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Old 01-08-2018, 09:57 PM
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They both went to the vet today. I wasn't planning on it but Jr stared shaking his head yesterday and me/mom have been concerned about Buddy Bear's weight.

Jr had the same thing from last time and the vet didn't do the ear swab test. They did give me a bigger bottle of the ear wash which I'm happy for. Apparently if Jr has the same symptoms and checks his ear, he's okay with giving me the bottle. Which saves me money. Also the vet said he was perfect in weight (14 pounds) He said he just looks "chunky" because he is muscular. And he also had me put him back on Benadryl and his skin and coat supplement.

With Buddy Bear it wasn't a "clear" answer, which was a bit frustrating. My 1st option was to do a blood test ($190) or to deworm plus puppy food and increase his kibble. I chose the dewormer and puppy food route. As I can't afford the $190 blood test at the moment. He said it might start to get him to gain weight. If not my only option would be to do blood work.
I will call the Humane Society (usually cheaper) to see if there blood work is cheaper. Part of me feels a bit "bad" as I didn't do the blood work. But I'm really hoping that the puppy food/dewormer will help him increase in weight. He recommended Hills or Royal Canin but said any puppy food would do. I looked for a bag with the most calories and it ended up being Wellness Puppy, at PetSmart and I also was in a hurry there might have been another bag with a bigger calorie per bag. So he's now eating a cup and a third of kibble instead of 2/3 a day. He's weighing 4.11 pounds and he did say he was too thin. This is the lowest Buddy Bear has ever been since I've had him. Also Buddy Bear is acting completely normal/being himself and still has his normal appetite. So they really didn't have much to go off of I assume which is why they couldn't give a "clear" answer.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:31 AM
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Ari, what is Buddy Bear's top weight? When? I have a 4 pound dog, and she only eats 1/4th of a cup! I guess every dog has different metabolic needs! Mine is very inactive though. good luck!
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:02 AM
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Close to 6 pounds. 5. something I don't remember exactly. But you can literally see every single bone on his bone almost as in "emaciated"
Buddy Bear isn't very active but he does go outside and barks and does get a bit of exercise. He is more like on the "lazy/very light activity"
For dinner I took out a tablespoon from the 2/3 I feel like its a but much. He is eating fine/ acting fine but I just really wanted to take out a Tablespoon and I think I will do the same tomorrow maybe 2.
I wont give him any treats until he gets off the puppy food just cause I feel its too much. He's literally getting the same as my 11 and 14 pound dogs. Which I do understand he might have a high metabolic rate but I'm not too comfortable the amount I'm giving him. But I also don't want to go against what the vet said because I want to give it a try.
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:38 PM
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Ari, I give the kibble my dogs are eating as a 'treat'. You might do the same? Are you feeding him several times a day? That may help the weight.
My almost 11 pound dog eats the same as my 4 pound dog, and she's still quite heavy! The vet says there isn't any more I can do about her weight, 'cause of the phenobarbital she has to take.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:20 PM
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I actually don't give them their kibble as a "treat"
I feed him 2 times a day. But today and tomorrow I will feed him 3 times a day only because yesterday I gave his dewormer around noon and I don't want to switch the time of the dewormer.
He feels "heavy" now but he usually always feels like that after he eat. I'm also slowly switching him to the puppy food.
He hasn't skipped a meal, had diarrhea or vomit. So I think he's at least doing okay with what I'm giving him and the amount
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:40 PM
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I called the humane society vet clinic
Apparently their price is $48 Appointments only but it makes sense as their much cheaper
If Buddy Bear doesn't gain weight I will take him there.
As much as I love the vet I have now I just can't do the $190
Hopefully they won't be too upset as I still will use them as their only 5 minutes away from where I live and accept walkins.
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:08 AM
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The humane society that I use for rabies etc vaccinations give me a copy of what they have done. I bring that to my vet. I would ask for a copy of the blood results 'for my records' and see what they say. I would think your vet would understand. My vet is not eager to refer any one to the humane society, but I asked around and called them. They are also app'ts only.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:11 AM
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If I were to get the test at the humane society clinic I will get him "diagnosed" there as well.
I'm not sure if my regular vet would even accept a blood work from a different place.
Even if they did I'd have to pay another exam fee for the regular vet. Which to be honest is still cheaper and I think I would trust him a bit more than the cheaper place. But I need to have an open mind.
Buddy Bear is feeling "heavy" but I'm hoping he'll keep his weight. As he usually loses it.
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