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He seems to be started to look a little slim to me. We feed FROMM gold large breed puppy 1.5 cups three times a day. Opinions?


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How old is your little guy?

Yes to me, he seems a bit under weight.

But then, McCoy's breeder liked "chubby' puppies!

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16 weeks 35 lb. no idea on his height.


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Hi Kddav...

Why are you worried. is he having health issues?

He looks good . Maybe a bit more ribs showing than I would want. But heck... Pups go up and down and in and out,

If he is healthy and happy, yet you feel he is too thin, toss him a bit more kibble at each feeding. It's pretty much a no brainer.

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It's so hard with puppies, because they go through growth spurts where they shoot up and then get a bit skinny. He's certainly not so thin I'd worry. You might up his food just a little, and as long as he doesn't get loose stool, or start looking too pudgy, it would be fine.


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In an adult dog, I'd call that weight about right. For a puppy, yeah, he could have a bit more weight. But he's certainly not horribly thin; he may be going through a growth spurt. They'll get chubby looking and then lanky all of a sudden as they grow, and then back to chunky looking.
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It's so hard with puppies, because they go through growth spurts where they shoot up and then get a bit skinny. He's certainly not so thin I'd worry. You might up his food just a little, and as long as he doesn't get loose stool, or start looking too pudgy, it would be fine.


See we were doing 2 cups three times a day and he was having frequent loose stools and I read here that could be from over feeding, so we cut back. But now I think he looks too thin. Stool is now solid and 3-4 times a day.


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Was he on Fromm's when you got him from the breeder? Or did you switch at some point?

Because I'm looking at his age and wondering if his diarrhea could have just been from a switch in food and/or a new home rather than overfeeding.

Anyway, I'd add a little food, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 cups extra per DAY ( ~1/4 cup or a little less per feeding), like folks have said, and see how he does.
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Was he on Fromm's when you got him from the breeder? Or did you switch at some point?

Because I'm looking at his age and wondering if his diarrhea could have just been from a switch in food and/or a new home rather than overfeeding.

Anyway, I'd add a little food, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 cups extra per DAY ( ~1/4 cup or a little less per feeding), like folks have said, and see how he does.


He was on Fromm but I think it was the economy line. I bought a bag before he came home, as no where around us sells Fromm in store. I did casually mix in the new food with the bag she sent us, but it didn’t last a month as recommended. Could have been the switch!


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He looks a little thin to me and the weight is a little less than I'd expect from a 16 week old puppy. I'd like to see him closer to 40 pounds at this point.

I don't blindly follow amount directions on food bags--every puppy is different and I really just look at my puppies on a daily basis and as Melbrod says if they look a little thin I add more food and if they seem to be getting chubby I feed a little less.

And you do have to take in account that puppies typically when growing go through round fat stages and then suddenly grow a mile of leg and look like they are about to starve.

Good luck--just keep an eye on him and add more kibble if he looks thinnish or les kibble if he seems to be turning into the Pillsbury dough boy

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He looks a little thin to me and the weight is a little less than I'd expect from a 16 week old puppy. I'd like to see him closer to 40 pounds at this point.

I don't blindly follow amount directions on food bags--every puppy is different and I really just look at my puppies on a daily basis and as Melbrod says if they look a little thin I add more food and if they seem to be getting chubby I feed a little less.

And you do have to take in account that puppies typically when growing go through round fat stages and then suddenly grow a mile of leg and look like they are about to starve.

Good luck--just keep an eye on him and add more kibble if he looks thinnish or les kibble if he seems to be turning into the Pillsbury dough boy

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Hi Kddav...

Keep updating.

Oh.. BTW, Did we scare you off the "Chicken Tread"? Or did you just get bored? LOL

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Just read backwards when ever you're on, and don't worry if you miss something. We'll be back to it soon enough; we tend to circle around a little.

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Man, puppies can lose and gain weight really fast as they are growing so fast, and often in spurts. Sometimes it seems that their weight looks good one day and they look thin the next day. This is pretty normal.

He looks to be a tad bit thin - but not a lot. I know that adding more food can cause loose poop - so add a little bit cautiously. I do add a lot of extras to all of my dogs kibble, but you have to do that slowly too. Some full fat plain yogurt is good, as is some egg..... but start slow. My now 1 year old gets a heaping tablespoon of whole milk plain yogurt in the am, and 4% cottage cheese at night. She gets a cooked egg at night, veggies at night and fruit in the am. All of those things have to be added slowly starting with just a little bit - but they are a good way of adding calories if needed.

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Man, puppies can lose and gain weight really fast as they are growing so fast, and often in spurts. Sometimes it seems that their weight looks good one day and they look thin the next day. This is pretty normal.

He looks to be a tad bit thin - but not a lot. I know that adding more food can cause loose poop - so add a little bit cautiously. I do add a lot of extras to all of my dogs kibble, but you have to do that slowly too. Some full fat plain yogurt is good, as is some egg..... but start slow. My now 1 year old gets a heaping tablespoon of whole milk plain yogurt in the am, and 4% cottage cheese at night. She gets a cooked egg at night, veggies at night and fruit in the am. All of those things have to be added slowly starting with just a little bit - but they are a good way of adding calories if needed.
Pretty much what I feed McCoy... Also pumpkin and raw meat/poultry, Once inured to a mixed diet, most dogs thrive on whatever they are fed.

McCoy's breakfast this morning was 1 1/2 cups of Acana MeadowLand. 1/4 cup of honest kitchen chicken (before hydration) 1 Tbsp of organic yogurt, a hardboiled egg and a few frozen blueberries. A true brunch! Oh... also 1200mg fish oil every day and 200 IU Vitamin E very other day.



Sometimes while I am making his meal he will come and I will ask him how he wants his egg done. I think he prefers sunny side up. LOL

Fun for me and tasty for him.Yum!

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