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Boxer Growth

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by courtney323, Jun 21, 2002.

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  1. courtney323

    courtney323 Energetic Moderator<br><img src="/forums/images/mo

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    Hi guys, I have a quick question: When will my Boxer girl quit growing? I have heard 18 months, and I have also heard 24 months....

    Madeline is a little on the small side, weighing in at 47 lbs - I am trying to get her to gain a little weight because you can see her ribs (she's a picky and sporadic eater). But I was wondering if she has any more growing to do (she is 16 months)??

    Also, I feed her Science Diet (mixed with a little water) and she doesn't care for it. I scramble 2 eggs for her every Saturday morning and mix it in with her food (this is by far her favorite day of the week!!). Does anyones dog hate Science Diet, too? Anyone recommend trying a different dry food?

    Thanks!
    Courtney
     
  2. JulieM

    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    I strongly recommend you try a different food and think your girl is quite smart for hating SD ;) (There are lots of threads in the archives on SD and on better foods to feed including the Whole Dog Journal's Top Dry Foods.)

    At 16 months she's probably got some filling out to do yet - but 47 lbs. is not too small and you should be able to just see the outline of her last 3 ribs. When she'll actually stop growing depends on her line - mine finally stop when they're about 3 years old.
     
  3. Boxer Mommies

    Boxer Mommies Boxer Buddy

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    No Science Diet

    Don't be fooled because you pay the higher price. ScienceDiet is almost as bad as the 'Grocery Store Brands'. You should try Nutro available at Petsmart (no Petco).

    Our baby was a little skinny (4-7mos) and we started feeding him almost double the amount that we give our adult (per nutro package) we also mixed it with a little human food (fruit,veggies,meat) OR a little wet nutro with hot water.

    This helped alot because he was a picky eater. It is very important to nutrition them in their early years.... it will be more beneficial to them later in life. Make sure you get her to eat properly even if you have to make it more 'tasty' to her.

    You may also want to get her a good multi-vitamin.

    Good Luck.

    :D
     
  4. JWilkins

    JWilkins Boxer Booster

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    small is okay

    Don't worry too much about Madison's weight - as long as she is eating and the vet has approved of her weight. Our Bailey has always been a picky eater. She is only 45 lbs but she is very muscular and healthy. We were always worried that her ribs showed too much, however at 18 months she is starting to fill out a little more. If you have questions on weight and food, keep searching this website and ask your vet questions. Best of luck...I know it can be frustrating to see her be so picky!:rolleyes:
     
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    rdldbb Boxer Buddy

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    I wouldn't be worried about your pooches weight either. Our Auggie is 15 mos. as well and he weighs in at 52 lbs. He is not really a picky eater, but very sporadic and doesn't usually eat all of his food at one sitting. We feed him Iams large breed and he seems to like it rather well. Auggie's ribs show but he too is rather muscular. The vet says he is perfect for his body.
     
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