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SashasMum
11:58:16 Thu
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I was just having a chat with the nutrionist advice line connected to Burn's dog food. As mentioned before, Sasha seems so scrawny, despite the amount of food she eats!!

Anyway, we talked in a previous thread about the "tripe" method and discussed its fairly obvious pit falls, but has anyone heard about giving them potatoes or olive oil to bulk them up?

Apparently all I have to do is give her a few tatties with her food and that should help her out? Has anyone else heard of this or tried it?

The vet doesnt seem to have any concerns about Sasha's weight, but I must admit I would rather have her looking like a boxer than a whippet, and I want to get a bit of muscle on her!!

Any thoughts?
Karen :wave:

  
Dawn01
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i wouldnt do it she is only a young dog Boxers seem to have trouble loosing it when there older its better to have a healthy boxer than a fat one
Homer put got really fat after he had the snip and it took me ages to get him back in shape
Ive heard that for a bitch its even harder
dryed food seems to be a good weight gain and it does have all the nutrients in, Would Sasha Eat Potatos ??



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jacquie
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They do seem to go through a stage like that. Normally between 1 1/2 and 2.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. You could increase her feeding but it is alot harder to get off than put on!!!! I know, stil fighting with Sasha's weight!:smash6:
You know what's best for her. Go by your instinct.
Let us know what you decide to do.



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NickiG
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This is coming from my experience with Eddie and a few boxers that I have "seen" over the years.
If she is healthy, eating a good food and a good amount..please do not try to bulk her up! It is quite normal for a boxer to seem too skinny. Take a look at the standard for boxers, they are not supposed to be big dogs, they are a medium breed dog. They are not supposed to be bulky like a rottie for example. Also it is very normal for a boxer to be skinny when they are young, young being anywhere from 1-4 years old. When they get a bit older they will gain, they will become less active, then you have to really watch that they do not get over weight.
With Eddie, I always thought he was too skinny, the vet said he was fine. He ate a ton of food and table scraps every night, yet he stayed skinny. He was also very active. When Eddie turned about 5 years old he slowed down alot and started to gain weight. He is 8 now, he will be 9 in september. He now is a very bulky boy! I don't like it at all! He is lazy and having problems with his hips and arthritis. We are working on getting him to lose a few pounds but it is proving to be fairly hard!
Just my 2 cents....:roundnround:



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I 'm glad you have all said that! I am reluctant to bulk her up at all, knowing that it is easier to put it on than take it off. I think it was seeing all the photos of everyone else's babies looking healthy, whilst Sasha seems so scrawny!!

Looking at the breed standard though, they say the average weight for a bitch is 26kg and Sasha is only 21kg? Her sister weighs at least 25kg but doesn't look that much bigger than Sasha! She just looks "stronger" if you know what I mean!

I suppose I begin to feel guilty when people ask me if she doesn't eat well or is she ill? I think folk think I starve her!!

Thanks for the opinions, much appreciated! I will leave the poor wee girl be!!

Karen :wave:

  
katie_rosie
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Hi
What height is she? Maybe she is taller than the other Boxers you know.? Katie is very thin too and compared to Rosie she looks even more so whilst it makes Rosie look very overweight whereas in fact she has lost a lot of weight, only about 3lbs to go.

I feed Wafcol and it is based on salmon + potato, its a food for dogs with sensitivities. I need to watch how much Rosie gets as she puts weight on very fast and it is pathetic how little she actually gets. Vet told us to bulk her food out with grated carrot and build her up with bran. Poor girl.

I hadnt heard about potato being used to bulk them out but it is a carbohydrate.

I agree with everyone else if she is fit, happy and healthy, wouldnt worry too much. I stopped worrying about Katie - well except when she misses a meal, she is a fussy eater!!

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jacquie
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I think you will find that most of our dogs are a bit older than her as well. Dont worry. She will fill out over time, If you bulk her out now she will be a "blimp" like my Sasha later. People that think she is not fed proparly or too thin dont know the breed! Dont worry about them and there comments, as long as your vet thinks she is ok then that's the main thing.

Tell you what if we could put the two of them together she could have some of Sasha's weight LOL



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Dawn01
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Wafcol is really good I had a Boxer when i was younger at home and he had ricketts when we got him we used to feed him that its full of nutriants
she will start to put weight on soon dont worry



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SashasMum
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I have put some new photos on Sasha's photobucket and the last one shows her ribs off quite nicely!

Do you think she is ok or too skinny?

Karen :wave:

  
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Compared to Heskey, shes decidedly porky!!!!!!! Doesnt matter how much food we shovel into him he just runs it all off again!!! Jake was like that to start with then middle age spread hit and then we had to put him on a diet. (Dont really mean shes porky - she looks fine)

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jacquie
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Karen, she looks like a young boxer. Dont worry!!!

I used to think Blue looked too thin as well. He is getting a bit fuller now, but think of all the energy she has. I wouldn't worry she looks fine.



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SashasMum
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Ta!

I didnt get my last girl until she was four, so I am not used to the younger years I suppose!!

She was really really skinny when we got her and I suppose I felt my first duty was to make her look and feel healthier! She certainly filled out but we have always been able to play a tune on her ribs!!

I forgot that they sometimes didnt really fill out until they were past 3 or 4.

Thanks for advice folks - much appreciated. Although I am not always stressing about it, it was constantly on my mind!

Karen :wave:

  
gingerboy
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Tash is 4 now and only filled out during the past 6 months so I wouldn't worry too much Karen. Tash is now solid muscle and just right no fat but far from skinny unlike Molly who is 5 and still quite skinny.


I'm sure Sasha will be fin given time and will find her own level especially as she gets older - as Nicki G says being weighty can have it's down sides so probably best to leave nature run it's course.

Good luck, Paul

  

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