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Old 06-17-2018, 11:35 PM
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Underweight and Not Eating

Hi Everyone,

4 days ago I adopted an 11-week old Golden Retriever pup. On the car ride home he was really mellow and just slept like a baby the entire time. The next day he still continued to sleep for majority of the day and didn't do much. I just thought it was due to stress of being taken away from his original home and family. I went to the vet the day after for a puppy check-up and she said it was very concerning that he was very mellow and she said it seemed to be lethargy. She said he should be running around and inspecting everythings. He's only coming in at just over 7lbs which the vet said he is tiny for his age and would love to see him at atleast 10lbs. She said the reason he has no energy is because he's not eating and may (hopefully) only have low blood sugar (if not diagnostics will have to be run). For the last two days I've tried everything to get him to eat his kibble, I've mixed canned food with the kibble, I've put boiled chicken in the kibble for him to sift through but the only thing he really responds to is just boiled chicken. I noticed that he really likes "real" food so I bought this brand "Just Food For Dogs" which he liked better than the rest but still only picked at it with a couple bites only. His energy has somewhat gone up since I've upped the ante and have been giving him only boiled chicken but I'm not sure if he's still not acting like a normal puppy or not. He still sleeps a lot and wakes up and has some energy but it's nothing crazy, he'll walk around and just smell stuff but he will start playing if i initiate which was amazing and I saw as progress, but then he'll automatically go to sleep.

I've had dogs before but this is my first puppy. Has anyone reading this encountered something similar to this before? How do I get him to eat more? I don't want to continually feed him boiled chicken. I've done a trick with Honey like the vet reccomended to get his sugar levels up but she even said that's only a quick fix and he needs to be on a regular diet. I've read something on the internet call "Satin Balls" and I found a puppy recipe as opposed to regular adult recipe. Does anyone recommend this? Also, since he's so tiny for his age, is he going to grow ok? His parents came in at 70lbs. Any tips would be appreciated

-Concerned New Puppy Parent.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:19 AM
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Im sorry to hear that. He seems like a cute little guy.
Im not one to speculate, I think that there are many possibilities for his lethargy, could be disease, trauma, hormonal imbalance(dogs have it too) or other issues. So perhaps the reason our buddy here isnt eating so much is something we're not currently aware of.
Don't get too worried! we need time to observe ; ) hope he gets better soon!
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:21 AM
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That does not sound normal.

I would keep contacting the vet and also talk to the breeder, specifically ask whether she was this calm while at the breeders.

Our pup came from a breeder who misread her lethargy for calm, as it turned out she was seriously ill. It came with behavioral issues down the line as she recovered.
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