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    Just wondering what is considered healthy weight gain for a puppy. We want to monitor our border collie pup closely, as it looks like she has juvenile renal disease. At 8 weeks old she was 4 kilo's. We had her weighed on Saturday at 11 weeks old and she is now 8 kilo's. She is on a kidney diet, low protein high salt.

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    You have done well with a difficult situation. My rule of thumb is if I can feel the ribs with a rub on her side Mags is about right.
    But with a pup with a serious health issue you might want to get your guidance from the vet.

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    She is slim, but in a border collie way. They are always nice and sleek. I have a picture of her. She looks a bit fuzzy, as she had just been in the car (in which she threw up and then rolled in her own vomit. Was not pleasant bathing her!).

    The vet said she was big for her age. Not fat. But taller and more developed than the average 11 week old border collie. She is a bit of a puzzle. We can't say 100% yet that she has this renal disease. But the breeder did some research and found one dog who died of it 5 generations back. Her grandparents were breeding the line at the time, so she was unaware it existed. Mini gets blood tests in two weeks, and a kidney biospy at 6 months when she is being desexed. But so far, she only has the drinking heaps of water and peeing a lot with little dilution. Other than that, she has no weight loss, no lethargicness, her breath is perfect, she eats heaps.

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    Stand on your scales then pick her up then subtract your weight. You will get a base weight, then weigh her each week to see what she gains. She looks lovely.

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    I have a set of scales - I can turn it on, then get on holding the dog, and it zeros out, then put the dog down while I stay on the scales and it shows her weight in -kg... Or if I'm quick and she's a bit slow... I can get on - zero out with my weight then grab her and get back on again and it shows her weight only... the first way is usually easier...

    I originally got them for weighing luggage for airplane trips... pretty good.

    I second the rib test. I suppose my dog had achieved about 3/4 her adult weight by about 6 months and then all of it by 12 months. My dog is taller and narrower than usual for cattle dogs - but she may be a cross, and tall and narrow is common with dogs that are desexed very young (eg 8 weeks).

    So there may be some sort of hormone weirdness going on if she's not desexed but she is tall and narrow for her breed. Did she have any siblings in the litter? what are they like?

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    She has one other red sibling, and 4 black and white siblings. The breeder told all the other owners about Mini's problem, and none of them have had this kidney issue. Mini is the biggest pup from the litter, taller than all her other siblings. She is seriously a weird dog. For a few weeks, when she would run she wouldn't separate her back legs and run one at a time, she would sort of hop on her back legs. We were worried about that, but she is running normally now.

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    So she's bigger than all her siblings? But not fat? I think her weight is probably fine then. But I am not a vet and there's clearly some other things going on.

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    No, she isn't fat, just taller and weighs a bit more. If you run your hands down her sides you can't feel her ribs. But she doesn't have a big tummy or to much padding over her ribs. I think she runs around to much to be fat :P but yes, there is something that is not right with her. Just have to wait for her to reach 6 months so she can have a kidney biopsy (she is getting blood tests and ultrasound first though).

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