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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 AM
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seven month puppy needs to gain weight

Hi my seven month Vizsla is a very large pup for his age much bigger than his mum. I am struggling to get him to gain weight. He eats well, he is on a barf diet with james wellbeloved as well to ensure he is getting all the requirements he needs but no matter what he remains extremely lean. He has lots of energy and appears very healthy in himself.

I suppose the question is, does anyone know of a good healthy way to get him weight on.....thanks
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Hi my seven month Vizsla is a very large pup for his age much bigger than his mum. I am struggling to get him to gain weight. He eats well, he is on a barf diet with james wellbeloved as well to ensure he is getting all the requirements he needs but no matter what he remains extremely lean. He has lots of energy and appears very healthy in himself.

I suppose the question is, does anyone know of a good healthy way to get him weight on.....thanks
Vislas are a naturally lean dog so it could just be your dog's natural body weight. Has a vet actually said that the dog needs to gain weight? Or is it just you looking at the dog and thinking so? Society's perception fo a healthy weight for a dog is actually unheathily overweight.
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I agree with FailedSlacker... some dogs are just naturally skinny. One of my poodles always seem extremely underweight to me. She's been that way since I got her and it doesn't matter how much I feed her, she eats until she's had enough and then leaves the rest.
She's extremely active so anything she eats is probably burned off very quickly.
I wouldn't worry about it too much unless your vet is concerned about his weight. He's also still growing, males don't really fill out until the ages of one and two years.
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Increase his carbo intake and you can take him to the vet so that a good dog food brand that matches his needs can be recommended.
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Hi my seven month Vizsla is a very large pup for his age much bigger than his mum. I am struggling to get him to gain weight. He eats well, he is on a barf diet with james wellbeloved as well to ensure he is getting all the requirements he needs but no matter what he remains extremely lean. He has lots of energy and appears very healthy in himself.

I suppose the question is, does anyone know of a good healthy way to get him weight on.....thanks
I had the same concern for our Llewellin setter male at this age. I tried everything (including satin balls). He just was/is naturally lean.

My advice, if the vet says he's healthy, just let him be. He will likely fill out a bit when he is 2 years old and up.

Right now he's a skinny teenager. Enjoy it!
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I deal with this too. I have tried everything, to no avail. Satin balls, attempted raw but mine hate it, every topping, canned food, several brands of dry, oil added, you name it. Greta gained maybe two pounds :/. Now Libby is in this stage. They run and work nonstop, and just burn it all off.
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Increase his carbo intake and you can take him to the vet so that a good dog food brand that matches his needs can be recommended.
What? I can't imagine a circumstance under which "vet" and "good brand food" should even be in the same sentence. On the very off chance you manage to find a vet that isn't just trying to sell the garbage that they sell out of their own clinic (of which I am yet to meet one,) you'd still have to go hunting across the globe to find a vet who knows more about canine nutrition than any other random person does.
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What? I can't imagine a circumstance under which "vet" and "good brand food" should even be in the same sentence. On the very off chance you manage to find a vet that isn't just trying to sell the garbage that they sell out of their own clinic (of which I am yet to meet one,) you'd still have to go hunting across the globe to find a vet who knows more about canine nutrition than any other random person does.
Oh Dear! Do we need to make blanket derogatory statements like this? We actually have a veterinarian who has extra training in nutrition who posts here on DF. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. We are lucky to have her participation here. Sometimes I don't know why she sticks around because people can be quite harsh about vets.

Contrary to the cultural myths put forth on the internet, vets in general are not heartlessly trying to steal our money by selling us prescription foods. There are actually conditions for which those special foods are life savers.

If you want to make loads of money, veterinary medicine is not the career to sign up for. People become vets because they want to help animals and their owners. After going to school for 8 or 10 years, and racking up 100,000 $ of debt, at least, you can hope to get a job somewhere making 30 or 40K a year as a second partner in a practice, or you could build your own clinic and pay a mortgage on another half million to several million dollar investment.

What's amazing to me is the type of care you can get for your pet, that is equivalent to what you get for humans, at a small fraction of the cost. Think about it. Last time I got blood work for myself, it was 800 dollars. Last time I got blood work for my dog it was 80 dollars. How about spaying your dog? That was about 300 dollars for my dog. Go get a hysterectomy for a human and expect to spend 10 or 20 thousand dollars. Compare the cost of ACL surgery for your dog and a person and I bet it is different by a factor of 10 at least.

Vets have all the same training as human doctors, plus they have to learn more species. Really, what they offer to us is a downright bargain.

I vote we ease up on the criticism of veterinarians that is so pernicious on the internet. Let's start here on DF.

I'm just sayin'...

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Oh Dear! Do we need to make blanket derogatory statements like this? We actually have a veterinarian who has extra training in nutrition who posts here on DF. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. We are lucky to have her participation here. Sometimes I don't know why she sticks around because people can be quite harsh about vets.

I vote we ease up on the criticism of veterinarians that is so pernicious on the internet. Let's start here on DF.

I'm just sayin'...
I am sorry you feel like we are bad rapping the vets but in my experience I happen to feel the same way.
My vet in Malibu CA. that happens to own a practice that makes enough for him to own the building where he has his practice and a 1/2 million for a house in that area. So I guess it matters where you practice. I took me a couple of years to convince him that Science diet was not the food to feed. His bull dogs skin and coat had to fall apart for him to even consider a better food. I am just saying they need to look a little closer at those food brands they sell and not just believe what they learn from the reps and the couple of weeks of nutrition in vet school. We trust our vets to know what is best for our dogs but sometimes they just don't have the education in the area of nutrition to be qualified to tell us what is best. They rely on the dog food companies to tell them what is best.
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