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He is steadily gaining weight and i know he was very thin when we got him but he still seems soooo thin. Here is a pic i took of him outside today...what do you think? I have him on Innova puppy and he eats well but i just worry. Maybe i worry too much. The vet said he is a little thin but nothing to worry about. Has anyones babies ever looked like this?

 

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he does look a little thin. is he still on puppy food?  im sure if the vet isnt concerned then he is ok. maybe supplement with his meals something high in fat that is safe for digs.
 

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TamiNChance\";p=\"22283 said:
Yes he is still on puppy food. Like peanut butter or something?
yes probably peanut butter (as much as is healthy for them to have) and maybe something else. have you tried ccoking his food for a whiel to see if that helps? like chicken and rice? i know rice is full of carbs, i dont knwo about guidlines as far as feeding it to a puppy but im sure it would be fine.  when the pet food recall was at its worst i was making harleys and flossi food (chick. and rice) and they plumped up in the 2 weeks i feed it to them lol
 

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Boxers tend to be on the thin side. As long as you can't see or feel any hip bones or spine, I really wouldn't worry too much. I am assuming the vet has done a fecal test to rule out any parasites or other condition?
You can always give treats high in protein to add some weight. Full fat cottage cheese or some peanut butter in a kong work great.
Chance is still young and he's got a lot of growing to do. I'd rather have him a little on the thin side than him being overweight.  :)
 

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[quote="tootsie\";p=\"22289":3gv8nqob]Boxers tend to be on the thin side. As long as you can't see or feel any hip bones or spine, I really wouldn't worry too much. I am assuming the vet has done a fecal test to rule out any parasites or other condition?
You can always give treats high in protein to add some weight. Full fat cottage cheese or some peanut butter in a kong work great.
Chance is still young and he's got a lot of growing to do. I'd rather have him a little on the thin side than him being overweight.
 

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I wouldn't say he is too thin. Vega is about that thin and she is eating 2 1/2 cups a day. From what I have read all boxer pups are thin andwon't fillout til they reach their full height at about 1-1 1/2 years old. I maybe wrong, I certainly have been before. But I would say as long as Chance is eating, then it should be fine. If you really want to, you can add cottage cheese to his food. there isn't as much sugar as there would be in the PB.
 

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I am always to slow for the great and speedy tootsie :p
 

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We went through that with Beckham, he went from a rolly polly ball of puppy to a thin looking older pup.  He was all legs and I had a few people tell me he looked thin and asked if we were feeding him   :signduh:

He was very picky about eating (not sure if Chance is?) and had some health issues too. So we started mixing in either organic chicken broth or an organic plain yogurt.  He started wolfing down his food and actually asking for more, so we started feeding him close to 3 cups, twice a day!
He started to fill out nicely and now he gets 4 cups a day unless he's in a major growth spurt, then he's back up to 6 cups a day.

I know it's frustrating for you and very worrisome...try not to stress out too much and if your vet isn't that worried then I wouldn't be either.  Maybe give Chance a few extra treats here and there too?  :dance:

Hope this helps a bit :D
 

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TamiNChance\";p=\"22298 said:
do you happen to have any side views of vega i could see?
I do on my home PC, I will post them tonight for yah!
 

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Mizorie\";p=\"22299 said:
I am always to slow for the great and speedy tootsie :p
NaNa NaNa NaNa!!!! :bigrazz:   :rofl:
 

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Are you feeding him only the recommended amount of puppy food for his weight?  I have found that some of my puppies needed double the recommended amount and I fed them about 4 times a day so they could eat that much in smaller amounts.  Boxers are quite active and harder to put weight on sometimes.  I would increase slowly the amount if he were mine.  But as said, better thinner than to heavy for a dog.  Especially one that is growing.

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ok here are some overview shots of Chance(let me tell you that was not an easy task...) he just kept wanting to run away   lol...let me know what you think


 

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From those shots he could use a little weight, however he is still a pup.  They will go up and go down as they grow.  I remember Hanna went thru a very leggy stage.

I would just increase a little food whether straight kibble or some lean proteins - chix, cottage cheese etc.    I am sure he is getting plenty of added exercise with the new puppy, so I always increase the amt of food when activity is also increased.
 

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ok thank you so much....i just added some cottage cheese to his kibble....would it be ok to add a little canned puppy food too? I thought there was more fat and protien in the canned
 

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You can add in canned food.  I am not a big one on canned food, rather feed the real stuff minus all the perservitatives!  

Cottage Cheese, boiled chix, some canned sardines packed in water, mackrel are some of my favories!   Green beans are a good add in too.  

For some summer fun, fill a Kong with Vanilla Yogurt, and freeze.   Give as a treat.  Stuff like that.  

I give banana's as treats, sliced peeled apples etc.   You can get really creative!   My fav has to be the sardines in water.   Not only do they think they are yummy, but they also get the fish oils and its great for their skin and coat.
 

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Perhaps his coloring just gives the illusion that he is thinner than you would like, or like you said he may just be having a growth spurt and his body mass hasn't caught up to his height.  He does have a beautiful and shiny white coat though, he looks healthy to me.
 

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Those recent pics of him look perfect to me. But like others have said, some cottage cheese, yogurt, sardines, and egg wouldn't hurt either. I don't know if I would add it to his food, he might get real finicky and not want to eat his kibble alone anymore. I would just feed them like a treat.  :)
 
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