This little three month old puppy weighs one lb. 6 ounces, her second owner gave her away and those people starved her, they got her back but did not want her. We heard about her and adopted her. We were told she was a Rat Terrier which our Vet disagreed with thus the name Whatever. http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrowse.asp?folder_id=1168380 She has long hair, docked tail and still has dew claws. She also has a skin condition which has caused the hair on her legs to fall out. We have medicated shampoo for her. Now my questions, how much should I feed her? It seems if I feed her too much she gets constipation. She has a special sleeping area with a soft blanket but every so often goes into my husband's slipper. She sleeps quite a bit, very aloof to her surroundings and is timid. Some of this I attribute to her past experiences. She is finally starting to come to me if I sit on the floor and call her. We have many critters on the farm plus a Great Pyr, Guard Dog, Aussie for herding our sheep and goats. Dogs have come from shelters and are in great health, but this little one just scares me that I will do something wrong and she will get very weak and die. Our Vet is wonderful, two months ago he saved our Great Pyr who pierced his vein and nearly bled to death, but he is not that familiar with this small of a critter. Sorry for the long post but I want to do what is right for Whatever.
***Edited By: EIEIO on 1/5/2005 7:05:41 PM*** Reason: tried posting again
Your link opens but it says not available or something like that. I couldn't see Whatever. I don't know what to advise you about feeding her. I am surprised she is getting constipated from eating too much. I didn't know that could happen? What kind of food are you feeding her?
I am feeding her Eukanuba puppy food. The Vet said not to moisten it but when I don't moisten it she has a hard time chewing and that is when consipation sets in. When I moisten it she does better, her teeth are so small that you can hardly see them so I figured wetting her food a little would help.
I was potty training her to go outside but all of a sudden our weather is freezing out so I will have to resort to paper which I am afraid will really confuse her. Even though she has had her shots I don't want her to get chilled since she is so tiny.
I think she is a papillion. Looks just like one. Very cute. Being three months she should be eating at least 4 times a day. Try giving her maybe 1/4 approx . Give her 10 minutes to eat. If she finishes and seems to want some more give her more. If she does not eat it all, give her less next time. By 4 months she should start with three meals a day. Try and find out what she was eating before. If you can't, then put her on one kibble, it will take some time for her tummy to adapt to it. Dogs poop should be very firm, not soft. I believe she is a papillion. I know a gal online that has a very small one. I think 4 or 5 lbs. and another that is larger. Just make sure she's eating and stick to the same food.
She is very, very cute. Is the food you are feeding her small enough? I feed Toby Science Diet Puppy SMALL BITES food. They are tiny dry kibbles. He doesn't like it much though. Make sure she doesn't get hypoglycemic. She is sooo tiny.
She looks like a Papillon from the sites but her tail was docked.
My neighbor across the road husband works with the man that did not want her. Where we live we have two neighboors within a three mile radius, lots of coyotes and a few bobcats. My friend knows I have a warm spot for all critters especially unwanted ones and asked me if I wanted her. We went and picked her up on December 24th.
I asked them what they were feeding her and believe it or not they were very evasive. My neighbor asked the husband again what type of a dog she is and he said that she is from some terrier breed.
I just feel bad for her being so tiny, I am used to bigger dogs, in fact, my Great Pyr 1/2Pint weighs about 120 pounds, the Aussie is about 60 lbs and is about seven months old, we got her from an animal shelter. I have an inside Chinese Crested Powderpuff. Two cats inside, two cats outside. All critters have been fixed.
here is a recipe for something she may benefit from if she was starved: it's from the doglogic.com website.
SATIN BALLS This recipe is one for putting weight on an animal quickly, as some use it for putting a couple extra pounds on a show animal prior to the big day, or an animal that may have been ill and needs a weight gain program. It has also been reported that this recipe will help with some forms of hair loss, such as when your dog(s) blow their coat, to keep the coat healthy and shiny. This recipe is entended to be fed raw.
10# hamburger meat 1 jar wheat germ 1 lg box of oatmeal (uncooked) 1 1/4 Cup vegetable oil 10 eggs 10 sm pkgs unflavored gelatin 1 1/4 Cup unflavored molasses A pinch of salt 1 lg box Total cereal (2lb's) (You may also add a pinch of garlic powder to add flavor)
Mix all ingredients together well, much like a meatloaf....put into separate freezer bags and freeze, thawing out as needed. It puts weight on in a very short time, not to mention the gloss in their coat. You can use it every day when they have a show to do and it does not produce diarrhea. It can be fed alone or with kibble.
This recipe was originally received from Dianne Carreon
she looks just like a little papillon. i bet those slippers are really warm for her! here's another recipe from the doglogic.com site:
BETTY LEWIS' SATIN BALLS I don't like the Satin Ball recipe b/c of the sugar- laden Total Cereal. Here's the fat ball recipe that helped put weight on Druid.
1 lb ground beef 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese 1 jar all natural peanut butter 1 jar (smaller of the sizes) wheat germ 1 doz egg yolks 1 cup or so of flaked oats soaked in heavy cream Mix up, form balls, freeze, feed as treats or food supplement.
That's alot of food for that tiny little pup!!!! =) She'll be eating that for the next year. Ha Ha!! Seriously, make sure her sugar level doesn't drop. I will take her. I am used to little dogs. I am in Maryland, where are you?
Sure looks like a Papillon or maybe a pap/rat trrier cross. She's adorable "whatever" she is. She needs to be eating several small meals a day until she gains some weight/strength. I would mix in either boiled chicken & rice or boiled hamburger & rice in her food. When my Crestie puff was at his sickest with IBS and I could not put any weight on him, I started feeding him the boiled HB/rice with his regular food and he fattened up nicely. He stil gets boiled HB/rice to this day (but for his IBS not because he needs to gain weight)
As for her hair falling out, if it's on her butt/hind legs/tail, that is usually a flea bite allergy. My latest foster was turned into a shelter for this exact reason. So sad because he's the sweetest puffer in the world...even though he's a big guy (16" tall & weighs about 22 lbs). I bathed him in Theradyne and then Malaseb 3x a week for 2 weeks and, of course, used Frontline Plus on him. The hair was starting to grow back in that 2 week period. I then shaved him down like a hairless kid so he didn't look like had mange. His coat is coming in beautifully now, although the areas where he had chewed out all the hair is coming in a different color.
My Vet gave me a bottle of ChlorhexiDerm to shampoo her in. I have Frontline spray but was afraid to use it on her because of her size. He did do scrapings of her skin to make sure she didn't have mange or another type of infection.
I am going to try the boiled rice and chicken in her meal.
We live in the outskirts of Branch, Arkansas (pop 357). Retired here three years ago from Houston, Texas. Trying to live off the land as much as possible. Raise our meat and have an acre garden of veggies and salad fixings, I freeze and can the veggies for the winter. Finding out a fixed income is really a fixed imcome.
I really appreciate all the help you have given me, I feel just like I did when I brought my first baby home, completely helpless.
Papillion or long hair chihuahua.. Definately not a Rat Terrier! The docked tail was not a force of nature..
She needs experienced care! So get all the professional advice you can. There are dog nutritionists out there, vets do not know alot about nutrition. TRUST ME, they just want to force a dog brand on you like Eukanuba or Science Diet.
I feed homemade or raw human grade diets with a poultry base for my chi. I took her off the diet and she suffered increased anxiety due to lack of nutrients along with much needed amino acids in order maintain sanity and her weight.
Nutri-cal a few times a day is what i gave my very small 14 oz chi when I got her at 10 weeks. It is a fatty supplement that will help her from low sugar that can cause hypo glycemea