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KatieKate
21:38:02 Mon
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Weight Issues - please can someone put my mind at ease???

Hi,

So time for my first silly question!

I took Snoop to the vets today as he was looking rather skinny - when we got him he was VERY skinny as he had just had a bad case of worms, and even though he has bulked up a little I was concerned he was still skinny as anything! - the vet weighed him and said he was an average weight for his age and was in perfect health.

However both her and I were suprised that you could still see his ribs, which stick out quite a way. He eats like a little piggy and on her advice the first time we met I have cut down the length of our walks. Asde from that she had no other advice to give me.

Is it normal for a puppy boxer to be pretty lean or is there anything extra I should be doing??? :help:

Very greatfully......



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WendyandDolly
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Hi Kate ,
i know what you mean about Snoop looking skinny but i think it s just how boxer pups are when theyre growing - Dolly also eats well but at five and half months old she looks all lanky legs ! you can see her ribs as well slightly and shes also in perfect health like your vet said about your snoop .Dollys my first boxer but im sure all the other experienced boxer owners on this site wil know more! everyone on here is really helpful .

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SashasMum
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It can be normal for a boxer to look "lean" up until about 2 1/2.

Tizzy is only 21kg at 2 and I know of several boxers who are all gangly like that.

Just keep feeding him what you are doing and let him bulk out as he gets older. If you over feed him now, you could end up with an overweight boxer.

If you are worried, have a think about his exercise levels vs his food intake. Do you need to level them out a bit more?



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Coopsters
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Re: Weight Issues - please can someone put my mind at ease???

Cooper was a rescue dog and was very skinny when I got him at 5 months. Like you we managed to get some weight on him but he was always slim and we worried that he was a little underweight.

Now that he is 4 he has filled out, and we now have to watch him in case he gets a bit too plump! So my advice would be enjoy it while it lasts as i'm sure being a bit on the slim side will do no harm, but being a bit on the plump side isn't good for Boxers health at all.

Sounds like you have a happy healthy young dog so just enjoy! x

  
KatieKate
11:35:06 Sat
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Hi,

Many thanks for the advice, I wont worry quite so much now and I can just sit back and enjoy my baby.




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Gixer is a "lean machine" but is solid muscle he was never a "big" dog. However you are supposed to be able to see a Boxer's ribs (obviously not sticking out!!). What food do you give Snoop? I have found that can make a difference and all my Boxers have only been able to eat 1 type of food - everything else has a "nasty" effect!! Each 1 has suited different foods luckily we hve never had more than 1 dog at once!!! ALos if you overfeed now he could get a bit tubby - we are all used to seeing overweight dogs and it is weird when we see one that is right! I was paraniod Gixer was underweight and the vet said he is fine and she was pleased to see a Boxer looking how they should especially when he's been neutered. I am now very proud of my boys physique :love:



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Wafcol salmon + potato is a fantastic food to build body - I would recommend it to anyone.
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