Jade turned 20 weeks old on this past Sunday. She is doing great, has grown some, and is as feisty as ever. She doesn't have any clue that her body is not as mature as her mind. She is 20 weeks old in mind, and 9 weeks old in size. She now weighs 1 lb. 4 oz. It was a struggle to get her to that weight. She was eating kibble mostly when she was at her breeders, but I think she was really just swallowing it almost whole. I was trying the kibble moistened with wet food, and with as much activity as she has here, it just wasn't enough. She was eating it 4 times a day, with Nutri-Cal twice a day.
About 2 weeks ago I noticed she was starting to lose weight, not gain. In this size of a puppy that is a sure sign that you are headed for sugar trouble. If you have a puppy that isn't gaining weight you have a problem somewhere. She lost 6/10 of an ounce, and I kept trying to pump the food. I'm trying to make this as short as possible.
After a few days of me noticing the weight loss, one morning she woke up and acted more tired than usual. So I knew it was time to start pumping the Nutri-Cal. She seemed to respond to it somewhat, but when she walked she seemed to have no control over her legs. I about PANICKED! I thought, OMG, is she going crippled? So I call my Vet, who is very good at telling me what to do over the phone (she has a Chi), and she said her sugars are probably down and it will cause loss of muscle control. I kept the Nutri-Cal going, and started with the Gerber baby food. They will usually always eat that if nothing else. After a few hours her legs were back on track and she was full speed ahead.
Talk about relief! Then came the loose stools from so much Nutri-Cal which didn't seem to phase her a bit.
So long story short, she isn't able to eat enough kibble to keep her going with as much activity as she has. She is now eating canned food 4 times a day, and Nutri-Cal 3 times a day. I have not had any problems since and all poops are back on track. Didn't take long to get her back to the speed demon she is.
She doesn't always want to eat all of the food she has to eat, so like a mean Mama I force feed her.
Sounds mean I know, but it is what keeps her going.
She does like to eat TOTW kibble throughout the day. And talk about funny to watch her tackle those kibbles.
I have been through all of this before, but it is just as nerve racking every single time. So everyone send Jade "growing" vibes. While she is very healthy and very spunky, the closer I can get her to 2 lbs. the better she'll be with her sugars and no heart attacks for Mom.
So here she is this morning. You can see she would much rather climb in the cup than pose. It's all about play, play, play.
Ann, if you see this, I think she will be outgrowing this little sweater in the next few weeks. I said she could probably wear it until she was about 6 months old, I came very close.