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Our regular vet is 15 minutes away and a new Animal Health Center opened about a mile up the road from us. Neighbors go there and really like the vet. They were going to him at another location. This is a new shopping center. They held an open house and we went and really liked them. Not quite ready to change from our vet, but an option or even second opinion will be nice.

So, I have been taking them there for nail trims. Last time, they weighed them and I wrote down their weights. 3.2 lbs. and 3.7 lbs.
Tonight she weighed them and I remarked that Hope was almost 4 pounds. She was 3.9. The Tech gave me a look and said, "No. A bit more than 3 and a half pounds". Now I am NO good at math (thank goodness they give me smart Finance people at work! ha!) but that did not seem right to me.

She then told me that their scale is pounds AND ounces. So, like a rookie, I wrote down and have been saying the girls are 3.25 and 3.75 pounds. I was wrong.
Eden is 3 pounds, 1 ounce, Ruby is 3 pounds, 8 ounces and Hope is 3 pounds 9 ounces. Did not want you to think I was losing my mind when I now say that they are different weights that what I had been sharing.

I really liked that while our regular vet stopped weighing them on the "baby scale", this vet believes in continuing to do so. They explained that for medication amounts and such, with smaller dogs, actual weight, down to the ounces, is important. He said that a 60 pound dog is a different story.

I really just need to find my own baby scale!
 

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Awww Karen, they are sooooooooo tiny!!! It's quite rare to see chi's under 4 pounds and you have 3 of them!! Lucky you! :)
 

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Oh well, I have done the same thing sort of! Since Penny is smaller than Lion I always assumed she weighed less. I told everyone she was 5 lbs and Lion over 6. Well, turns out Penny is 6+ lbs and Lion is 5. How is that even possible??
 

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I really think that I will insist my regular vet weigh them pounds and ounces. The medication dosing (now that I learned about that here from you, Tracy!) thing makes sense to me.

Telling them that "demand" will be fun. That office already thinks I am over the top, I am certain. Why do I feel like I am "cheating" on my regular vet? haha!
 

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Different body types. My tallest boy, Gonzo, who towers over the other dogs, weighs 6 pounds while my shortest boy, Reggie, weighs 8.9 pounds. Gonzo is all legs, he's my Daddy-long-legs spider dog. Reggie has a sturdy body on very short legs. But looking at height, you'd think it would be the other way.
 

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That is true. Hope looks much heavier than Ruby but since they are just an ounce different, it is actually that they have really different body types.
 

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Don't feel silly! The same thing happened to me at my Vet :)
But, now I know how to read those scales. I take Tabitha in monthly
so I can monitor her weight and adjust her diet. An ounce or two is
an important increment with dogs this size!
 

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Dang... so small!! My girls get weighed on the big dog scale now.... so it doesn't do it in ounces. The baby scales they used to get weighed on do though.
 

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To me it doesn't matter, if your happy with your regular vet, keep going to him. We go to a vet that's about 20 to 30 miles from us because he is so good. Better than all the others. Much more understanding and compassionate. That's a lot of the reason why I don't like changing vets.
 

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It's easy to convert the big scale weight. Just multiply the .whatever by 16.

3.4 is 3 lbs. 6.4 ounces.
 

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It's easy to convert the big scale weight. Just multiply the .whatever by 16.

3.4 is 3 lbs. 6.4 ounces.
I have to just be not so thick and realize which scale weighs which way! haha! Girl, now you want me to do math!! The way I am with numbers I will be calculating the wrong one!

I need to get a baby scale for them. Since I feed ZP, I want to make certain that they are not losing due to my incorrect measuring (more math!).
I did get some cute little aluminum 1/4 cup measuring cups from a restaurant supply. Better than measuring to my Sharpie drawn line on the plastic ZP scoop.
 

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I have hard time reading the numbers too. I have kitchen scale. Amberleah is just over 3 lbs. I wish she would gain some weight. She is so tiny. But is out of teacup xxs and is in xs
 

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Hahaha. That's why I hate when people put 4.6lbs etc because I can never figure out if its lbs.oz or an actual 1/4, 1/2, etc! A mistake anyone could easily make so don't feel too silly. :)
 

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I usually always weigh my little dogs before we go to the vet and I just tell them how much they weigh in pounds and ounces and let them figure out the other way, coz their big stand on scale is the other way and it never weighs my little dogs accurately.
 

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My LeStat can vary by 6-7 ounces over a 2 week period depending on how he is eating, he's so picky at times, you can really see the difference with him although with my other dogs you wouldn't even notice if they lost a pound or two!

LeStat varies between 2 pounds 8 ounces and 2 pounds 15 ounces but is now more usually around 2 pound and about 11 ounces more often than not!

I bought him his new jacket from an American seller on Ebay, I'm in the UK, as I can't for the life of me find aything to fit him here. He's in size xxxs and it fits him well.

As for feeding I don't do the weighing out thing I just fill his small dish twice a day and he eats however much he wants on each day. He sometimes eats like a little horsse and other days he hardly eats anything. We've give up worrying with him now though....he's healthy, fit and happy so he eats what he wants to when he wants to.
I sometimes think they get stressed when we want them to eat and we worry about it. The worry tranfers to the dog and they may be afraid to eat just in case they don't eat enough for the owner!
I used to have a little terrier type dog who would not eat if his dish was full it had to be filled to a certain depth or he would not touch it.
 

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Mine are all little piggies and eat well although I wish they would all eat a bit more slowly!

I think I will get a baby scale and weigh them myself regularly. The youngest will be 1 next month and I think she is finished growing. She has been the same weight since 8 months.

I agree with you. I am SUPER glad that all of mine are healthy as well. Had a rough few months with Hope so it taught me to be grateful for babies who are well and are good eaters!
 

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As for feeding I don't do the weighing out thing I just fill his small dish twice a day and he eats however much he wants on each day. He sometimes eats like a little horsse and other days he hardly eats anything. We've give up worrying with him now though....he's healthy, fit and happy so he eats what he wants to when he wants to.
I sometimes think they get stressed when we want them to eat and we worry about it. The worry tranfers to the dog and they may be afraid to eat just in case they don't eat enough for the owner!
I used to have a little terrier type dog who would not eat if his dish was full it had to be filled to a certain depth or he would not touch it.
Thank you so much for that. I feel much better about the Cricket eats. She eats like that too.
 

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Mine are all little piggies and eat well although I wish they would all eat a bit more slowly!

I think I will get a baby scale and weigh them myself regularly. The youngest will be 1 next month and I think she is finished growing. She has been the same weight since 8 months.

I agree with you. I am SUPER glad that all of mine are healthy as well. Had a rough few months with Hope so it taught me to be grateful for babies who are well and are good eaters!
Yes LeStat has been ill while he was a puppy and has had other issues since with socialisation and eating but we worried so much I think we all made him worse. We told him we refused to worry aobut him any more and he's putting weight on now and eating halfway reasonably.
LeStat is 18 months old now so he's definitely fully grown I think.

Thank you so much for that. I feel much better about the Cricket eats. She eats like that too.
Yes it's hard but it's best to try ad not worry too much as I say I'm sure they 'know' and use it against us to get their own way.....lol
We still have to feed him on the settee or he won't eat so he's getting his own way a little bit ayway!
 
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