SpikeSAline always hungry but bony!

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SpikeSAline always hungry but bony!

Post by Snellis » 23 Sep 2009, 17:50

Spike is 13 weeks now and has put on 3kg since we had him at 9 weeks. This seems an awful lot! Never seen a dog polish off food so fast in my life. Always hungry (or greedy!!) and he is very skinny - ribs and bottom v thin. Someone in street commented and I felt like a bad mum!!!! :(
any thoughts on recommended weights for doods?
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Post by Snellis » 23 Sep 2009, 17:51

Oh he's 9kg now
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Post by LynneL » 23 Sep 2009, 17:56

That weight sounds quite similar to Lulu who's a f1b (medium). Thing is we don't get comments as she looks quite big with all her fur but underneath she is like a skinny black rat. :lol: :lol: And I know her weight is similar to the other Snuggles puppies so assume all is ok.

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Post by ebug99 » 23 Sep 2009, 18:34

LynneL wrote:That weight sounds quite similar to Lulu who's a f1b (medium). Thing is we don't get comments as she looks quite big with all her fur but underneath she is like a skinny black rat. :lol: :lol: And I know her weight is similar to the other Snuggles puppies so assume all is ok.

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Bless her ! - she's poodly like Teddy, when he's wet I could swear there's some whippet in there !!
I don't think you need to worry too much about Spike, as long as he's up to date with worming, it probably just means he's a growing lad with a labrador appetite.

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Post by julies0708 » 23 Sep 2009, 18:50

Snellis wrote:Spike is 13 weeks now and has put on 3kg since we had him at 9 weeks. This seems an awful lot! Never seen a dog polish off food so fast in my life. Always hungry (or greedy!!) and he is very skinny - ribs and bottom v thin. Someone in street commented and I felt like a bad mum!!!! :(
any thoughts on recommended weights for doods?
Thank you
Kate
hi Kate is Spike restless especially in evenings after food
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Post by Snellis » 23 Sep 2009, 19:25

He quite often has a mad 10 mins after every meal but then flops and sleeps
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Post by julies0708 » 23 Sep 2009, 19:48

does he pace around in circles & try to get into corners or press his head against things or is his tummy arched upwards??
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Post by amber » 23 Sep 2009, 22:06

Hes a growing boy and that is why he is so hungry.
Keep him on 4 meals a day and give him one last thing at night, about 30 mins before your bedtime.
If you think he is still hungry add a little more to each serving.
If it doesnt work out for the better, then just take a step back again.
I'm sure he's fine :D

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Post by Bid » 23 Sep 2009, 22:26

He sounds OK to me , but I'll ask the obvious question - is his worming up to schedule?

When I got Poppy I was anal enough to keep a record of her weight - she has always been small, but as a guideline this was how she went (some of the early ones may be a bit wrong as I had to convert them :oops: ) ..

Age in weeks Weight in kg
Birth 0.2
1 0.6
2 0.9
3 1.2
4 1.6
5 2.2
6 2.7
7 3.2
8 3.8
9 5
10 6
11 6.5
12 7
13 8.5
14 9
15 9
16 9
17 10
18 11
19 12
20 12.5
21 12.6
22 `13
23 13.5
24 14
25 15
26 16
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Post by kiwi&dood » 24 Sep 2009, 17:37

Your Spike looks like our Dylan and Dylan is just the same with his food - blink and you miss him eat it and he would eat more. I give about 150g per meal, 3 meals a day and this adds up to the instructions on the food bag. Dylan's ribs can be seen and he goes in at the waist. I reckon Spike is just fine, I think you can see the Lab in him which probably accounts for his appetite!
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Post by Snellis » 24 Sep 2009, 18:43

Only giving spike 60g per meal three times a day - as that's what it says on the packet for his weight...hmmm.

Thanks for weight chart that was really reassuring! Spike at 9kg at 13 weeks seems right accoring to yr chart!
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Post by Bid » 24 Sep 2009, 19:00

Don't forget though, that Poppy is a small standard doodle, and a girl (obviously! :lol: ), so although Spike doesn't sound dreadfully small, it might be that he could carry a little more weight without it being too much. My chart does show that his weight gain isn't extraordinary though.

Remember too, that the amounts on the food bags are a guideline only - some dogs will be big and need more, and some will be small and need less - you could try him with a little more, but cut it back again if it upsets his tum.
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