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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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First time owner, runt of the litter?

I had a border collie many years ago, after that it became puppy after puppy, mostly rescued but they didnt make it, except for two and they live happily with an aunt now, then i got my cat also rescued a year ago. Now I decided it was the right time to bring a puppy home to stay, and I chose a red dobie, she is the smallest of the litter, and yes i was afraid no one would take her home so i took my savings and now here i am. The owner is a nice lady, all her puppies are healthy and i want to believe mine is too. My puppy is turning 2 months old next july 6 and im concerned about her weight, im feeding her purina dog chow (it was a quick buy since we just got her and i was scared cuz it was a long trip and she needed to eat) im buying orijen next. She plays, runs, sleeps and eats well, and for some reason learned "stay" so quickly before even "sit", she just loves to "freeze" whenever i say it, but im still concerned about how skinny her back legs are, she walks just fine, vet didnt say anything about her, didnt have us any advise about what to feed her, just gave us simparica for fleas and ticks.

I really want her to develop just fine i appreciate any advise or experience, and sorry for my english, my main language is spanish but i try
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It sounds like she left her litter at a very early age - in most states it is illegal to sell a puppy before 8 weeks of age. I know nothing about simparica - I don't give any flea or tick meds, but really would not give them to a puppy that young. JMHO. As far a food, you might want to upgrade to something like Purina Pro Plan instead of going right to a super rich kibble that might be too much for her at this point. She may need her kibble softened with some warm water as she is very young - crunching hard kibble at this age is tough on little puppies. Feed 3-4 meals a day right now.
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Simparica in only for dogs that are at least 6 months old. If your puppy won't be two months old until July 6th, that means that she's barely 6 weeks old, and much too young to be taking Simparica.
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Simparica in only for dogs that are at least 6 months old. If your puppy won't be two months old until July 6th, that means that she's barely 6 weeks old, and much too young to be taking Simparica.
Didn't know that, I'll find another vet then
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DOB: 12/26/2018

Week 6: 7.6#
Week 7: 10#
Week 8: 11#
Week 9: 15.8#
Week 10: 16.4#
Week 11: 20#
Week 17 : 32#
Week 19 : 37.6# (4 Months 1 Week) Height: Roughly 22"
Week 21 : 41#
Week 24 : 48.6#
Week 26: (6 Months) : 52.6# Height: 25" Roughly

[Months 7-11 : Did not keep Track although Months 7/11 is close to 6/12 respectively in height| Regarding Weight: Possibly 2-4 lbs every Month seems to be Trend]

1 Year : 65-68 lbs Height: Unknown -> 25"-26" using Above/Below Guesses

13/14 Months : 68-70 lbs (at 14 Months Odin was at 70lbs) , Around 26" or 26.5" (Unsure but less than 27"; although 1" growth spurt from Month 14 -> 15 does not seem to be trend)

15 Months : 70# Around 27.5"

16 Months: 72 # 27.5-27.75"

18 Months: 75# 27.75"

It was harder to get measurements before, but now it's a little closer to 27.75 not 28" yet tho but close.


My boy was always a little on the low weight side. But he looked healthy and acts like a healthy pup and I think thats what matters the most. I got my boy at 7.5 Weeks I think. A little earlier than most.

I'd have to note just on getting him young I think it was a little tough training him regarding nipping, jumping etc. But he's good now surprisingly lol I had to spend alot of time with him. Don't look for instant gratification look for the small ones it adds up.
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DOB: 12/26/2018

Week 6: 7.6#
Week 7: 10#
Week 8: 11#
Week 9: 15.8#
Week 10: 16.4#
Week 11: 20#
Week 17 : 32#
Week 19 : 37.6# (4 Months 1 Week) Height: Roughly 22"
Week 21 : 41#
Week 24 : 48.6#
Week 26: (6 Months) : 52.6# Height: 25" Roughly

[Months 7-11 : Did not keep Track although Months 7/11 is close to 6/12 respectively in height| Regarding Weight: Possibly 2-4 lbs every Month seems to be Trend]

1 Year : 65-68 lbs Height: Unknown -> 25"-26" using Above/Below Guesses

13/14 Months : 68-70 lbs (at 14 Months Odin was at 70lbs) , Around 26" or 26.5" (Unsure but less than 27"; although 1" growth spurt from Month 14 -> 15 does not seem to be trend)

15 Months : 70# Around 27.5"

16 Months: 72 # 27.5-27.75"

18 Months: 75# 27.75"

It was harder to get measurements before, but now it's a little closer to 27.75 not 28" yet tho but close.


My boy was always a little on the low weight side. But he looked healthy and acts like a healthy pup and I think thats what matters the most. I got my boy at 7.5 Weeks I think. A little earlier than most.

I'd have to note just on getting him young I think it was a little tough training him regarding nipping, jumping etc. But he's good now surprisingly lol I had to spend alot of time with him. Don't look for instant gratification look for the small ones it adds up.
Makes me feel better to know your pup did so well, thanks, Ill try to keep a track of her weight too!
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I went to a new vet, he's good, answered all my questions and will keep an eye on her growth. I'll be changing her food soon, since I have a big package and don't want to just threw it. I'm relieved, she seems fine shes just little, but we cant relax yet
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