I am a little worried about the weight of my Thor. He doesn't seem to like to eat a lot, even with different types of food. I am a little worried he is underweight and I really want him to develop correctly. He was 13lbs at 13weeks, which just seems a little light to me.. you cant really tell from the pics, but if anyone has feedback on a healthy weight for his age it would be very helpful.
Aww what a sweetie!
I'm not going to be helpful, I have no idea what's normal, but it can be a lot easier to see if they look healthy if you shave their coat. Not sure if you want to or not, but it helps see without all the fluff in the way
Piko & Sawyer <3
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Yea the fluff makes it a little hard to tell, but i love the soft puppy fur and I am not really ready to let that lamb-like coat go yet. He doesn't look small it's more that I can feel his ribs and when he swims (which is very often) he always looks like a drowned rat lol because he is so thin, maybe this pic shows his shape a little better.
Ps. your white poodle is gorgeous! Can you recall the progression of weight gain around 3 months?
I don't think that there is a true 'normal'. My boy is 25" and 47 lbs and the that he is a healthy weight. He is a super picky eater when he eats kibble, but even with good raw, he gains nothing. By boy is active like there is no tomorrow, and has some kind of weird metabolism, but whether he is eating kibble (won't touch it) or raw (eats like a pig) he gains nothing.
"normal' for you spoo- you'll determine it- I'd suggest offering raw meals and see if you spoo eats more and gains, if not- it's metbolism. Think about us humans... how many people do you know who can eat whatever and not gain an ounce?
My spoo puppy was around 15lbs when she was 14 weeks, and she was just slightly underweight. They are all different though, since adult standards can be anywhere upwards of 15" tall (though usually over 20"). Her "correct" weight will depend a lot on her current height, build and possibly projected adult weight. I just monitored my puppies ribs, and felt them often, and adjusted her food accordingly. I could only tell she was underweight because her ribs were really easy to feel, and once you get some padding on them the difference was obvious.
Plus, as long as he is steadily gaining weight, and has plenty of puppy energy, I wouldn't worry too much.
I wonder if there's anything you can do to build more food drive? Do you free feed or lay down meals?
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Abby was 10 lbs at 11 weeks or something like that. She was on the thin side too...it was just hard to get her to gain weight (She was always on the move!). Eventually, after switching her to raw and because of her age too, her body has started maturing and now she has a nice feel to her. It is most noticeable over her ribs and hips. Just give it some time. She is 17 weeks now and 20.5 lbs!!!
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It's normal for puppies to feel 'bony' while they're growing, and there are arguments that growing pups of larger breeds like standard poodles should be fed controlled rations as gaining weight too quickly is believed to contribute to joint problems like hip dysplasia. Poodles also naturally come with a bit of variety in how they are built, so not everyone's dog will weigh the same as yours. I wouldn't worry about it unless your vet comments that Thor is underweight.
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That was my problem, the vet said he was underweight because of his ribs, but he is gaining weight progressively. What do you mean by raw food? I feed him a combination of the purina puppy chow the breeders fed him and an all natural high protein food, he seems to like it better when I mix them. I feed him 3 times a day but sometimes it is hard to get him to eat, like I have to start with hand feeding or lay out a trail of food to his bowl to follow before he will go near his bowl to eat. I don't want him to gain too much too fast, I just worry about the boniness.. His father was 80 lbs full grown and more on the rugged muscular side while his mother was around 65lbs and a little more on the delicate thin looking side, so I figured he would be pretty big when he grows up due to his parents. I started adding a puppy calorie booster to his food for a little more, so we shall see how that works. I also started adding fish oil to his food since he swims in clorine so often (he loves the pool, I can't seem to keep him out when I am swimming lol). He seems to be eating a bit more with the additions to his food. The ribs is what I am worried about. Ps. I just realized I wrote poddle instead of poodle haha my bad guys.