Hi everyone, I have done it once again only this time instead of fostering we just adopted a lil, I was told a pure bred, toy poodle from the local high kill shelter. She is 1 yr old, her birthday was in April, pure white with apricot ears, and really really tiny. She has really gotten close to my daughter already, they have become the best of friends. but she is so very skinny. I am not sure how to fatten her up. My vet said to change her diet and gave me some food to try her on but she doesn't want to eat it at all. She wants table food, so we are trying to break her from that. How much should a 1 yr old toy poodle weigh? She weighs just under 3 pounds and looks like a little bitty thing compared to our Cookie, our english bully girl. Cali has been spayed and is current on her shots and is a hyper and very active lil dog, she is just skinny though and doesn't look very healthy. Do anyone know if there is anything I can add to her food to make her eat it better or to help put some wieght on her? I know they aren't supposed to be very big but surely she is supposed to be bigger then 2.76 pounds. When I hear that kind of wieght, it makes me think of a chihuahua, not a toy poodle. Thanks everyone.
I will try anything, just to get her healthy. She has the sweetest disposition and we just love her in our home already. I am just not used to a dog that has been so mistreated and not fed properly, lol my english bulldog is quite the chunky lil thing, lol 22.5 lbs at 4 months, and to see this lil girl so skinny and frail just doesn't look right. I have strated her on vitamins, the vet gave me some, can't remember what kind they are though. But if those other ones will stimulate her appitie, then it woule be totally worth it. LOL, my li girl found a way to get her to eat some, she sat with her by the food dish and everytime Cali begged for human food, Katie gave her a piece of dog food, so at least she is eating for Katie. Thanks All
This is a good website that explains how to feed and care for an emaciated/starved, or just underweight dog. The first part is mainly about feeding a dog that has been starved, but towards the bottom it talks about underweight dogs. I hope this isn't considered website promotion. It's just that the information was too long to type and it's pretty helpful :)
Thanks all, she is a great little dog. And oh so lovable. I was really lucky getting her when I did cus her days were numbered. They said no one wanted her because she had something wrong with her liver. Well, when i took her to my vet, he said nothing was wrong with her liver except that she had just been starved for too long, :( How sad, she weighs a whole whomping 3.76 pounds which, to me, is extermely skinny. She really loves my little girl and loves to be hand fed by her. She is eating slowly but I really want to get a little weight on her so nothing does go wrong with her organs. My vet told me that prolonged starvation can cause long term health issues for her and that she is too young to deal with this kind of issues just yet. I want to thank everyone for their suggestions as i am heading to the store right now to get some stuff for her. I just want to make sure that this angel is a rescue and not a failure like my last one that passed away. thanks all.
I went and bought some canned dog food and mixed it with her dry food. So far she just inhales it. She is finding out how much fun it is to have her own little girl to love and play with as her and Katlyn are inseperable already. She is such a sweety and easy going. She has already discovered the joys of sleeping in a bed under warm covers, lol as she will not stay out of Kate's bed. The worse part of all this is she is just so skinny and under weight. I know she whould weigh more than 3.76 pounds and I would like to see her get up to the size of a normal toy poodle, which I am not to certain, lol any help there guys? I have found out that her previous owner dumped her there in the pound because she supposedly had a liver disorder. But my vet has told me that the disorder was just caused from starvation which he also said is highly reversible. I also found out from the girl that i was talking to that she is a pure breed toy poodle that is registered and came from a breeder up in Iowa. So I contacted the breeder and told him who I was and about the little girl. The doggies mom only weighed like 4 pounds and the dad was like 5 pounds so would that explain why she is so small? I haven't really ever dealt with a starved dog before and thankyou for the website, it really did explain a lot to me that reassured me of the treatment that my vet has prescribed. So any other advise is most graciously welcomed as I am new at dealing with an emaciated dog. Thanks all you are all great.
Bil-Jac sells a raw meat food that helps to pack on some weight. I don't know what grocery stores you have where you live, but in my area, Kroger and Publix both sell Bil-Jac (the frozen is NOT the same as the kibble) in the frozen food area next to the bagged ice. They may sell it at petsmart , too, in a small freezer, though I am not for sure on that.
It comes in 2 pound and 5 pound bags. It's not very economical for me, as my dogs are 40 and 60 pounds, but might not be so expensive for a little one as yours.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 5/12/2005 10:14:46 PM*** Reason: asdf
Ok here is Cali's dogster page so now everyone can see just how cute she is and how bad of a picture taker mom is lol. Isn't she just a doll baby. I think in the second picture you can see just how skinny she looks. Thanks everyone for the replies.
The main stores I have around here without having to travel like 100 miles or more lol is Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or JCPenneys, I am not sure if any of these stores would carry the things you are suggesting, but if not I am going to make a trip down to Springfield in about 2 weeks and go to Petco there, lol then I can take both my girls into the store with me and not have to leave them at home, especially since my bully is so spoiled that she thinks she needs to go everywhere reguardless of where we are going.
I also have a toy poodle he is so picky when it comes to eating that it scares me, he hasnt put on too much weight since I have brought him home about a month ago. I was feeding him puppy chow because the lady I got him from told me thats the diet he was on, she told me he loved to eat that because thats what the big dogs ate (have no idea why her full grown dogs were eating puppy chow but whatever). Anyway when I got him home I kept trying to feed him the puppy chow but he wouldnt eat it. Finally a friend suggested to get Kibbles and Bits that was the only food her dog would eat so I tried it and he loves it. I don't know how good this is for him though. I would think he should be eating something made for puppies, but the important thing is now he is eating.
Congrats on the new member, I looked at the dogster page and she is a doll!! I hope things get better.
Thankyou all for the complements on her, she is such a dollbaby, lol. I have found a way to get her to eat although it means I have to put more food down for my bully. Cali really likes being around Cookie and even at meal time she wants to be close to her, I think she enjoys the company of another dog around. Anyways, Cookie will go in and eat, lol her favorite is her dog food mixed with yogurt and cottage cheese, can't tell she is a bit spoiled ;), and Cali has also taken a liking to this as well, the biggest thing is Cookie is still on puppy food as she is only 4 months old. Do anyone know if this will affect Cali, I mean feeding her puppy food? I feed Cookie Purina One Puppy Chow, only puppy food next to Iams that doesn't give her a major gas issue. Cookie has an allergy to soy meal so that food selection is pretty slim. But it has gotten so cute, I got home from work today and my husband told me to come into the bedroom. When I walked in there both of my girls were laying on Cookie's egg crate matress sound asleep and Cookie had one of her paws flung over Cali. It was a kodak moment lol. I need to get my stupid scanner going so you can also see pics of my Cookie too, lol. Well but anywas, I'm not sure if this well help Cali put on the weight but she is eating a lil better with the help of my puppy. Thanks for the advise everyone and I truly appreciate it all. thanks
You know, if you find something that works well in town, you can always order it online so that you can keep stocked up without having to drive so far. I know someone who uses petshed.com to buy pet things online.
Wow- she is simply adorable! I have SUCH a thing for poodles- I hate the bad rap they get for being "frou-frou" dogs. They're so smart (okay- the toys are a little bit ditzy :)- and so lovemelovemeloveme!
I'm so glad you were able to open up your home and heart again after your previous tragic experience. Good luck getting a little more weight on her. :)
I could never turn my back on a rescue dog, even after the death of baby and her puppies. That just made me even madder at these people that are irresponsible with breeding and such and has made me push my friends and everyone around me harder to rescue animals from the pound. My daughter has wanted a poodle for so long now and I just happened to find this one at the pound. And once we met her and I saw her personality, I couldn't say no, especially with the connection that her and my daughter made right off the bat. Cali is such a doll, she opens up more and more each day. Today when I got home from work my hubby said she had been wrestling with him and the kids and Cookie all day long, long. And then when I took my shoes off she grabbed the laces and tried to take my shoe, lmao only problem was though is my shoe is bigger than she is. I never thought of the order online thing, even though I get my bully's heartworm pills on here. I will check into that as well. Right now, I am flustered on what to do, I don't know if I should try changig her food or just let her eat the same as Cookie. She is filling out more now and doesn't look so pathetic but will it hurt her to eat puppy food, Cookie is on Purina One Puppy Chow? Can she eat that even though she is a year old? I was always told that at 1 you put them on adult food. Just curious. Cali is so sweet, and is doing wonderful on housebreaking. I'm new to the toy poodles but I have had a mini before. But Cali seems so much more energetic than my Muffin was lol. I have to take both girls to the dogter next week so i will find out then if Cali is gaining or losing or holding steady. And it has really helped Cookie out too, she has discovered the joys of having a puppy friend around and her and Cali love playing and cuddling and sleeping together except for the fact that Cookie at 4months already makes at least 20 of Cali, lol. But they still enjoy the company. Thanks for the help all I really appreciate it.