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Old 01-03-2011, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Lab Tommy is 8 months old but feels like he is just 5-6 months old.looks too weak and his legs are also thin. but he is too active (hyperactive i would say).The vet says he is perfectly healthy & normal.

he is not at all a good eater like other labs.He is too choosy and moody while eating.he eats less.I used to give him pet-food initially but later on he started rejecting it.he loves eggs

his exercise is good som times i wonder how doesnt he feel hungry...heh

just that he is too skinny.

ne1 got solution??
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Labs come in all different shapes and sizes. Some will be big and heavy with thick legs and massive chests and others will be much finer boned, smaller and less likely to carry any weight.

You say your lad is very active, is he from working bred lines? If he is, this could account for him being small and slim along with being busy all the time.

As for him being picky with his food, I know it's unusual, but we have a few Labs on these forums which aren't greedy like most Labs are. What do you feed him at the moment and how much?
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have a look at the two Lab pups in this thread. They are almost the same age (just days apart) yet the size difference is immense. Both are happy, healthy Labrador pups though, just of very different breeding.

https://www.labradorforums.co.uk/ftop...65-zephyr.html
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Could you post us a picture of Tommy and tell us a bit more about him then maybe we can help. It is always hard to judge with your first pup.

It's great that you've had a Vet check at least you know he thinks Tommy is ok.

How do you mean hyperactive? Puppies are a lot more active (well I think so) than older dogs so may been hyper by comparison, perhaps give us an idea of his daily routine?

What's he eating, how much and when?

How's his tum/poos? Are they ok or do you think that's why he's a skinny one?

As Jules says all dogs are individual and some are choosy, others would eat everything in sight, if you've got a picky one count yourself lucky it could save you a lot of grief in the long run!

Hopefully will hear more from you later then we can try to help a bit more.

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Old 26-03-2011, 12:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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His weight is 25-26 kgs.
I dont know much about the dogs so i cant tell from which bread line is he in.I got him as a gift from my friend.
He is very slim & skinny boned.
I used to feed him Royal Cannin since its the only premium food available here.but recently my doggy doesnt eat tat also.I feed him 3 times a day 1 1/2 cup each time.Since i am hindu Non veg is not allowed in our house. even then i give chicken 3 times a week and 2 boiled eggs daily at my friend's house (I know i should giv that daily but i cant. but i am trying to do as much i can for him).
i dont have soft copy of the photo yet but will post that too soon.

thanx for reply guys...plz keep in touch & help & guide me since this is my 1st doggy
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That's not an especially low weight is it? :?:
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That's not an especially low weight is it? :?:
Not necessarily if the dog is a small, fine boned Labrador. My Pickle is only 25.6kg at nearly 2 years old and I know of others who are much smaller and lighter.

If the dog has what feels like a blanket of skin over it's ribs, then it's the right weight. If it only has a thin sheet, then it is underweight, if it has a thick duvet then it is overweight. And because the skeletons on Labs vary so much in size and thickness, you should go by what the dog looks and feels like, rather than by what the scales say.

Can I ask, Pushkar, what exactly is your dog eating now, if he isn't eating dog food or meat more than 3 times a week? I know dogs can and do live off most food types, but it sounds as if your dog could need more protein in it's diet. This could be why he is looking a little weak, as you put it, as protein is needed to build strong, healthy muscles.
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Are you in the UK or another country?

In the UK I believe there are a few vegetarian dog foods but dogs have evolved eating meat and it is their natural diet, would fish be acceptable instead? Growing puppies really need some protein to help them grow and what you feed them now can have an impact on their long term health. 26kg isn't so bad for a 8 month old pup, they tend to look thinner at that age anyway and don't really fill out until after they are a year old, especially if they are from working lines.
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