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Old 05-08-2012, 05:50 PM
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Many thanks Tess, will look at type of food too
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i feel like a terrible owner if she might be a lot underweight still
Don't! Based on that photo, her ribs aren't very visible and her underside does not tuck up too much. Could it be some hair? Yes. But she doesn't look even close to "a lot underweight". Again, it's not her WEIGHT that is important. Have the vet or a tech quickly feel her body tomorrow and have them give you a Body Condition Score. Anywhere from 4-6 (out of 9) is okay. Your goal should be to have her at a 4 or 5 as an adult.

Listen, every dog is different. My mom got a lot of side comments about Holly's weight when she was younger because Holly is a naturally thin dog. Always has been, and hopefully always will be. It is also a fact that there are soooo many fat dogs nowadays that most people don't know what a "fit" dog is supposed to look like. Holly is fit. Our little dog... well, not so much... lol. Based on the breed your dog probably is, it would be BETTER for her in the long run to be slightly underweight. NOT saying she doesn't need a lot of nutrients as she's growing, but your goal should not be to make her appear chunky at any stage of her life.
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Yeah, everything Holly said. Absolutely nothing to feel bad about.
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Thanks guys :-) went to a responsible owner neighbour who said she seemed ok, certainly not skinny but could have a little more meat on her, which is what i think. Plus weighed her and she jas put on 0.4 kilos in 6 days. So, am happier and less freaked out! Thanks for assurances that am not terrible...as i've said in other posts, this is hard when doing it on own and i so want a happy healthy pup! Now, where's that bottle of wine now i can relax?!
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If you ask me, your situation is the ideal... that is a naturally slender pup, who can "free feed" and not over eat. Its much nicer if the dog can be allowed to regulate their own food intake, rather than the human trying to guess how much the pup needs and risk either under or over feeding.

She's going to be a very athletic dog. She reminds me a lot of my male setter in her body shape at this age. He is still naturally slim, which again, is a nice thing to have as obesity causes so many problems for dogs, just like humans.

Hope you post some more pics again as she grows up!
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Hi, i know it's difficult with mutts but is there a way to find my pups ideal weight? She's a collie x springer and is about 8kilos at 16 weeks.

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Do know if your puppy been check for worms? If you think it should be putting more weight on , it may help to make sure she does not have worms.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:29 AM
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Hope you post some more pics again as she grows up!
Thanks Tess - believe me there is going to be no issue with me posting pics of my gorgeous girl!

I'm doing video updates for my parents as they love dogs but live too far away to visit regularly...this is the latest video...


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VERY adorable!!!

Thanks for sharing.
I know exactly how you feel... its called "puppy love!"
Happens to me with every puppy...
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That video was fantastic! Such a cutie!


PS- Her weight looks PERFECT ;-P
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