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    Puppy too thin?

    Hello,
    I am a first time Frenchie owner. I feel like my little guy is too thin. I have had him for a week and a half and he is now 9 weeks old. At his first Vet visit since coming home, he weighed 5.3 lbs. He tested positive for Giardia. He just completed a round of Panacur and Metronidazole. It was prescribed for 5 days. His stool is solid to semi-solid. He drinks plenty of water but does not seem to eat a lot. I have continued with the Nutrisource Puppy food his breeder fed him. When he does eat, it seems as if he has a hard time chewing it so I softened it a little with water. I have seen that some people have fed their dogs pumpkin and rice. I am willing to try anything to get the little guy to eat more. He sleeps a lot but the number of hours he stays awake have been increasing. When he is awake, he's very rambunctious and playful chasing the kids all over. Any help or advice would be appreciated. I feel like he has gotten longer but not fuller. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    He is a little on the thin side, but not too bad. Just keep giving him his food and feed him three times a day until he is around 7 months of age. At that time you can switch him to adult food. Sometimes you can use toppers like Feta cheese, or even Stella and Chewys freeze dried food. Pups should get plenty of food and water as they are growing.
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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Thanks so much!!! I will try your suggestions. I leave his food out so that it is available for him all the time. It is so helpful to receive advice from those of you who have been there! Greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Yup, a little thin but nothing to be overly concerned about. The giardia and antibiotics could have messed up his gut so just keep feeding him and heíll get back on track.


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    Welcome to you and Tucker.

    As pointed out, he might be just coming off the effects of his treatment - keep us posted.

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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Thank You everyone! That's a relief. So happy to have the advice! I'll keep you posted. He did seem to eat more yesterday.

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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    If you arenít already, you can add in a probiotic to his diet which will help keep a healthy gut.


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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Gang got you covered.... what a cutie pie


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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Thank you all so much! Any recommendations for a probiotic?

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    Re: Puppy too thin?

    Quote Originally Posted by gigimarie View Post
    Thank you all so much! Any recommendations for a probiotic?
    Herbsmith microflora is good, as is refrigerated sauerkraut, milk keifer or raw goats milk


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