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Old 04-25-2011, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! We brought home our new boxer baby last Sunday at 8 weeks old and I'm concerned about her size. I have a digital scale at home and she weighed 6 lbs the day we brought her home. A week later she is down to 5 lbs 10 oz. We also have a male boxer (Harley) that we also got at 8 weeks and we was so much bigger than her. I have all his previous weights (he is 1 year now) and at 9.5 weeks he was 13.5 lbs. Should I be concerned? The breeder had her on Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul and I would have kept her on that but I'm unable to find it in my area so I went ahead and switched her over to Taste of the Wild pacific stream. She has had some diaherra but it seems to be getting better. I figured this was due to the sudden food change. She is a really good eater and eats and drinks plenty. She has had her first shots and been dewormed. Any idea on why she may be so small? Our male boxer was gaining 2 lbs a week and she has lost weight.




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Old 04-25-2011, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She may have lost a few ounces due to the diarhea. Have you talked to a vet about it? If shes active, eating and drinking fine I wouldnt really worry too much about that couple of ounces. Although she does seem a little small for her age. Maybe just the runt? I would call and talk to a vet if not bring her in just to be on the safe side...I know all the pups Ive brought home around that age have all ranged between 8-12lbs
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Is she just small or does she actually look under weight? Our boy Diesel is a big boy, hes 36 pounds at 4months and our little princess Saya is only 13.6 pounds at 3 months. Although small she is completely healthy, boxers just come in all shapes and sizes.
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Diarrhea and dehydration can very easily bring a pups weight down. I'd give it a couple more weeks before cause for alarm.
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Id go get a check up just in case. She may just be small or have a parasite. Good luck to you and your lil girl.
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As long as she is eating I would give her a couple weeks more before I became alarmed.
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Maybe she is the runt of the litter? If she is eating, playing, drinking, I wouldn't worry too much. Discuss this with your vet when you take her in. The best of luck to you.
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I just added a couple pictures to my first post so you can see her.
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I have an 11 week old! I got her at 6 weeks and she's been going through crazy growth spurts. One week she looks beefy and the next she grows taller and looks bony...I think it's all in the way they put on pounds. She was 13.4 at her 9 week!
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I would suspect worms, the 1st worming doesn't usually get them all but you have to wait between wormings. They can dehydrate easily at that age so I would give the vet a call and see what they say.
We have always taken ours to our vet for our own check up right after getting them.
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