I was wondering if anyone had any experience with skinny mastiffs or skinny dogs of any breed. I have read some of the postings about thin dogs, but was just wondering if anyone had anything else to add.
I got my mastiff puppy about 3 weeks ago, she is 11 weeks old now. When I got her she had a nice belly and was stocky-the way mastiffs should be, but since I took her home she has thinned out and seems too skinny to me! Most of the time I can feel her ribs and just about see them, and her back end is extrememely thin. Some people say how skinny she is and some people say she should be thin to keep her hips and joints well. She is very active and eats when her food is first put in her bowl, then she walks away and comes back a half hour later.
Are there any suggestions about how to make her gain weight? I am feeding her 1 cup of dry mixed with wet in the morning and at night, and during the day she gets dry food. I am also trying cottage cheese right now. How else can I get her to gain weight so she is a stocky dog? I don't want her fat, I just want her to look like her breed should.
Thanks for any help.
***Edited By: ascapin on 6/5/2006 8:41:13 PM*** Reason: spelling error
Mastiffs and other large to giant breed dogs tend to have a really really ugly phase from like 3 to 8 months. Their legs are going every which way, their bodies are growing at different rates, their legs are too long, bodies too short, etc etc... Just be glad he's got short hair, you should see an akita fall apart physically at that age after being so cute as a puppy ;)
It sounds like your dog may be hitting the 'puppy uglies'. If you are feeding your dog adequate amounts she's probably just right. If she's cleaning the bowl every single time and begs for more, increase her food intake by like 1/2 a cup for a few weeks and see if that makes a difference. If she's leaving food in the dish but is eating as much as she wants, well there's recipes for 'fattening' dogs up but I'd be very careful about that cause its easier to put weight on than it is to take it off :P
Our Bullmastiff is also 11 weeks old and he weighs 23.5 pounds. He has a chubby tummy, which as far as I am concerned is fine for a puppy. Did you weigh him on your scale at home, because sometimes those home scales can be quite off. I would think 22 pounds would be ok, because our pup is nowhere's near skinny. Has he been on a worming schedule? I don't mean just wormed 1 time. He should also be eating a premium large breed puppy food. My vet said that if you don't feed a large breed puppy the large breed puppy food, then regular adult maintenance is the next best thing. Definately not regular puppy food. Our puppy eats 1.5 cups in the am, 1 cup in afternoon, and 1.5 cups in the evening. That's a total of 4 cups a day. How are his stools?
Minniyar, thanks for teaching me about the puppy uglies. Maybe that's what she is going through, she is long and skinny and clumsy. Do you happen to know any of those recipes? Moderator
Irish..., I thinks it's fine to have a chubby belly too on a mastiff. She was last weighed on the vet scale and weighed 22 pounds. Your dog only weighs 1.5 pounds more, it doens't sound like much of a difference. She has only gotten 1 worm medicine, how often should she get treated? She is eating Nutro Natural large breed puppy food, which I was told was really good. It sounds like your puppy eats about a cup more food each day than mine does. She leaves leftovers in her plates and goes back and nibbles later. And her stools are very solid. So the vet that is normal and healthy.
I agree... have your pup checked for worms but you also have to be aware that a large dog like that is growing so fast & the pup may take a while to fill out properly. Just monitor how much you are feeding your pup & if you think you need to, increase the pup's food & see how that works.
Good luck & welcome to the forum... do you have any pic's? We would love to see your baby.
With worming schedule, I mean do you know if the breeder regularly wormed the puppies? If not, then if using pyrantel pamoate he would need a second dose 7 to 10 days after the first. With panacur he would need a dose 1 time daily for 3 days in a row. I don't know for other wormers. Here are a few pics of mine so you can see how he looks at his weight:
if anyone dares mentions spaghetti-o's i am going to bop you ;) lol. ------------------------------------ *covers head* lol, thats the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread scout, how did you know?
Your first worry is parasites. Once she is cleared for all of them, just let her grow. She is not going to be a fully fleshed full bodied dog for about 2 years. You need not worry about filling her with extra calories and a layer of fat. Dogs, even large breeds like mastiffs should be sleek with low body fat.
When we have large dogs, there is often an urge to make them fit the mental image we have of them being big. Understand that many large dogs are overweight. It may look impressive and seem right, but its often very bad for the dog.
As long as a puppy is parasite free and eatting well, a learn body is a normal and healthy thing. She will fill out eventually. People may say "oh my shes skinny" but most won't also conciously understand that shes a baby puppy. They will assume shes an adult for her size and that won't be helpful.
silkypup --- Thank you! I have 3 large dog beds and 4 small ones thoughout the living room, dining room, and kithchen area but as you can see Sumo (as in a sumo wrestler-hubby's doings!) insists on sleeping with the doxies in the smaller beds! The two doxies are young too, the three like to hang together!
Thank you everyone for your helpdul responses. Does anyone know of any proven recipes that help dogs gain weight? I am trying cottage cheese. I've also heard of scrambled eggs. Any ideas that really work!!
As soon as I figure out how to attach a picture of her I will. :)