Does my pup need to gain more weight ?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The sway is in her hips, which is normal for most dogs.  I would get her thyroid checked though.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

She looks fine to me. Dachsuns should be kind of slim I think. It helps with the back problems they tend to have. A when you pass your hands over her, can you REALLY feel her bones? Like her spine, ribs and pelvic/hip bones? If they are really noticeable (which in the pics they don’t seem noticeable but her coloring might hide it) then she might be too thin. But to me she looks fine. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

if you google “dog weight chart” there are a bunch of charts that come up in images that are helpful! My vet has this posted, and it’s helpful if you’re unsure! She looks okay to me though! adorable pup!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You should see a defined waist on your pooch, so your girl looks just fine. The K9 breeder who blends our raw food likes her dogs a little leaner than I do since they’re working dogs, but you should be able to feel the ribs and see a waist if applicable 🙂 You don’t want them to feel boney or stick out, but there shouldn’t be a thick layer of fat over them either. 

Our girl recently put on some weight when I switched from dried duck breast to turkey hot dogs for her training treats and our Agility instructor promptly got on my case lol. Too much weight isn’t good for their joints and you have to especially watch long backed breeds.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

She looks perfect!  So many dogs are obese these days a lot of people think healthy weight dogs are too skinny.  As PPs mentioned, being slim is better for her back and all her other joints.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@isabelle_86:  Sweet puppy. Very cute! I’d ask your vet to be sure, not uninformed opinions online 😛 Though everyone is an expert on the interwebz.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@isabelle_86:  aw I love me a weenie! She looks healthy to me- keep in mind that MANY if not most of the doxies you’re probably used to seeing are overweight- they have a tendancy to pack on the pounds and don’t exercise much.  My Pimm is a bit bigger than her in stature but she is 14 lbs and looks very similar proportionally, and my vet says shes the perfect weight.  Female doxies are often smaller boned as well- she looks healthy to me!

 

Also, if she is under 11lbs she is a mini and she looks like a piebald black and tan dapple (based on her coloring) and she is a shorthair (in contrast, my Pimm is a black and tan dapple longhair and is JUST at the bottom end of a standard size at 14lbs on the nose.)

Of course i have to post a pic now 😉 With her brother Bruno who looks bigger than her but is actually only about 8lbs.

 

 

OP if you have any questions about doxies let me know- we’ve got 4 of them in our family and they have very unique personalities and habits! Welcome to the crew!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Awww, she’s cute!  Honestly, she sounds exactly like my Whiskey.  Whiskey is a rescue, and I adopted him later in life (8-9 years old), and he is a mini dachshund.  Now, when I got him he was obviously skinny from not eating at the shelter, their food made his stomach upset.  After a month or so, he has gained enough to not see his ribs and fill out, but he’s never really gained much more? 

Tried switching foods every few months or so to find something better, and we finally landed on a wet dog food that comes in a tube (they sell it at Target), and he eats really well.  But of course, still hasn’t gained any weight!!  I chalk it up to his good genes, I guess.  He’s been tested, no thyroid or health issues, he just is a naturally skinny little guy.  Just think about those girls who say they eat all day long and never gain weight 🙂

This is my first picture of him brought home, too skinny!!

 

This is him now:

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

For comparison, this is my other mini doxie, who can never keep the weight off.  She walks, and exercises and gets fed less and has healthy treats only, and she’s always still a little chubby, her whole life.  The vet always wants her to lose a little weight. She’s about 12-12.5 lbs, Whiskey is 10, almost 11.  That one extra pound is a lot when you’re that small.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

If you can see a waist and feel her ribs semi easily, that generally means she’s healthy. If her bones/ribs/spine are visible without touching them, she needs to gain some weight. I think she looks perfectly healthy.

My mom is always on me that I don’t feed my dog enough but I’ve done research and looked up how many cals my pup is supposed to have and everything like that so I’M the one that is knowledgeable not my mom lol I can feel my pups ribs but not see them

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