I think this is the correct question I should have been asking: is this normal and will she fill out?! I think she's just the slowest maturing dog I've had, though she's also my first dobie so sometimes I'm just not sure. Our pointers all pretty much finished growing and filling out by her age. As far as her stools go, surprisingly she's A-ok. Even the vet's eyes widened when I told him how much I feed her but when I assured him she's got good, firm, non stinky stools he just shrugged and said that some just need to eat more. Thanks all for the reassurances!
And for anyone reading this thread in a similar situation, zignature is a great choice of food for dogs that have food allergies/sensitivities. Our girl had diarrhea and soft stools on Orijen, Acana, Solid Gold, and just about everything else I tried on her until we found zignature because it's a limited ingredient diet. Good quality stuff and honestly not a bad price to boot!
Kelly was on Acana for early 2 years (couldn't gain weight) and Orijen for the next 2 years.
- she frequently had soft stools, off & on
She has been on her 3rd large bag of Nulo Lamb & Lentils
with good stools & the thinning of neck hair plus crusty skin there, has all cleared up.
- we got similar results from Orijen, Acana, with some dandruff / something agreeably in their brands or something missing, it seams...good to know
- the Zignature Zssential
brand sounds great, for Lambchop...
Kelly was slow to mature and had a puppy brain, much longer / our first 2 girls, matured quickly, and low weight was never a concern...their all different - in the end, all 3 girls, ended up of similar weight.
Kelly is on the heavier side now (@ 5.5 y/o), and only gets 0.67 lb of homemade cooked meat/veggy stew in the morning with 1.0 cups of separate kibble / plus 1.0 cup of kibble at 5:00 pm.
- so over time, 4-5 cups/day, might be excessive / considering the kibble is free of fillers, with quality meat protein