I have a 4 month old boxer that looks like she never eats.. She eats on a regular basis. At times she is very active and playful, but at other times she just lays around and sleeps. It has been very hot lately so we thought that might be the problem so we have been keeping her in the house, but that don't seem to be working either. We also have wormed her.. We thought that may of been the problem, but that hasn't seemed to work either.. When she eats she eats like she hasn't eaten for days like shes starving.. You can see her ribs and everything.. I wanted to post a picture of her, but didn't know how to do so.. Any information or advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated..
Thank you for your time... And if possible could someone tell me how to post her picture so you can see what I am talking about.. Thanks again...
It could be several things causing the problem. She could have an allergy or intolerance to the food you are giving her. It could be an intestinal blockage, tumor, or absorption problem. Definitely take the dog to a vet before it gets any worse. They do decrease their intake of food when it is hot but usually their activity level also decreases so it doesn't result in a very skinny dog.
Then consider feeding your dog Satin Balls... wierd name, but very good at keeping weight on a dog. Or mix her puppy chow with a little bit of "performance" dog formula food. Then you could evan add a little corn oil, or a weight gain supplement.
Remember, Boxers don't body out untill 2 years old, if not later. And she is better off being thing, less stree on her joints.
When we got our first golden pup he had worms. He'd eat and get really bloated, then poop and be thin again. Wasnt pretty when he was wormed! My female golden was very thin....I always felt she looked too thin and someone told me to buy her a suppliment...which the name escapes me right now! It's in a metalic bag, petco sells it. ? Anyone know what I'm talking about? It's popular stuff. Anyway, we didn't try it, not sure why. She FINALLY put on weight and kept it on after she was spayed.
The MISSING LINK That's the suppliment I was thinking of!
***Edited By: kristen on 8/1/2006 10:46:24 AM*** Reason: remembered
10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind] 1 lg. box of Total cereal 1 lg. box oatmeal 1 jar of wheat germ 1 1/4 cup veg oil 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses 10 raw eggs AND shells 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.
Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.
Thaw as needed and feed raw!
I am going to make some for Alex this afternoon, and see how he does on it. We are having a really hard time with his belly.
First of all I would still take her to the vet. I had a problem with my 2 year old lab. I thought she was too thin and I was feeding her way above the recommended portion size each day. After several vet appointments yielding nothing, I switched her food to a premium brand. I cut her portion size by half and she gained weight. Now she looks healthy. So if there isn't a medical reason causing your puppy to be thin, talk to your vet about her food. Good luck.
***Edited By: Tuckerbug on 8/1/2006 2:06:31 PM*** Reason: Misspelled a word
hi. i have a 3 year old boxer who suffers with terrible allergies which effects his weight dramatically. boxers usually look abit on the skinny side anyway till they get to about 2 1/2 years. its the long scrawny legs that does it! id go the vets just to check everything is ok but i found when my dog was on meat he never seemed to put on weight. i now give him a diet of either rice and chicken or when he needs to put of weight back on after being poorly dry food and a packet on mince mixed together. this helps him bulk up in no time and keeps him hydrated so ends up with a lovely coat aswell. x
Ask your vet to do a full thyroid screen. You are especially interested in the "T4" and the "THS". If the T4 is low (should fluctuate between 2 & 4) and the THS is elevated this would indicate an underactive thyroid.
Dog eats norman but can not put on weight, skin conditions, acne or thinning hair, dog seems a little under active or even a bit depressed, could be thyroid
It is not uncommon at all for a 4 month old boxer to be VERY difficult to pick up and hold weight. They often have a ton of energy and are going through a major growth spurt. It also has to do with the bloodlines and how they mature. Some are skinny as puppies some are REALLY skinny as puppies and a few look like they have had food in the past week.
Think of it as the 'gauky teen phase'.
Not saying that there isn't a thyroid problem because boxers are #3 of all breeds ranked by OFA for thryoid problems, but it generally doesn't come out until they are older.
If your dog has ribs showing and even a hint of hip bone sticking out it is not uncommon.
As a note, I know of show people that breed boxers with known thyroid problems because they feel that it really isn't a lifethreatening illness. Which if you are going to use them for breeding anyway, why test? Any one know?