4 months and 25 lbs

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I need help. I have a 4 mo old dobe. He only weighs 25 lbs. he eats victor food twice a day. He was underweight when he was little because he had giardia. What are you guys feeding your babies? What can I use to bulk him up? 

Can you post some pictures? 25 pounds sounds very underweight, but pictures would help to verify that.

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I think he looks good! I'm keeping my puppy a little trim because the weight is not good for them. I think my 4 month old was about the same weight he is now 21 weeks and I bet he is not that much more than your boy.

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He looks great :) our vet said that you want to see "riblets" but not a "strong pronounced rib cage" 

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At 4 months old my boy was around 40 pounds. You should be feed a 4 month old 3 times a day at least they need more cuz they are growing. 

 

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you did ask what we feed our dogs and I don't know that anyone is answering that. I feed Ari Sojo's it is a freeze dried dehydrated raw diet that you add water to. We also feed him Canidae dry dog food and vegatables like raw carrots, celery and fruits whatever else we find on sale at the store. You want to make sure you don't feed grapes or raisins since it is pretty much accepted by all to be toxic. We used to feed higher quality grocery dog food but I have concluded that I don't believe that such a thing exists. Our last 2 dogs both died of disease one from cancer and the other from liver disease. I think it is to much about the money and they cut corners by adding more and more grain. So we just buy what we think is good for our boy and don't look at the bill, it is what it is.

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We have always feed purina for Lex and he does amazing on it.  With bane he is on blue buffalo wilderness. It's grain free and bane loves it! Downfall is he has very stinky poo. 

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I feed a raw diet 

I live in SE Pennsylvania and feed a locally made grain free kibble - Annamaet Aqualuk. It is available elsewhere but mostly in small high end feed stores.  I also feed partly fresh food. In the morning, everyone gets a large spoonful of plain yogurt, some fresh fruit (banana, blueberries, strawberries as an example) and I have one that eats a lot of eggs due to liver disease... they all get a little egg in the am... one gets more. In the evening, they get some cottage cheese, vegetables, and coconut oil added ... and one gets eggs. 

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Fitzmar:

do you give the egg raw? what does the egg do for the liver disease?

Samrii - the eggs are soft cooked in the microwave. I give eggs/yogurt or cottage cheese/fruit & vegetables as a high protein substitute for prescription food for liver disease. After Jezebel's diagnosis of Copper storage disease, I put her on a Liver RX diet from my vet, but really disliked the quality of it and the price.  The Annamaet Aqualuk is about as low as you can get in copper without going to a prescription diet. So I give her 1/2 the kibble and 1/2 fresh foods. She also gets Denemarin supplements. Her liver disease was caught at a very young age from a baseline bloodwork up I do at age 2 - so she has never had any symptoms, and I'm trying to keep it that way.  She is due for bloodwork to check her levels this summer, so we shall see if my diet is working or not. 

I've always supplemented kibble, but now I am more religious with it and all dogs get fresh food..... just not as much as Jezebel. 

You can also feed eggs hard boiled - with or without the shell. I'm ok with feeding the yellow raw, but not the white. 

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Fitzmar - thanks for the other food ideas! "Hard boiled eggs with or without the shell"? Do they have a hard time with the shell? I've never thought of giving the dog the shell. It definetly would make giving eggs easier if I didn't have to shell them, thus more likely that he would get them. 

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So i am debating between foods for Duke either Barking at the moon or merrick backcountry. Has anyone tried these or have had issues?

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Never heard of Barking at the Moon.. Love the name though.

Feeding is one of the biggest questions with the most responses ( next only to " How can I stop him/her from biting..??)

Most of us have our own opinions.. I have two special needs "furls"... so we home cook too.Varieties of protein, orgn meats, veggies and supplements... As little sodium as we can manage for Sofia which has kept her DCM manageable without meds for three years. (phew)

Rule of thumb and something for you to consider is

Feed the highest quality you can afford and one that agrees with your dog.

Grain free seems to top the list of preferred kibble.. You can go to DogFoodAdviser.com for some sensible and unbiased opinions... what ever you decide on...please transition slowly.. ( up to ten days)

Smooches to the Pooches..