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Tiny male boxer needs more food? weight problem?

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by nadialilb, Jul 11, 2014.

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  1. nadialilb

    nadialilb Boxer Buddy

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    So finally after a year we have found a good dog food for our one year old boxer!!! no allergies and stool is hard :) . But now we have a 5 month old boxer who is only 25 pounds! Everyone tells us he is skinny!!!! he is a lot skinnier then what our other boxer was at his exact age!. Our 1 year old boxer was not near as skinny as our little one is at the moment. Anyone able to tell us how to put some weight on him! They are both eating acana duck and pear!!! both seem to do good on it so im wondering if we can up his food!. He is eating one cup in the morning and one cup at night! He does look ribby as hell and he has a skinny waist!!!!! vet says he is fine! but kinda wondering what we can feed him to spunk up his weight!!! any suggestions? Keep his food the same? Btw our lil 5 month old boxer parents were big his dad was 92 pounds and mom was 65! both show dogs. He was the biggest in the litter so i kinda confused why so tiny!!! No worms or anything vet says he is fine
     
  2. Jinnytee

    Jinnytee Super Boxer

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    I am not familiar with Acana food, but 2 cups a day seems too little to me. I think I fed my girl 3 1/2 cups a day of Earthborn when she was that age. I would increase his food, especially if you say that your boy is too skinny. Would you be able to add a midday meal and give him an extra cup then ?
     
  3. sjtorr

    sjtorr Boxer Booster

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    I agree with jinnytee. At that age they need a lot of calories. Make sure you are feeding enough and three or more cups sounds closer to what I fed at that age. Is he always asking for food? Always cleaning his bowl? I had some days where I would give an extra cup because she was going through a growth spurt and just plain needed more calories. Amount of exercise will mean fluctuating food amount too. I had to kennel Lexi for four days and thought I had sent enough food, but because she was constantly running, she lost weight and was super skinny. Now I send extra to kennel
     
  4. Bathel

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    Actually, at 25 lbs and 5 months of age, the 2 cups seems about right for a starting point. AT 400 per cup that's 800 calories per day.

    Now having said that, it's just a starting point and your little pup may need more. Keep in mind that pups at that age tend to be VERY ribby depending on growth spurts. My little girl would look fine for a day or two and then spurt up in height and look like she was skin and bones for a week until she caught back up with weight and would spurt again...

    What I would do is weight him weekly to make sure he is gaining weight. You don't want him to be losing weight. Giving him an extra Half cup should be fine also, but keep in mind you should see just about all his ribs at this point of his life. It wouldn't be uncommon to see the back bone too at this age, but you don't want that too be to pronounced for too long.

    My thoughts are that if your vet says he's fine... he's most likely fine. Just monitor the weight weekly to make sure he's making gains. 25 lbs at 5 months can be just as normal as 40 lbs at 5 months. In fact, my little girl was only 15 -20 lbs at 5 months.

    Here is another thought... being that his parents were so big... it may be that he's going through some large growth spurts in size and that he weight is just slow to catch up. The half a cup increase of food may be enough to help him fill out better. Just keep in mind that most boxer that I see are WAY over weight. It seems to be the most common thing to do to this beautiful breed. Do a google search of boxer show dogs and take a look at the ribs and body shape... keep that in mind when people are telling you that your little pup is under feed. When people tell me that, I just respond that we do our best to keep her at a good weight... ;) BTW, our vet is a Boxer lover and specialist... she has never had any issues with our girls weight.

    If you have a picture, I'd love to see it...
     
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  5. Bathel

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    To add to the above, I wouldn't be concerned with going up to 1200 Kcals per day depending on the size of your pup, but I would start out with just an additional 1/2 per day and see how that goes for a bit than move up to 3 cups if the 2 1/2 cups doesn't cut it.
     
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  7. nadialilb

    nadialilb Boxer Buddy

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    Thanks for the info! ya we been off this site for a couple weeks now been busy but our little guy went for a check up and he was a little too thin they said they are noticing now he is not growing to where they would like his weight to be. His spine and hip bones are stuck out and so forth. We tried feeding him more food but it just made him poo a lot and turned it into runny ones. Sorry for the info. We been trying to add all types of grub into him but can never gain much. Were thinking of going to raw but were not sure on how that would work on him yet. He eats a lot for his age and he does play all dog with our other boxer too so. But after doing tests and blood work they cant find anything coming back wrong with him. Hmmmm so confused.
     
  8. TwoDogs

    TwoDogs Boxer Insane

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    Don't feed larger helpings, add another feeding. Sometimes too much food at one sitting can cause diarrhea.
     
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