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Old 08-10-2005, 10:23 PM
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Hannah is a little over 6 months and stands at about 18 and a 1/2 inches tall. She's probably right around 30-35 pounds. I was wondering if maybe she is a midget. Her siblings from her litter are a lot bigger than her. She just seems so fragile and dainty next to her gigantic brothers and sisters. Her one sister is almost 21 inches tall and she's almost 50 pounds! I thought I was feeding her correct (she eats 4 and a 1/2 cups of kibble per day and probably half a can of canned food). Am I starving her and that is why she is not at the size her siblings are? Her siblings (who were kept by the breeder 2 females and 1 male) are fed free choice and have food available to them at all times. Is that why they are growing faster than her? Should I be worried she is so much smaller than the others? Will she catch up with them in size and weight?
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:27 PM
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Holy crap, that's a lot of food for a dog that only weighs 35 pounds tops. Follow the feeding instructions on the bag, you don't want to overfeed a puppy! I think you just ended up with the runt of the litter. Enjoy!
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:53 PM
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That's what she eats I tried feeding her 2 cups (mixed with a quarter can of food) twice a day and she just acted like she was SO hungry that we gave her a little more at each feeding. If anything she seems skinny. You think I'm overfeeding her? I'll cut down her meals some than.
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:59 PM
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That's what she eats I tried feeding her 2 cups (mixed with a quarter can of food) twice a day and she just acted like she was SO hungry that we gave her a little more at each feeding. If anything she seems skinny. You think I'm overfeeding her? I'll cut down her meals some than.
Feed her as much as she will eat twice a day, or maybe 3 times a day. 4 1/2 cups a day is not enough. Try 3 cups plus 1/4 can of food twice or three times a day.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:03 PM
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Ok so feed her more. I just checked the package of food and it's a food made for all ages of dog and I was told to feed her twice as much as an adult would eat so yeah it would have to be more than 4 cups. I just switched her to the food she is on now so I am trying to adjust their meals appropriately.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:30 PM
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oh for goodness sake! Now maybe it didn't say feed twice as much as an adult dog. My husband checked the bag and feeding instructions (not me...sorry) and that is what he said. Well he dumped the bag in our airtight container and took it out to the trash. Now I'll have to check in out tomorrow morning because it's too dark out behind the garage and I may be an adult but it's SCARY behind the garage at night! There's racoon's and spiders and god knows what else.
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Ok so feed her more. I just checked the package of food and it's a food made for all ages of dog and I was told to feed her twice as much as an adult would eat so yeah it would have to be more than 4 cups. I just switched her to the food she is on now so I am trying to adjust their meals appropriately.
Put her on Puppy Chow and the canned meat. That is per Old Dog, lol.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:58 PM
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She gets Eagle Pack now, just the regular formula for all stages of life. We just started them on it fully (this will be their first FULL bag of it without the puppy formula mixed in). She gets chicken soup for the puppy lover's soul mixed in with her kibble. My husband decided he would save money one day when I sent him out to get her new cans of food and came back with ALPO! I almost chucked the cans at his head I was so mad!
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"cups" are an arbitrary measurement. some foods have 280 kcal per cup, others over 600, so that is definitely not a deciding factor to determine how much to feed a dog.

see here:
http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9206

i'd definitely not put any dog on a poor quality food like puppy chow, that stuff is just plain nasty.

if your dog is in good shape and doesn't appear emaciated, i wouldn't worry. in the long term slow, even growth is so much healthier than causing a puppy to develop at the fastest possible potential.

i'll also post this link again for your information, not sure if you saw it in any of the other similar threads.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicl.../dog-diet.html
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