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Old 11-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5 month old female named Maggie. I weighed her this morning as best I could on the bathroom scale. She's 18.7 pounds! She eats only Pedigree Puppy Chow which is what came from the breeder. She's a water hound. She'll eat water anywhere she can find it until she pukes.

I discovered as a bad parent that I was way under feeding her - like a 3rd of what she needed! Feel awful about it but time flies and I didn't realize she was aging so quick and needing more food. I've upped her to where she should be but she's not eating it.

Her obedience trainer is convinced she has worms and wants her on something. I don't know what to do. She's an inside dog. Underweight Female-imageuploadedbypg-free1352217063.520552.jpg


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Old 11-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear this. You should take her to the vet right away! 18 lbs. for a 5 month old is seriously underweight. There is obviously something very wrong. Also, the food you are feeding her is not a very good kibble. You should do some research and switch her to something more nutritious.
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Thing is she's current on her shots. They test for worms every time we go.


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I would recommend switching her to a Better Quality kibble... One that doesn't have Corn, Wheat or By Products...
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I'm thinking of switching her to TOTW.


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Old 11-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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TOTW is fairly good kibble. Its certainly a better choice then Pedigree which the #1 ingredient is corn. Just remember to introduce the new food slowly mixing it with the Pedigree at first. There could be underlying issues and I dont mean worms or anything vaccinations would prevent.

Have you had a complete blood work done on her? One that checks the liver, kidney and thyroid functions? If not I would serious consider doing that.

I hope you can figure out what the problem is keep us posted!
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OMG! Please change foods and feed her! She is far underweight for a 5 month old.

What kind of worms is the vet testing for? I would strongly suggest a full work-up.

And by all means, the sooner the better!
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This seems exactly like what Rosie had. 3 weeks ago she was 5 months old and weighed in at 17.2 lbs. she drank tons and tons of water and wouldn't stop even after throwing it up. She peed it right out and her pee was clear. I took her to the vet and they did culture samples, blood and urine test. It was discovered she had one very undersized kidney and an infected bladder. That's what was causing her to drink so much. The vet prescribed her Primor 240 and also gave us an IV bag to inject into her for 10 days since she was dehydrated. I gave her as much water as she wanted and fed her satin balls and raw food. She gained almost 10 lbs since then and she is back to her old self. She drinks allot but I can tell the meds are working since she will stop drinking at a certain point. I just switched her over to blue buffalo wilderness puppy and mixed it with wet food and she seems to love it. Hope this helps.


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With giving her all that water I would take her outside to relieve herself every 1-2 hours. I noticed it helped with potty training since we go so often. Right when I open the door she goes to the designated spot and pees. What sucks is I have to get up and 1am every morning to let her use the bathroom, if not she will have an accident in her crate.


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She'll stop at a point of water drinking. Her pee is yellow like normal. I'll have her checked out though. She's active enough.


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