Post # 1
my inlaws ranch in mexico backs into another ranch, where a pitifully skinny dog lives. visible rib cage and everything. i was concerned and asked, and apparently shed just had 9(!) puppies which really took it out of her and shes not normally like that and she will be fine soon. does that seem normal to you guyss?
it doesnt seem right to me, and this dog is haunting me, even though we have now travelled home (4 hrs away)
back home (UK) if i were concerned, id call the RSPCA or something. but rural mexico – i dont think there are any animal protection organizations. eugh, im worried
Post # 3
@newname_99: I don’t know about dogs, but I had a cat that had 5 kittens. She was SO THIN while she was nursing them. It was alarming, but the vet said it was normal. We just gave her more food to compensate while she was nursing. She is now happy and a chubster (she steals food).
Edit: Not to say that this is what is happening with that dog. But, it is possible. If you still feel worried, why not ask your in-laws to put out food for the dog?
Post # 4
I remember the rescue dog I had for a few months had 10 puppies & after she had them she basically went down to her normal slim self (she wasn’t too skinny but wasn’t at all fat). I remember she ate all the time (she was feeding 10 pups so that was expected) but never gained weight, in fact she started to lose weight (she got really sick).
Dogs eat so much more food than normal after having pups, they may need to increase her food intake! I mean, it could be they ARE feeding her as much as she wants… maybe they could do food suppliments too? Or help bottle feed the pups? It does not *always* mean abuse or that the dog isn’t being fed enough. Could be she’s having trouble feeding 9 pups, she could be fine, could be worms, could be a number of things. But I’m no expert here!
Maybe your inlaws can keep their eye on the dog?
Post # 5
@LilacViolet: the other weird things is that the puppies vanished. either she ate them, or the other possibility is that tbe ranch has a real coyote problem and they ate them.but shes not nursing
maybe ill ask them to keep an eye out and give extra food. and ill be back at xmas so will be able to see whats going on then
Post # 6
Are they feeding HER puppy food? Pregnant and nursing dogs/cats need to be fed a high calorie diet (ie puppy food) while pregnant and while nursing.
I would probably also have her dewormed.
If it’s not your dog, theres not a whole lot you can do really.
Post # 7
@mrshollinger: no i know shes not mine, and they wont thank me for interfering. she is not lethargic and seems playful, its just ive neverseen a dog that thin…outside the xmas charity appeal adverts for donatio s. i quite want to steal her, but i know i cant!