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Old 02-23-2010, 04:25 PM
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I agree with T. Some dogs are just built thin. I have trouble keeping weight on Brody. As soon as I get him where I like him, he runs it all off. Let him out in the backyard to potty and he zooms around the yard as fast as he can run 4-5 times. He can easily walk a mile at a brisk pace and be ready for more. He's just got a fast metabolism and he's hard to keep weight on. Even on the raw diet, he will eat his two ounces and then he's done for the day. Even when offered more food or treats, he won't eat unless he's hungry and then only to a certain degree. It's common for him to fast himself occasionally and decide not to eat for a day or so. I have learned (gradually!) not to stress over it. He's active and healthy. He's just a skinny boy.

Here's a pic that shows his tuck up/waist. And yes, if you run your finger down his back, you will feel the knobs of his spine and you can feel his ribs.



I wouldn't worry too much if Tilly is built thin. If she is emaciated, that's a different story. Do you have any recent pics of her?
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:31 PM
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I agree Tiny is like this even though he doesnt look it to me personally i feel he is underweight but the vet has never mentioned it so if it was a problem she would have brang it up with me!
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:52 PM
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You've gotten a load of great info about this, I do the cottage cheese and canned puppy food whenever I get a skinny lil rescue in...I'll say too that when the slender built ones are anywhere near my "cobbybodies" they look so much worse!
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:22 PM
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I agree with T and Tracy (and nice of you to remember dear Phoebe T haha). I just always say Phoebe's trying to keep weight for her modeling career She's just built that way. When she eats I can SEE her get bigger, but then she digests/works it off and she's a stick figure again.
I also think the guys that are built like this (or at least Phoebe) has a ribcage that is large for their frame. The tuck in from an overhead view from her ribs to stomach is DRASTIC, but then when you actually look at her ribs compared to the rest of her they just look huge.
I can see/feel parts of her ribs,spine,hips, but she isn't sickly and she doesn't act lethargic or anything that would point to her having an issue with her weight. I'm sure I COULD try to make her fat by force feeding her, but I'd rather a slightly thin dog than an overweight one!
Also after our vet visit I realized I was way off on her weight. I've been saying 3.5-4lbs, she's 3.1 without breakfast haha.

Now Schroeder isn't built the same svelte way that Phoebe is, but he also has a prominent bony chest and large ribs. He is at a good weight, I can easily feel but not see his individual ribs and he has a nice tuck up, but because he's got a big ribcage people always assume he's smaller. So many people are not USED to seeing dogs at a good weight. Even dogs who are not FAT, are still not the ideal body condition and people don't realize it. Dogs are supposed to be trim! Sorry for my rant haha.

If you are seriously concerned with her weight and its nothing medical you can up her food, and some puppy food, canned food, or continue with special chicken or beef added whatever you'd like. You can also look up the recipe for Satin Balls, they seem to put weight on dogs but I've never used them. But she may also just be built this way and always be thin.

(Also Jerry's Mom - I noticed you said you feed Wellness Core and add Royal Canin. It isn't a good idea to mix grain free and grain inclusive kibbles because they digest at different rates. Just a heads up )
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Did your vet mention anything about her weight? They should have given you suggestions about how to fatten her up.
He didn't say anything at our last visit, but I've been hopping from one vet to another between the move and unsatisfactory service. I loved my vet from my old place, but the two hour drive was killer during Tilly's spay and it upset me that they didn't pull her retained baby teeth like I asked. Almost all of them are retained and she suffered so badly post-op (mainly stress) after her spay that I just don't feel comfortable putting her under again, but her mouth just looks like a nightmare, and I worry about long-term damage to her teeth. The doc is great but his staff is just horrible.

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Tabitha was also on the bony side from the time I got her. Once she hit a year old, she began to fill out nicely... maybe even on the plumper side now!
I think I put too much hope in the one year mark. I thought at one year old she'd start sprouting thick hair and get chunky...lol...I know, unrealistic. But maybe a few more months will show more promise as it did with your Tabitha.

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Hi, I don't post very often but did want to make a comment. My Ernie is 4 yrs old and is still a really thin little dog. My vet always assures me that he is very, very healthy, so I have quit worrying about it but it was hard.
It is hard, isn't it? I don't have children, and I use to be puzzled by my friends' concern over the littlest thing. Just desserts, I suppose.

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Also try some Nutra Cal paste either on the food or a spoon see if she likes that..
I've been meaning to get Nutra Cal for the longest time now. I thought I'd keep it on hand if her blood sugar ever dropped, but it's never been an issue. Never thought to use it as a weight builder. Might have to give the vet a call.

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It amazes me how many times I find comfort in the fact that we all experience the same thing. Just last night I was discussing with my daughter that I thought Baby Bella was too thin. Since AnnieBelle came to live with us she is…well the polite thing to say is…plump. Bella is a very fawn like deerhead. The vet always said she has a “very nice waistline” Now I can see that I am probably worrying for nothing. But I am in good company.
Yes, yes, yes! I'm comforted by those reporting that they also went through similar worries.
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He's active and healthy. He's just a skinny boy.

Here's a pic that shows his tuck up/waist. And yes, if you run your finger down his back, you will feel the knobs of his spine and you can feel his ribs.

I wouldn't worry too much if Tilly is built thin. If she is emaciated, that's a different story. Do you have any recent pics of her?
She's very active and healthy. Sometimes too much so. When she and Pearl are outside playing, they move so quickly that they literally look like little cockroaches scurrying from the light. I know the comparision is rather unfavorable, but the images really are similar. I don't have any recent pics of her, but I plan on getting some. It's starting to get warm again, so I'll take some soon.

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You've gotten a load of great info about this, I do the cottage cheese and canned puppy food whenever I get a skinny lil rescue in...I'll say too that when the slender built ones are anywhere near my "cobbybodies" they look so much worse!
I love cobby chis. Love, love, love them. While Tilly was never a chunky baby, the growth spurt she went through just made her leaner than I ever thought she'd be. Sometimes her skin is just stretched so taut. It's just not what I'm use to. I'm use to having girl/boy-next-door chis and she's built more like a runway model chi. LOL. Funny you mention cottage cheese. My dogs are crazy for cottage cheese.

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I agree with T and Tracy (and nice of you to remember dear Phoebe T haha). I just always say Phoebe's trying to keep weight for her modeling career She's just built that way. When she eats I can SEE her get bigger, but then she digests/works it off and she's a stick figure again.
Exactly how I feel.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:17 PM
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Sandy, I went through the same thing you are going through with my girls. I worried myself sick that the girls stayed so thin. Chance was also very thin before his neuter, but that did the trick for him. Now he's the only one that has meat on his bones.

Any recent pics of Ms. Tilly?
I'm hoping her spay will let her pack on some extra ounces. No recent pics, but I plan to take some soon. I just wish I had your skill with the camera. All of my pictures are of them sleeping or staring off into space. LOL
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Well Phoebe was spayed at around 8 months, and she is now 1 yr 9 months. She weighed 2.7 lbs when she was spayed and now she is 3.1. So spaying her - not a big help hahaha.

While I wish so badly that she'd look better she just is who she is, and her health is all that matters to me. And as long as her weight isn't affecting health then we are OK!

As I said if you're really worried you can google Satin Balls and try them. But I don't like to force too much of a weight gain as I think dogs are meant to be certain ways. I've never tried Satin Balls but I've heard they put weight on quick.
Phoebe looks weird when she has weight on her. It doesn't fit...

Also I love your roach reference hahah.
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