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My boxer, Chili, is 5 months old. I feed her 3 cups of food per day, as per the instructions on the puppy food bag. I feed her Nutro's Natural Choice, which was recommended by my vet. But, Chili is VERY skinny. I can see her ribs. And she is always hungry. I also feed her lots of pigs ears and bones which are high in fat. Someone mentioned that she may have a thyroid problem. I don't want to be an over-anxious dad, but I'm an over-anxious dad. Any suggestions?
 

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im still new to this myself.. but i think if you can not count all of her ribs then she is okay..
have you tried feeding her peanut butter? maybe in a kong? im not sure if it will work but i know peanut butter is good for her non the least.. as well as cottage cheese.

just some thoughts on more to feed her.. she is beautiful
 

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boxer are naturally a little more lean than most dogs, so it's okay to be able to see ribs...it's not okay if you can see their hip bones and/or all of their ribs. Try maybe giving her more food, those guides that are on the back of the bag aren't very acurate. I don't think it would be bad to feed her more if she's skinny.
 

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As stated above the boxer breed is very lean. You should be able to see the last two ribs, but should the spine/hip be easy to see then the dog is under weight. We used peanut butter sandwiches as a snack in the afternoon and a spoonful of cottage cheese mixed with the food in the evening to fatten up Savannah.
 

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it is perfectly fine if you cant see them :) just means she is a healthy girl :lol: just if you CAN see the last two ribs than it is ok. hips/spine being seen is never a good sign in any dog.
 

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I would not worry.  If you think she is too thin, then increase each meal by 1/2 cup or so.   The guidelines on the bag are just that - guidelines.  I always adjusted up or down based on how my dogs looked or their activity level.  

Plus puppies go thru lanky skinny stages as a result of growth.  So one week they can look fat, two weeks later a bit on the skinny side.  

**I would look into bully sticks and avoid the pig ears.  Only because they are not 100% digestbable, contain some chemicals and can post problems of blockage if they do not break down.   Bully sticks are digestable.

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HannaBanana\";p=\"51597 said:
**I would look into bully sticks and avoid the pig ears.  Only because they are not 100% digestbable, contain some chemicals and can post problems of blockage if they do not break down.   Bully sticks are digestable

Heather- I don't give Sadie Pig ears or anything...but what is a Bully stick??
 

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I would say that if you cant see thru her then she is ok.........j/k.I would ask your vet or someone knowledgeable about boxers that can see her in real life.When I first got Jake he was to skinny and my told me to feed Jake as much as he wanted until he thickened up a little bit.Maybe try that.
 

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If she is getting so skinny that her hip bones are sticking out. Feed her more. Have worms been ruled out? Remember all dogs especially Boxers should have a waist. You should be able to just make out the last few ribs and their should be a bit of a tuck up to the belly. An hourglass look from above.
 

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wow, thanks everyone for all the great tips and advice, I feel better already.  btw, all the pics of your pooches are awesome...you gotta love boxers.  thanks again, cheers.
 

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Chili\";p=\"51577 said:
My boxer, Chili, is 5 months old. I feed her 3 cups of food per day, as per the instructions on the puppy food bag. I feed her Nutro's Natural Choice, which was recommended by my vet. But, Chili is VERY skinny. I can see her ribs. And she is always hungry. I also feed her lots of pigs ears and bones which are high in fat. Someone mentioned that she may have a thyroid problem. I don't want to be an over-anxious dad, but I'm an over-anxious dad. Any suggestions?
OMG that is so cute!
 

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Felix was really ribby at that age too, I could see 3 or 4 sets of ribs even though I fed him more than the recommended amount, plus extras added to his food like canned sardines, turkey necks, and eggs (not all everyday).  
How many times a day do you feed her?
Ditto Hannabanana on the pigs ears- and what kind of bones?
I would suggest looking into switching dog foods too.  While Nutro is better than the Science Diet stuff that a lot of vets push, it still doesn't rate very high according to THIS website.  Nutro Natural Choice is rated a 2 out of 6 stars.  I am really glad for finding that website, it has taught me a lot about dry dog food- you can do a search for your food, and there is also a wet dog food rating system.
good luck with the pup!
 

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We feed Cassie on Neutro puppy and haven't gone by guidelines on the back of the bag from about 3 weeks after we got her home, Boxers are a very diciplined breed and tend not to over eat so we just fill her bowl and she stops eating when she's had enough.

She tends to eat about 6 to 7 at night then sometimes again at about 10 to 11 depending on how many treats or bits she's had over the day
 

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Just want to say Chili is adorable.  I agree with the others, up her food a bit and add some extras.
 
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