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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-11-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Vet said vizsla puppy is too skinny

I took my vizsla in at 13 weeks and the vet said that she knows the breed is known to be thinner but is concerned she is not eating enough. I have her on diamond puppy food and her food is always available for her to eat. I estimate she eats between 2 to 2.5 cups a day. Her weight was 16.4 pounds at 13 weeks and 10.5 and 9 weeks so she had gained just under 6 pounds in those for weeks. Should I be concerned or is it possible my vet is just not as familiar with this breed. I want to make sure she is eating enough without forcing her to eat more than she needs
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-11-2018, 04:19 PM
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It would help if you could post pictures.
Are you seeing hip bones on your puppy?

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You might try switching the foods around with other high quality brands and flavors. Our 16 week old definitely likes some foods better than others, and that changes daily. I guess I would hate to eat the same thing every day too.

At 14 weeks ours was also a bit on the lean side (19.5 lbs) according to the vet. He also eats as much as he wants. His ribs show but not the hips. I got a can of wilderness puppy food, mix it with some kibble, and fill a kong, He loves it and eats more because of it.
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So much depends on the build of the puppy.
You can't just go by wieght..
Shine was just under 10 lbs at 8 weeks old. Her last wieght was 42 lbs, and she's 8 months old.
She's at the tall leggy age and will probably hit 50 when she fills out.
Different bloodlines grow, and slow their growth at different ages. It all evens out over time.

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Here's a pic of miss Ruby!
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ribs showing on the picture, but not hips, looks normal puppy for me. i am not familiar with the brand of food you give, so i cannot comment on that. when u say food always available, does it mean free-feeding? i generally don`t recommend that, but rather a schedule. at this age 3-4 times a day.
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She looks just like my pup - and I'm not concerned. Some days he looks a little bit chubbier, some days his legs look like he's a kangaroo. I do add some apples and carrots to his "stuffy" treats for a change too.


@Gabica why don't you like "free range" feeding?
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She looks perfect.

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on free range feeding:

https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...g_21416-1.html

hopefully it answers question.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-12-2018, 10:59 AM
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Ok, I'll be gentle here.....

First, your baby is definitely underweight based on that pic. Puppies are typically "ribby", but yours is also "hippy"and there's a clear indentation where the ribs end and the belly starts, shes too thin.
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Switch your food immediately! Diamond Puppy food is not a very high quality food, the first ingredient is "Chicken by product meal"..which is basically the waste parts of the chicken not usable (nor identifiable), and then a lot of grains and cereals. The first "real" animal ingredient..(unnamed!) fish meal... is too far down the ingredients list. V's need a high quality, animal based food..compare "Nature's Variety Instinct Original"and see.

Visit "Dogfodadvisor.com"and pick a 5 star food, one with at least some identifiable meat meal as the first ingredient. And under the circumstances, I would suggest "Free feeding" so she gets the nutrients she needs to grow and develop properly.
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