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    Looks like Loki has gone through his first shedding - freaking insane amount of hair! I could brush him and vacuum every day, and the next day the floor would be covered in hair again, and he'd have this layer of loose hair on him. It's a bit of a task but I don't really mind

    But one thing that kinda shocked me is how skinny he actually is without that undercoat. He's 13 months now, so I think he still has a lot of filling out to do. I don't have a set of scales so I'm not entirely sure on weight, but he's 60cm tall, basically at the top of the standard, so I don't expect much more vertical growth. He doesn't eat much, but because of the heat exercise has been a bit limited for a while, so I don't think it's a case of overworked/underfed. I put out dry food for him he can have at any time, then give him some other food for dinner (say mince, chicken, those dog sausage loaf things etc). I used to put the "wet" food out for breakfast too but he was just wasting most of it.

    I guess I'm asking whether I should be worried about this, or whether he's just a bit lean until his next growth spurt (which I think is usually 15-20 months?). He'd just been in the pool so he's a bit wet in the pic


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    Gotta love huskies in shedding season the amount of hair that comes out of them never ceases to amaze me!!

    My Aussie took a while to fill out, he reached his full height at 12 months old, but continued to fill out for the next year after that.

    The guide I always see for weight on dogs is you want to be able to feel his ribs, but not see them... which is a bit hard to follow for us long/thick haired dog owners. If he's up to date with worming and is eating a good amount of food I wouldn't worry. You could always get your vet's opinion next time you go in

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    Hi Thingz

    He does look a bit pointy around the hips. Can you feel the knobbly bits of his spine with your fingers - might be time to top his dinner up a bit.

    There's an old schnauzer that walks at our local park and I can feel his ribs way too easily even when he's shaggy - so you can feel ribs through the coat. And if you're doing that regularly (love a good pat-massage) then you will know if your dog is starting to feel pointy bony instead of padded bony. What you really don't want is no bones at all. And you don't want really sharp pointy bony along the spine and hips either but a bit ribby is ok, good even.

    My dog is a bit padded bony and shedding like mad at the moment.

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    Don't worry mate...GSDs are just as bad. GSDs only shed once a year...for 365 days.
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    I'm not sure what to do about the food situation - I can put down extra food but he just won't eat it. He hasn't eaten at all this morning and most of his dinner is still in the bowl. He's probably just bored of the food, but as the saying goes, he won't starve himself. It seems to be that in general they're a bit lean around the year mark, so I'm fine with that, just don't want it to affect him negatively in the future

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    I have found some sneaky tricks to get my dog to drink - she always eats everything available and then some but if she's a bit stressed she won't drink....

    but if I mix a spoonful of yogurt or milk into her water (or dinner with water) it's a different story and she will drink that till it's all gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingz View Post
    I'm not sure what to do about the food situation - I can put down extra food but he just won't eat it. He hasn't eaten at all this morning and most of his dinner is still in the bowl. He's probably just bored of the food, but as the saying goes, he won't starve himself. It seems to be that in general they're a bit lean around the year mark, so I'm fine with that, just don't want it to affect him negatively in the future
    Maybe a vet check up just to be on the safe side. I have never had this problem...ours are fed three small meals per day rather than one large meal as bloat is always a worry and not allowed outside at least a half hour before and after they eat...and I give them a tin of sardines three times a week which they love plus fish oil caps and a brisket bone once a week.

    You might be feeding him to much...I don't know anything about your breed but with mine I know what weight they should be and I try to keep them at it...especially for their hips. My GSD Rex 37 kgs (12 yrs) gets 4.5 cups per day and Chloe 31.6 kgs (nearly 3 yrs) gets 2.5 cups per day which doesn't sound like much but it keeps them at the about the correct weight...maybe give it a try.
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    I'll probably go just for a checkup at some stage anyway and just ask.

    As far as amount of food, I usually put a cup of dry food in his bowl, then around 200g of "wet" food in the evening. The dry food usually lasts a couple of days, and the wet food might last until the next evening (he _usually_ eats all the wet food though). I've offered him more after finishing the first lot but he just leaves it there and I end up having to throw it out. If it's those sausage loafs I'm feeding, the package recommends probably 3x that amount for a dog his size, but he just won't eat it. Compared to what you say your GSD's eat, 4.5 cups would keep him going for a week at this rate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingz View Post
    I'll probably go just for a checkup at some stage anyway and just ask.

    As far as amount of food, I usually put a cup of dry food in his bowl, then around 200g of "wet" food in the evening. The dry food usually lasts a couple of days, and the wet food might last until the next evening (he _usually_ eats all the wet food though). I've offered him more after finishing the first lot but he just leaves it there and I end up having to throw it out. If it's those sausage loafs I'm feeding, the package recommends probably 3x that amount for a dog his size, but he just won't eat it. Compared to what you say your GSD's eat, 4.5 cups would keep him going for a week at this rate
    Sorry mate I can't bloody count...Rex gets 3.5 cups per day and at one time was 4.5 but he started to put on too much weight so I cut it back a little at a time...one cup is about 227 g.

    Your boy should be eating much more than he is now...can you feel his ribs ? Does he have Diarrhoea or vomit at all ? Is he wormed and had his C5 ? I have never fed canned dog food as it's 90% water and a waste of money...I've never fed mine those sausage loafs either from the supermarket. A few years ago I saw these diced meat cubes for dogs in the supermarket...I added some to their food...the next thing I know all three had very bad Diarrhoea and I had to get medication from the vet...never again.

    If I opened a 20kg bag of kibble...Rex and Chloe would try to eat the whole lot...so I think a visit to the vet might be a good idea...also find out what weight loki should be at this age and use it as a guide...500g either side is fine.
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    Yeah - I wouldn't be leaving food down either. 10 to 30 mins and then remove it.

    He's not a sight hound. they can starve themselves to death.

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