Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

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Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

Post by paulmeyer21 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:25 pm

I have a 13 month GSP. He weighs about 43lbs. He is on Nutri source Performance with is 30/20. I feed him about a 1 1/2 cups 3 times a day. Sometimes he eats it all and sometimes he won't touch it. I don't want to switch food. Just looking for ideas. Any thoughts?

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Re: Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

Post by TraditionsGSPs2010 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:02 pm

Why do you think you puppy is underweight?
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Re: Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

Post by Thinking » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:56 pm

Has he been wormed recently? How much excercise does he get? Many people overestimate how much padding a dog should have. A hunting dog in good condition should look like an Olympic athlete, a dog in great condition should look like a competitor in the decathlon.

A photo would help a lot to see if folks agree that your dog looks under weight.

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Post by jlp8cornell » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:56 am

My male GSP didn't start eating well until he was around 3 years old. Even still, on days he doesn't get enough exercise, or it's too warm, etc, he won't eat that much. The food you are feeding is 491 kcals/cup. For comparison, I feed my 63# dog about 2.5c/day of a similar food. Some days he eats 1 cup and some days he eats 2.5.

Post a pic. If you dog is truly too skinny on that amount of such a calorie dense food, there is probably something else going on. That's a lot to feed a 43# dog.

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Post by cjhills » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:02 am

Sounds like a bit more food than NutriSource recommends. I think about 3 cups a day. More food don't make the dog gain. Just more clean up.
I have the same problem with a male that is the same age. If the dog has a loose stool cut back on the food til it gets solid, then raise the amount slowly. Maybe a little less excersize if this is a dog who likes to run, as mine is. To much running at that age can be a problem. I just learned there is a reason for the feeding amounts on the bag.
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Post by nanney1 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:45 am

Satin Balls (Google Search) or Bil-Jac Frozen. Use as treats or add to the regular food.

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Post by brad27 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:19 am

Post a pic. If you dog is truly too skinny on that amount of such a calorie dense food, there is probably something else going on. That's a lot to feed a 43# dog.
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Post by mcbosco » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:22 pm

brad27 wrote:
Post a pic. If you dog is truly too skinny on that amount of such a calorie dense food, there is probably something else going on. That's a lot to feed a 43# dog.
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++1, Smallie only eats 1 -2.5 cups per day?

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Post by jlp8cornell » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:57 am

++1, Smallie only eats 1 -2.5 cups per day?
Oh my- you actually agreed with me. And yes, you know how much (or little) my dog eats.

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Post by mcbosco » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:51 am

jlp8cornell wrote:
++1, Smallie only eats 1 -2.5 cups per day?
Oh my- you actually agreed with me. And yes, you know how much (or little) my dog eats.
You must give him a lot of treats.

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Post by ekoog82 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:12 pm

The male I that we had, had a similar issue. We would feed and feed him and couldnt keep weight on him. Switched to Annamet performance and he did good. That became to difficult to get in my area at a resonable cost so we went to Diamond EA.... he did good on that as well.

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Post by frontline » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:06 pm

paulmeyer21 wrote:I have a 13 month GSP. He weighs about 43lbs. He is on Nutri source Performance with is 30/20. I feed him about a 1 1/2 cups 3 times a day. Sometimes he eats it all and sometimes he won't touch it. I don't want to switch food. Just looking for ideas. Any thoughts?
When my puppies start losing interest in their food it's usually a signal for me to reduce their feeding from 3 times a day to 2 times a day but I see this around 5-6 months of age. I would try feeding 2 cups, 2 times a day for a few days and see how it goes. Then try increasing his meals by 1/4 cup if his appetite gets better and you feel he needs it. Eliminating that middle meal really helps even though they are getting the same amount of food.

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Post by trigger1989 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:21 am

How much does the mom and dad weigh? That does seem a little slim but I've seen full grown gsp's that weigh around 35-40 pounds. Mine is almost 18 months and he weighs around 63 pounds but he's weighed that much since 14 months.

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Post by paulmeyer21 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Here is the most recent picture that I have of him. He is about 11 months old in this picture.
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Post by TraditionsGSPs2010 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:02 pm

it would be easier to judge him if you could come up with a closer picture. nice looking point though!
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Post by reba » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:01 pm

Dutch my GSP was as skinny as a rail up to the end of his second year of hunting. I mean you could see 4 ribs and he was eating 6 heaping cups a day!

He is now three years plus and weights 65 pounds and looks great. I know he will slim down when running the chukar, but I now know not to worry.

BTW he is now eating 2 cups in the morning and 4 at night. I have found that he just can not eat all that he requires at once, so I contine to feed him twice a day.

Dogs are all differnt when it come to "how much food" they need. I have had the same breed and same size dogs required 2 - 5 cups difference. What it says on the bag will only get you close.

Do measure what you feed and don't free feed. If he doesn't eat it save it for the next feeding.

Every GSP needs a Lab to show them how it's done;-)=

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Post by paulmeyer21 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:40 pm

I took some more pictures. We are working on the whoa command.
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Re: Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

Post by Angus » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:56 pm

Looks fine. My setter pup is thinner than your dog. Keep doing what you're doing, and stop worrying.

Some may say he actually looks a bit heavy. :wink:

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Post by zigzag » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:47 pm

Looks good to me. If it makes you feel better my Vizsla is 44lbs, 1yr this month. They dont all grow to be 60#

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Post by birddog1968 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:56 pm

looks fine to me too.....
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Post by ezzy333 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:01 am

It is refreshing to see a dog in good condition and not too heavy to work it's best in the field.

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Re: Can't get my GSP to gain wieght?

Post by TraditionsGSPs2010 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:57 am

It looks like your pup is fine. Just like people, they're not all built the same.
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Post by Sage » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:55 am

The GSP i had growing up was always thin my grandma swore we were starving him but we could never keep any fat on him cause he would just run it off no matter how much we fed him. I think if you can feel the ribs and maybe see them just a tiny tiny bit the dog is healthy but if the ribs are sticking out just feed him more and exercise him less until you find a happy medium
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Post by smoothbean » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:06 am

I think he looks very good! Too many people are just used to seeing overweight dogs.

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Post by birddogger » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:16 pm

smoothbean wrote:I think he looks very good! Too many people are just used to seeing overweight dogs.
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