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    Default new puppy under weight, had worms, dewormed still not putting much weight on.

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    We adopted a new puppy 3 weeks ago, she is a mixed breed possibly staffy, possibly mastiff but she is very small and very slim. We wonderd if she also had some whippet in her,, we only say this as she is thin and her ribs are very visible.

    She is a rescue dog, she was dumped with two other puppies at 4 weeks old. When we picked her up from the foster home she was very underweight. She weighed 3kg, all of her ribs were very visible as was her hips. The next day we took her to her local vets, the same vets who look after our other dog (a 15month old red heeler x). I was pretty disappointed with the vet, didnt see our regular vet but had one of the partners of the surgery, she didnt a very brief check up. She didnt feel her stomach, didnt take her temperature, did listed to her chest and lungs, did look at her teeth. I had to ask about her weight and if there is anything to do about it, she just suggested feeding her small amounts 5 times a day and then gave me samples of puppy food that they sell and then tried to get me to sign up to a 560 buck program that includes food and vaccines for 12 months. So the check up I asked for sended up being a sales pitch and I left with a handul of leaflets on products the vet sells. Wasnt impressed at all, time to change vet.


    We also worked out that the resuce group she came from seem a little dodgy, even though the foster carer did a good training and socialisation job they didnt tell us how aggressive she is with other dogs around food. They also dont appear to have worked her appropriately, they were worming her monthly opposed to what you should do with puppys which is worm every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then months till 12 months. They also didnt tell us when her vaccination was carried out, it took 20 odd emails until I finally got a response. So we spoke to our regular vet (not the partner) who is a more junior vet but seems alot more thorough and genuine. She advised give her the worming tablet every two weeks for 3 doses then monthly.

    Anyway I digress.

    So later that day she developed diarrhea, we thought it was from the gradual change of food we were doing and her new surroundings. We were keeping her well hydrated with coconut water/coconut water ice cubes. We fed her chicken and rice, then the bloody diarrhea started, her abdomen was also very swollen and she was constantly hungry. I decided to give her a worming tablet, she then passed a large amount of round worms, a few days later she had solid poo and her abdo was less distended. In one week she had put on a kilogram and lost a huge amount of huge worms.

    Now she appears to be growing, she is getting taller but her ribs almost look more obvious, she is now growing more loose skin which she didnt have when we got her.

    We are feeding her Artemis fresh food puppy medium/large breed puppy food Medium Large Breed Puppy - Artemis Pet Food Australia she is getting 260 g divided over 4-5 feeds with Nutrigel nutrigel mixed in. We also give her extras like a bit of chicken or some of the 4legs chicken balls with some of her meal times.

    She is also getting dried lamb lung and home made chicken jerky for training.

    We thought about giving her pumpkin and occasionally pasta to provide some more carbs in her diet.

    Any suggestions, any thoughts, any advice?





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    Default Puppy not putting on weight

    Hi

    I tried putting up another post but it disppeared when I tried to submit so here goes again, hopefully it doesnt post.

    So we have a 13 -14 week old mixed breed puppy, maybe staffy, mastiff something small. She isnt very big, her paws are small. We adopted her from a rescue group who seemed a little disorganised and although I am sure they mean well they dont seem very knowledgable. When we went to pick up the pup from the foster carer she couldnt tell us when her previous worming/vaccinations were last done but just said they were due the end of the week. She is an adorbale dog but was very under weight, all of her ribs were visible and she had no puppy fat on her body. we took her and the next day took her to our vets. The vet we saw that day wasnt our regular vet, this one was one of the vet partners who did the most brief check up, she didnt check her temperature, or feel her tummy. She did spend 10 minuites trying to sell me products and packages and tried to sign me up to pet insurance that they recommend, so a 4 min check of the dog followed by 10 mins sales pitch, I wasnt too impressed.

    Later than day the pup started having diarrhea, we thought it was from the stress from a new house, new dog to live with and the transition of food. We gave her bland diet kibble and some chicken and rice. We were feeding her 5 times a day as advised by the vet after I prompted her with questions about puppies weight.

    The next day she seemed to be lethargic, in pain and pooping out blood, at one point I thought she might die, she fell asleep on my chest, when she woke I gave her a worming tablet and some chicken and rice and she seemed less sore and more puppy like, also gave her a large volume of coconut water to drink, she had about 330 mls over that morning. This resulted in a large amount of urine so she was hydrated enough.

    Leter she passed some large worms, looked like round worms, we kept going with the bland diet. Within a week she had lost her massive bloated tummy, the dirrhea had stopped and she put on a kg of weight, she was 3kg after a week was 4kg.

    We have had her for 3 weeks, she appears very healthy, running around playing has lots of energy, she is growing skin now and has folds of it to grow into and appears taller, she only weighs 4.4kg now so she hasnt put a great deal of weight on. Her ribs are still very visible. She is being fed in 4-5 meal sitting a day with a daily amount of 260g of Artemis Fresh mix Puppy, she is also getting 5g a day of nutrigel carb and vitamin suppliment gel. Also we add chicken and 4legs chicken balls. She also gets dried lung crumbles and home made chicken jerky for training purposes.

    She is being wormed every two weeks for the next 6 weeks and then will go to monthly as advised by the Novartis rep our normal vet spoke to.

    Is there anytihing else we should do ? Any advice? I thought about adding steamed pumkin or boiled pasta to her diet to give her more carbs. We also changed her to the small breed version of the fresh mix as it has slightly more protein and 6% more fat than the medium/large breed.

    We are also going to write to petrescue . com . au to let them know, the rescue group seems like they need more support, I asked the leader of the resuce group to let the foster carer know about the round worms. The foster carer has little kids and another dog, we didnt have her telephone number. The foster carer found us on facebook, I messaged her about the worms and told her that we asked the leader to let her know about the worms. She said that she didnt hear anything from the leader and was suprised. I passed on info about the worms, round worms can be risky to little kids.

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    here are some pics
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    How horrible. I would actually send a complaint to the council the rescue work through as parasites of that level and a pup in that condition is neglect.

    I wouldn't bother with more filler carbs they just bulk out the feeds, not add weight. Lamb flaps, lamb necks, beef brisket (woolies sell it in the meat fridge) will get the weight on the puppy. Up the size of the feeds and keep feeding several times a day like you're doing. OK She's thin but not dangerous and it can take a while to put weight on especially while growing up so fast at that age! Make sure not to go too far with the feeding though, you want muscle not too much fat in a large breed pup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    How horrible. I would actually send a complaint to the council the rescue work through as parasites of that level and a pup in that condition is neglect.

    I wouldn't bother with more filler carbs they just bulk out the feeds, not add weight. Lamb flaps, lamb necks, beef brisket (woolies sell it in the meat fridge) will get the weight on the puppy. Up the size of the feeds and keep feeding several times a day like you're doing. OK She's thin but not dangerous and it can take a while to put weight on especially while growing up so fast at that age! Make sure not to go too far with the feeding though, you want muscle not too much fat in a large breed pup
    thanks for the reply, I am thinking that it is neglect. I also worry about the other pups they had in her litter. Bit worried about kicking up too much of a stink as the pup isnt neutered yet and we signed a contract saying that we will get her neutered before 6 months and then they will transfer over the microchip address to our address.

    We have her original vet details and the chip number, might contact them and petrescue and ask them what to do, they might just transfer the address over once she is neutered. We dont want to do it yet as we want to fatten her up a bit more.

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    No you cannot put a puppy that thin under anaesthetic it is too massive a risk. If they have taken payment for that dog they cannot withold your right to transfer microchip details either so contact petrescue about it ASAP. Desexing a dog of that breed anyway you want to wait as long as possible before doing it anyway to let the body mature and avoid problems like spey incontinence.

    Your complaint can't do anything to you or the pup. It's your dog now, you've paid your fee and you have custody so they can try whatever but cannot make you hand it back or cause you too problems. Disgusting that 'rescue' in fact puts animals in harms way instead of saving their lives for the better. If they cannot provide for them they should not be running or taking them on!
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    I agree with Nekhbet.

    You've paid for the puppy (did you get a receipt?). You can desex when you and your vet agree the puppy is ready. Ie 6 months or older for a potentially large breed dog (eg part Mastiff). Some states and councils require the dog be micro chipped in your name before you can register the dog. Your vet should be able to help with that - no matter what the rescue says. Ie if the vet verifies you own the dog and verifies the dog's microchip number they can authorise the ownership details to be updated.

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    Aw what a poor little thing That rescue sounds terrible.

    There are a couple of members... Sean is one that comes to mind that were making Satans balls?? I think they were called and were good at putting weight on dogs. Hopefully someone will come in and help more!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I merged the threads. I don't know why I didn't see the one Jadielee87 posted in before. But now there is only this one - merged to this title cos it had more replies. Possible that the first one got hidden because of something to do with new person posting links or something.

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