hi! as you guys already know, i have a pug/beagle mix. she is 13 weeks old and i am concerned about her not getting enough food to sustain her. i just recently switched her to Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken for all life stages. she looks as though she needs to put on some weight. she's always been very picky ever since we got her, but she looks too skinny to me. She has upped her weight on the scale, but i think this is only because she has gotten bigger in frame. you can see her ribs too much for my liking. i would expect her to be a little more chubbier than she is. anyways, what i was wondering, is there anything else i should be doing besides feeding her dog food only? is there any other supplements i can give her to make sure she is getting enough nutrients in her? should i put her on a solid puppy formulated food instead of an all life stage food like she is currently on? she will be going to the vet here soon when she is 16 weeks for her last puppy shots and i will ask him the same questions. but i would like to know what all of you think. sorry about the novel i just want my pup to thrive, look and feel healthy. any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
Puppies grow in a similar pattern to young children. They gain weight then grow long and get skinny, and repeat. Bony phases are not uncommon and attempting to plump up your puppy can lead to an overweight dog.
I don't belive in puppies being chunky and fat unless they have just finished a growth cycle. Unless your pup is gaunt and failing to thrive, is lathargic and unwilling to play, I would not suppliment the pup more then the dogs kibble.
For my ADULT dog, my vet recommended a tin of sardines (the ones from the supermarket that people eat) in order for him to fill out and put on weight. Just one 45 cent can every 2nd day mixed in with his normal dinner.
After 2 weeks I noticed a huge difference in his coat and weight. Plus, he looked forward to his sardines! I only give them to him from time to time now as I am happy with his weight again.
Perhaps you could ask your vet if your dog is too young for this type of food and if not, what sort of quantity to give.
Also, there is a product called 'Nutrigel' (I think), it's like chocolate syrup for dogs filled with vitamins and minerals. This might help. I've never seen an animal refuse it! Must be pretty tasty! I'm not sure if it may be an appetite stimulant as well...
I believe in vitamins myself. I just don't think they get from kibble alot of times what they need. I have always liked Foster & Smith vitamins and you can order vitamins for puppies. MIne have always been on vitamins or Missing Link. My vet told me to give them one or the other but not both. Missing Link has always helped one of my females hair to be more healthy too. I can tell a difference when she is on it.
okay, thank you guys for the suggestions. your right icy, i don't want her to become an overweight dog by trying to up her weight now. that's what concerned me a little bit. i just thought she looked a little too skinny with ribs showing and all. it just didn't look healthy. i just want to make sure she is getting all the nutrient she can. she is a very active pup and this could be the reason too. she might just be wearing off what she eats too fast for it to sustain her bodily needs. anyways, thank you all again for your suggestions and if anyone else wanted to chime in with anything different, please do.