
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Hi,

Your puppy is adorable. Congratulations!

I would put my puppy on the best food I could find. I'd recommend checking out Orijen or Innova large breed puppy.

Is she cleaning up her food? If so, I'd add at least 1/2 cup per day and feed her three to four times per day. Two cups does not seem like a lot for a growing puppy.

Mayhem--what a cute name. Is she full of it or how did you come up with her name? What do you call her?

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Your puppy is adorable. Congratulations!

I would put my puppy on the best food I could find. I'd recommend checking out Orijen or Innova large breed puppy.

Is she cleaning up her food? If so, I'd add at least 1/2 cup per day and feed her three to four times per day. Two cups does not seem like a lot for a growing puppy.

Mayhem--what a cute name. Is she full of it or how did you come up with her name? What do you call her?
Thank you, I plan to switch her food soon and I have heard great things about Innova.
I have increased her food amount to 3 cups a day. She was really skinny when I first got her but I honestly am starting to believe that it was a lack of food when she was at the breeders because she is now putting on weight very fast.

I think you are getting my posts confused with someone elses because my puppy's name is Lacy, but yes she is a little handfull.

Thanks for your input.
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Thank you, I plan to switch her food soon and I have heard great things about Innova.
I have increased her food amount to 3 cups a day. She was really skinny when I first got her but I honestly am starting to believe that it was a lack of food when she was at the breeders because she is now putting on weight very fast.

I think you are getting my posts confused with someone elses because my puppy's name is Lacy, but yes she is a little handfull.

Thanks for your input.
That's great to hear. But don't overfeed - don't make her grow TOO fast - that can have quite negative results. Just get her to carry a nice glossy coat, no rolls of fat - you have to aim for "average". If they grow too fast, you can get issues like panosteitis that can be very painful for the puppy so it is better to grow slowly enough to avoid that but get enough nourishment to grow strong bones and teeth and develop good muscles etc.

It is a balancing act and you need to watch and feel all the time. These puppies are not labs, but they aren't whippets either. I am not trying to confuse you, just trying to have you find the middle ground.

Congratulations on your little girl and for wanting to look after her as best you can. I am pretty sure the breeder may have had her on too little food. I feed raw and we feed 10% of the pup's weight each day up to a maximum of 2-3% of the expected adult bodyweight (50-60lbs for an average bitch).


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We were told Apollo was 8 weeks when we picked him up and he was infact 5.5 and weight 4.3 pounds. We were also told he was fully wormed and he was so full of worms he wasnt expected to live through the night. Have the vet do a full worm and exam on her and get some good high quality food into her, lots of love and she will fill out.
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