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Old 02-23-2010, 07:56 AM
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Tilly's still at 2.6 lbs, and it's starting to worry me. Not the overall weight, but how she carries it. She's sort of lanky, has very little "meat" over her ribs, and her spine is really prominent. If you even lightly trace your finger over her hipbones, you can easily feel those too.

I thought it was an adolescent thing and that she would grow into her body, but she's over a year old now and still thin as a rail. She eats her dog food, I give her natural jerky treats, and even cook her beef and chicken on occasion, but nothing seems to stick. And she loses weight so easily.

When I got her spayed and let her stay at the vet's, it was like she dropped an entire pound in those two days. You could actually see both her hipbones and ribs. It took me almost a week to get the diarrhea to stop and some weight back on her.

I don't want her fat (her littermate, Pearl, is chunky but she's been that way even as a little pup...you can see the double chin in my sig that she had even as a 12 week old), but I do want to put some weight on her. Is there any particular type of food that could boost her calories? The meat doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Are carbs good for dogs? She likes sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, and peas. Would it be o.k. (healthwise) to supplement her diet regularly with one of those options?
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:53 AM
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how about a nice bowl of chicken or steak! lotsa protein and calories in one
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:04 AM
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Did your vet mention anything about her weight? They should have given you suggestions about how to fatten her up.
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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 am feeding her Wellness Core kibble; but, I still give her a tablespoon of Royal Canin puppy food. I think she just needs the extra calories. She seems to have a much higher metabolism than Jerry. Good luck with your little Tilly. Please keep us posted. Good to hear from you
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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.
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Rico likes an egg ocassionally. You could try that. Some dog foods contain potatoes and veg..Rico likes those too..pretty much Rico likes all food.
I think that na egg is a good protien source and has some good vitamins too. Also try some Nutra Cal paste either on the food or a spoon see if she likes that..

she just might need a bit extra..
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:33 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. Mine are all so short in length that there is a fine line for them. Not enough weight and they look lanky, as you mention, too much makes them look "frumpy."

I will say that after the girls turned a year old, more towards 18 months old that they filled out some. Not a lot, but more than they were. I think some are just meant to be thin. Their metabolism is higher than others. If you take a look at, say, Tracy's Brody, your little Tilly, Erin's Paige, JayR's Mimi, Bella Luna, Quinn's Phoebe, Kioana's late Honey, Lexie, Gia & Jade you will see what I'm talking about. They are different sizes, but built "thin." There are a few more built that way here, but some I'm not as familiar with. They don't have that extra layer of skin that some have. I've noticed that the thin ones all have what I call "knobby" chests. You can see their bones protrude in the front.

Anyway, I think I drove my Vet crazy worrying about the girls weights and being so thin. He has assured me time and time again that as long as their ribs don't protrude (you can literally count them they will show so bad) and they aren't "sunk in" that they are fine. Another way that you can tell if they are too thin is if their head looks to big for their body.

I schedule feed all of mine twice a day with canned food. I also free feed kibble. You can try anything that is a "healthy" choice. Eggs, Chicken, Hamburger Meat (no fat), Cottage Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Yogurt, Apples, Carrots, Green Beans, Peas, Potatoes, Peanut Butter, etc. You can also try some of the grain free foods. It comes in canned as well. Dogs don't need carbs to survive, but they won't hurt them. Some things may not agree with Tilly's tummy, but you can discontinue anything that seems to cause upset. I would go very slow introducing any of these things, though.

You can also get supplements that you can add to her food daily.

Try not to worry too much. Easier said than done, I know. I worried about this topic until mine were well over 1 year old. That's what Mom's do. But I think she'll be fine.

This is about all the "meat" I can get on Lexie and she is 3 years old. My Vet said her weight at 3 lbs. is fine. To me she is a "sack of bones."



This is how thin Gia is at 2 years old. The Vet said her weight at 2.6 lbs. is fine. Since she has SO much hair, I don't "see" how boney she is unless she is wet.



Any recent pics of Ms. Tilly?
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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.
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