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Arrow Update on skinny Louie.

Here are some updates from https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman...-skinny-5.html . He still is rather skinny for my liking, he does seem a little heavier, but the scale isn't saying so (still 63 lbs). He is getting 2.5 pounds of meat + 2 cups a rice a day. When he was heavier over the summer he didn't have his bone stick out where his butt is, does anyone else's dog do this?

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And one fun picture, I got Daisies last Saturday and Louie was smelling them.


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He looks fine to me?
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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This was taken mid Jan.


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He looks fine to me in the recent pics. I do have a friend who's dobe Drake has the same issue with his bottom bone sticking out like that but Drake is 12 so I always thought that had something to do with it.

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I think he looks wonderful now ! Glad he takes time to stop and smell "the Daisies" !

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Wow its snowing here- right now!

He looks much better to me too - hard to understand why the scales don't show a change. The SI bone showing happens a lot in dogs not built quite 100% per a standard or who are lacking muscle. My Enid needs to have those bones showing or she is fat.


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first, LOVE the daisies picture!!!

Elsa's bum bone sticks out too.. and she is a little below 60lbs. Even though they look good in pictures, I do know what you mean by having him gain a little more. Elsa is still super leggy and although she looks great, she still has more to pack on. Keep doing what you're doing! he looks great!

look how similar her and louie's weight was:

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I'd keep up with the increased calories for a while longer. With the good weather around the corner, you'll probably increase exercise, and his weight will drop again!

Have you had to eliminate chicken after his bad episodes following the chicken meals? Has he been fine since you took him off that protein? (Just remembering that other thread about him.)
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He looks good to me.
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Louie is looking a lot better, I remember following this post for awhile, also one thing to remember frequent meals boost the dog's metabolism making it work faster. So you might want to eventually get him to one meal a day. It worked for my dog when I was having similar problems, here's a pic of him now:
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I'd keep up with the increased calories for a while longer. With the good weather around the corner, you'll probably increase exercise, and his weight will drop again!

Have you had to eliminate chicken after his bad episodes following the chicken meals? Has he been fine since you took him off that protein? (Just remembering that other thread about him.)
He hasn't eaten chicken (except chicken egg :p) since that last incident, and he hasn't had any issues, he has really been only ground beef with tripe, rice, & egg mixed in.

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Louie is looking a lot better, I remember following this post for awhile, also one thing to remember frequent meals boost the dog's metabolism making it work faster. So you might want to eventually get him to one meal a day. It worked for my dog when I was having similar problems, here's a pic of him now:
I would never feed him once a day. He is a dog that has stomach problems already, eating once a day increases the chance of bloat, and since he already has bloating problems, that's just screaming out to me as a no-no bad idea.

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He's looking much better. Very handsome.

Are you still looking into the gastropexy for him?
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He's looking much better. Very handsome.

Are you still looking into the gastropexy for him?
Yeah, we were hoping on doing it last month but money got really tight. :/ It's 1,000, if their aren't any complications.

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Has he had any bloodwork? Specifically for kidney function? A dog with kidneys that aren't working properly may lose a lot of protein through the urine and will have a hard time gaining weight.

I find it very hard to compare the January pic to the new ones. The January one is very clear - in the sunshine, you can see the ribs and see the issue. The new ones are in the dark and you just can't see the overall condition in terms of the ribs.

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Has he had any bloodwork? Specifically for kidney function? A dog with kidneys that aren't working properly may lose a lot of protein through the urine and will have a hard time gaining weight.

I find it very hard to compare the January pic to the new ones. The January one is very clear - in the sunshine, you can see the ribs and see the issue. The new ones are in the dark and you just can't see the overall condition in terms of the ribs.
He had a full bloodwork done in November and everything came back normal. I agree with you, it is a bit hard to compare. I will try to take some pictures today in the daylight & repost - it was rainy and dreary yesterday which made the house dark.

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I would never feed him once a day. He is a dog that has stomach problems already, eating once a day increases the chance of bloat, and since he already has bloating problems, that's just screaming out to me as a no-no bad idea.
I didn't realize he has stomach problems. You might want to follow the advice of your vet on his case. It seems to work better for my boy eating a higher protein/fat diet only once a day in a smaller meal.
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Don't worry and don't be too anxious about his "pins" showing. Sometimes it is a youth trait and often found until the dog matures. It can sometimes be caused by stress however. Is he left alone for periods of time ?
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He is only left by himself 6 hours a day - he isn't too stressy he just sleeps in his xpen all day.

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My dobe is a little under 60 lbs. and could put on a few. Her bones stick out and I have realized it's because her back legs are too tall, or her front legs are too short - however you want to look at it. So, I think that makes her leg bones stick out.

Louie doesn't appear to have that, it seems.

I wanted to add if Louie's thyroid is low normal - I'd put him on thyroid meds just to see what happens. We did that with one of our dobes and he improved tremendously in weight and coat. He wasn't too thin, just looked a little soft. Do you feel Louie is like that? It's hard to tell from pics.

He looks much improved though!
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