We adopted a dog (11 months) almost 3 weeks ago and have had her at the vets several times. She checks out healthy but I have noticed that she is loosing weight. We feed her Nutra Natural Choice Puppy and we feed her according to the bags directions. I'm wondering if she is not getting enough food? Should we feed her more often (right now we do 2 times a day)? Could it be the food? I am at a lose about this. The vet said shes fine health wise. Should we be concerned? Any advice?
Has the vet done bloodwork on her? Fecal exam to check for worms? That and food portion would be the first things I would look into. Mind you the 'bags' directions are simply a guide, not a rule. Every dogs metabolism is different just like people. Some dogs need less food to maintain the proper weight, others of the same size/age need more food to maintain the same proper weight. If the fecal and bloodwrok check out normal, consider increasing her portions.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
My boxer was the same way when she was a puppy. There was nothing wrong with her. She was just not getting enogh nutrition. My vet suggested adding some canned food with the dry food to get more essentuals she needs and that did the trick.
with all the recalls I would be extremely careful of adding canned food. Canned food is 70% or so water & most of it is terrible anyway, unless you go to a holistic brand. Here is the Nutro puppy lamb & rice.
Lamb Meal, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Ground Rice, Rice Gluten, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Menhaden Fish Oil (source of DHA), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dried Kelp, Dried Egg Product, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid
An awful lot of rice don't you think? Useless fillers. A lot of salt, menhaden fish, soy is is a known allergen.
The filler items go straight through & decorate your yard. You may find getting her onto a holistic food would resolve her problem.
If she really is losing a lot you should discuss it with your vet. There are several medical conditions that could be causing the weight loss
Tammy...There are so many things to consider in your situation. Was the dog possibly overweight to begin with and now getting back to a healthy weight?..Are you monitoring the intake? If you see your dog eating and no other symptoms have occurred (i.e..lethargic,vomiting,fever, etc...) than I would say don't worry. Your vet confirms your dog is healthy. So I am assuming that your vet has done all the required testing. Maybe your dog is just struggling with the transition and anxiety tends to bring on some weight loss. Please keep us updated!!..