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Unhappy Doberman puppy not putting on weight!

Hi, I am a new member and I created my account in the hope that one of yall can help me. I have a 8 month old female doberman that I have had for about 4 months and she currently weighs 50 lbs. When my family first got her my parents took her to the vet and she had a puppy checkup and said she was fine. At first I feed her blue buffalo but she didn't seem to interested in it so I switched her over to Taste of the Wild and she still isn't eating as much as she should. She is a active dog, she has no problems running around for a our and a half with the other dogs at the dog park. Usually she eats between 4-5 cups a day depending on how much exercise she had, I give her as much food as she wants but she never wants to eat more than 5 cups. I give her food twice a day and I took her to the vet again one month ago and found out she had round worms and I gave her medication for it. Since the last visit to the vet she has only gained ~3 lbs. Any ideas on why she isn't putting on weight?
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Do you have a picture that you can post? 5 cups of food is A LOT!!! It could be that she's just a smaller dog.
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For a puppy bitch that really is a lot of food--the 10 month old puppy dog I'm raising is eating about 2-1/4 cups per meal/2 meals a day and his weight is great. I feed Purina ProPlan Focus (usually the Salmon and Rice--they call it Sensitive Skin and Stomach) or the Chicken and Rice--for older dogs I sometimes feed the Sport)

I'm not crazy about the foods you've had her on but every dog is different it just that the ProPlan focus has been my choice of food for years now.

Are you using a standard measuring cup to measure the food? And is she on two meals a day at this point? The male I have is at 75 pounds. 50 pounds isn't an unusual weight for a young bitch though. And does she look thin? Do all her ribs and backbone show--she may not be underweight--it also depends on her size how much she should weigh. And did they check her (at the vets) for other parasites? Roundworms are common but they aren't the only thing that might account for her being underweight--if she actually is underweight.

Some good pictures of her would help--from the side with her standing and over the top of her with her standing.

Give us a little more information and maybe we can give you more suggestions.

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I am using a standard measuring cup, earlier I meant to say she eats twice a day and 2 - 2 1/2 cups per meal. The vet checked her for other types of worms and she only came back positive for round worms.
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She's got a slender build, but she's not painfully thin or anything. It looks like she still needs to develop some muscle--she's likely to add more bulk as she gets older. She may just be in a bit of a lean teenage phase now.

I'm thinking that with the roundworms taken care of, she should go ahead and gain 5, maybe 10 pounds by the time she hits 2--but she may be almost at her adult height. 60 pounds would not be terribly out of line for an adult female dobe.

Do feed her twice a day, and don't leave her food down for more than about 20 minutes. When food is available to a dog all of the time, she'll tend to become a picky eater.
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I think she looks okay maybe just a touch lean. Don't worry about the weight (#) so much as her conditioning. Gaining 3 pounds in a month is actually a lot. My advice to you is just give it time for her to mature and don't let her get overweight by overfeeding.
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Like Greenie said - The side view to me she looks good , I did look up a bag of call of the wild For a 40 pound dog it said 3 cups and for a 60 pounder 3 3/4 cup this was for a 8 to 12 month dog .

Ali's weight ran in the low 70's and Kasia never hit 70 , she ran , most times around 66 to 68 pounds -

I think she looks pretty good over

Oh forgot , the feeding guild lines on the food bag is just a starting point , then you adjust from that - up or down
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What dog food do yall recommend?
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I think she looks a little light but, if they're going to deviate from just right, I personally prefer my dogs lighter than heavier.

I'll add that my first Dobe as a pup and youngster had a hard time keeping weight on. She was very active and seemed to burn through calories quickly in addition to having a sensitive stomach. I tried multiple foods in search of one that would suit her and she never did well on any of the TOTW formulas. I couldn't keep weight on her with TOTW. I switched her slowly, I gave her plenty of time to adjust (I tried feeding it for 2-3 months). But she had near constant diarrhea while eating it. So, I don't think she was getting the nutrition out of it that she should have been and I'm sure that contributed to her being underweight on it, too.

That was just my experience with it though. Others might feed it and their dogs could have zero problems with it.

Anyway, I've had the best luck with dogs being able to digest, keep weight on, and having a good appetite on Purina Pro Plan formulas. And I know a ton of Dobe owners who also have really good results with foods from the Purina Pro Plan line.

Since she's recently getting over round worm and she's had a food change already, I don't know that I'd try changing her food again soon. But if you do decide you want to try a different food and see how she does, one of the Purina Pro Plan foods might be worth considering.
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Agreed with what others said, she's fit maybe a tad on the light side. She'll gain weight and broaden out some after her first and especially after the 2nd heat.

I'd also agree to not leave food out. Give her 10min. to eat and then pick it up. Feed her twice a day.
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I'm not sure what formula of TOTW you are feeding...some of them are not all life stages, some are, and I think they only have one puppy formula? The calorie contents vary pretty widely. The puppy formula is actually somewhat low in calories compared to some other brands. It's 364 calories a cup, compared to, for example, the Proplan large breed puppy formula, which is 417/cup. That affects how much a puppy needs to eat to maintain their weight/grow.

I'm not a huge fan of TOTW myself - I've known a lot of dogs that simply never did well on it (like brw mentioned), plus, I don't recommend feeding grain free, but that's up to you.

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she looks a little thin to me, but at her age and activity level, it can be a challenge to keep them in good weight. I'd think about a different food as well, and maybe consider doing some add ins. I'd add an egg a day (hard boiled or soft fried is fine.... the whites should be cooked), a spoonful of full fat (4 or 5% fat) plain greek yogurt. Eggs are an easy way to add almost 100 calories to her diet and most dogs love them!

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