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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Do I have a runt?

So my Vizsla is 15 months old. She seems small and underweight to me. She is not even 20" to the withers and is 37lbs. Vet said she needed to gain weight and for the past 3 weeks I have been over feeding her and she hasn't gained a pound. Has she stopped growing? Did I get stuck with a runt?
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 05:33 PM
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Re: Do I have a runt?

I don't think you got "stuck" with anything but a loving vizsla who is rather petite

All of the Vs on here vary in size- some are larger and some are smaller. There are others on here that have females of similar size as your pup so I doubt that she's a "runt," but likely just on the smaller end of the spectrum. Was mom, dad or both on the smaller side?

I would also suggest not overfeeding your little lady but evaluating the food that you're feeding her first and see if there is something that better suits her needs to gain weight if she needs to gain weight. There are a few threads regarding food that you could look into/read on here to shed some light on food.

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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Do I have a runt?

Actually the females in her line run large so I am surprised by how small she is. I prefer males dogs in general so for my first female dog to be sub-standard is a bit disappointing. I will look at the food suggestions in diet section but she has been eating Blue Buffalo since I got her. Thanks for your reply.
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post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 06:22 PM
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Re: Do I have a runt?

I don't understand why people get obsessed by the size of their dogs. There are lots of qualities I look for in a dog but size isn't one of them because I don't think of a size as a 'quality'. I am sad that you think of your dog as 'sub-standard'.

When you say you are now 'over feeding' your V, what are you basing this on? The suggestions on the packet? I don't understand why people worry so much about what it says on the packet - dogs vary a lot - and the suggestions aren't even specific to your breed or account for your dog's activity. It's simple, if your dog is too skinny, feed more, if your dog is too fat then feed it less!
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post #5 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 06:35 PM
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Re: Do I have a runt?

Not sure if you are open to feeding people food, but we need to try to put weight on ours as well and we use yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter in his kibble to help. Suggestion of our breeder and vet. He also gets lots of fruit and veggies and some fresh fish but these aren't likely to put weight on our little guy! We also use some raw food for supplement but it's way too expensive for us to feed him full time.

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Re: Do I have a runt?

At 15 months, Savannah was eating more than the bag recommendations, too. I assume partly because of her activity level. Her kibble was mixed with wet dog food and, like MilesMom, we supplemented with people food - peanut butter, chicken, turkey, veggies, fruit, etc.

If you supplement with people food, I suggest you read a bit about what others have found regarding allergies. By varying the diet, if you do have an allergy problem, you will have to track food fairly quickly and carefully to find the source.

There is a recipe for satin balls on the forum that folks have used to increase weight. It seems to me there are a few other recipes that could also help. Redbirddog's liver treats come to mind. Use the search function. You should find some good ideas.
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post #7 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 10:14 PM
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Do I have a runt?

Hm. I'm thinking our male Dozer was just slightly heavier than that at her age. Maybe 40-42 lbs and he is now a solid 46 at 2.5 years old. He didn't stop growing until about two years old. So she still has time. My female is the same weight as you girl but only nine months old. I expect her to end up in the low 40s. I think the size is perfect. She may not be as "hardy" but our girl can really whip and weave off leash probably bec of her size. And it makes a much better size for my lap since they insist on laying there!
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Re: Do I have a runt?

She is what she is. Hopefully that is a loved and needed member of your family, regardless of size. I have one small one, one massive one and one in the middle. The smallest is the hardiest of the three. She will run till she drops...........

Unless you intended to show her for conformation, size shouldn't really matter.

I would imagine your sub-standard remark is probably better worded as "not breed standard" rather than substandard............

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Re: Do I have a runt?

Is she spayed? I've noticed that the intact females are shorter and more compact, but much faster than the spayed females. Our Riley tops the scales at 40lbs on a good day at 16 months old and she is faster than most Vizslas I know. I had her on TOTW but switched her to Canidae Pure Sea a few months ago and she has definitely bulked up. The higher protein/fat content (40%/20%) has made a huge difference for her.

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post #10 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:00 PM
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Re: Do I have a runt?

Maybe you could post a picture? If your vet agrees that she is underweight, perhaps you do need to adjust her diet or coax her to eat more.

Gracie is 18 months and 38 pounds...and we wouldn't have her any other way. I love my pocket rocket! 8)


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