I have a shep/weimaraner mix that wont keep any "fatty" weight on her at all. Shes been thru one heartworm test 2yrs ago and has been tested severl times since with the results being negative. She does fret herself over things such as the cats, birds and pet rats. Also, every night she looses an entire dustpan of hair! I thought it could be her flea allergy (shes on flea control tho) but hair isnt missing out of one particular place. One person told me that it could be hyper thyroidism? Any opinions or just ideas as to how to keep some weight on her? Fyi: all my dogs are free-fed.
You don't say if she eats normally. From my experience some dogs just stay skinny, just like some people. Some sheps and weims are "built for speed". Try a high quality dog food with max fat, that could also help the coat. Have her thyroid activity checked by the vet, I hope that's not the case.
Some dogs are natrually lean, espcally some GSD. As she ages and her metabolisem slows she will pick up weight. My GSD didn't start holind weight till he was well into his third year and evne now he is skinny by normal standards.
I agree with whats been said, some dogs are naturally this way. Especially if the dog is keeping muscle then I wouldn't be worried. If there is a problem or illness and they are truly a skinny dog the muscle would go too. The tissue would break down because the body would need that if it wasn't getting enough nutrients because the dog was ill.
I've had a couple of people ask me why Bosco is so skinny, but I really think he's just made that way. He's very muscular and toned, very active, and eats well, but you can see his ribs. If your doggy seems to be happy and healthy, active, and eating well, I wouldn't worry.
Here's a couple pics of Bosco where you can tell he's lean and where some people have said "why is he so skinny?"
He is fine. I am amazed at the amount of people who want their animals to be fat and feel that fat puggy overweight animals are the way to go.
When nox was a puppy I had a lady in petsmart tell me that he was a collie mix. Nox is 100% GSD. She also said that he was MUCH to skinny, puppies need to be fat, and I needed to feed him Six times a day.
my 2 year old boxer looks like she has never eats, BUT put her on the scales and she weights 50 lbs- SOLID MUSCLE!!!!!! she RUNS always, she eats enough for a horse but she is "skinny" she is healthy and the vet says it is okay so i don't worry- she has "high metabolism"