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Puppy too thin

My pup is one week shy of 7months old. He suddenly had a growth spurt within the last 2 weeks. Heís around 55lbs and 23Ē. He grew an inch just recently and I noticed today I could see his ribs where I couldnít before. You can see them more when he lays on his side, but even standing today I could see them. I upped his dinner another 3/4 cup tonight. Heís already eating almost 5 cups of PPP large breed puppy food plus treats. I never see anyone on here feed that much usually. Is 3/4 cup extra enough, and from the pictires, how many lbs do you guys think he needs to gain? Heís been getting fed twice a day, but Iím going to start feeding 3 times. He doesnít have worms. Iím thinking itís because heís growing taller...sorry for the sideways pic.
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if you can go by a drugstore and get some pyrantel pamoate (it will be in w the children's pinworm treatment) he would need a dose of +/- 275 mg for his weight. Whether it seems he has parasites or not, per fecal, he likely does have a load as most dogs have a load.
I'm not suggesting it would make him underweight to have a low parasite load but I'm suggesting it won't hurt to deworm him twice a year in this way, just because he is a dog.
Where I see him as underweight is at his tailset/hip bone and I think he needs about 5 pounds. Watch that area for protruding bone. Maybe add some good fats rather than more volume of food, like some fish oil. OR you can get a tub of Super 14 from the feed store (it'll be in the horse section) and add that to his food- it's very high calorie/low volume.

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Yes he does look a bit thin. I remember when Denver was 8-9 months suddenly got taller and looked super thin. Plus with the activity level in the summer he was burning up most of his calories. We have fed PPP SSS since he was 7 months old, and had to add another cup daily until he gained a few pounds, now that its fall, we are back to feeding 3 cups/day. Have you considered transitioning to adult food?



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You won't find better puppy management resource than Prism, I would absolutely try her fish oil suggestion - if he has a sensitive stomach at all, start out with small dose until you know it's ok with him. Fingers crossed that does the trick.


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Iím definitely going to follow yíallís advice! Will go now to look for the pamoate, and will add some fish oil. Is the fish oil you recommend the liquid bottles, and how much oil should I give him? I donít think he has a sensitive stomach, but will watch for it. I was thinking of transitioning him to adult soon, but was advised against it since he was still growing. I heard if it wasnít large breed puppy food that I should, but heís on the large breed formula. Itís 415 calories a cup, and I do see the sport is 465 per cup, but the normal adult is 396 cals. Luckily Iím in the south and there are several horse food stores around me. Iíll go look for the super 14! Thanks so much for all the information! I feel horrible I didnít catch this sooner. How long would yíall say itíd take for him to add another 5lbs?
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I don't think I would give both fish oil and super 14- that's a lot of fat!
FO easier to find, Super14 has more calories.

He'll probably all of a sudden one day look heavier to you. Maybe 2 weeks or so?
And the deworming would be good idea just in case I just can't remember what the brand name is for the kiddo pinworm (look @ ingredients be sure it's pyrantel pamoate and then figure out how much to give him to get the right# mg.) I buy a large Columbia Labs bottle a year- pinworm size is much smaller.

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I’m out now shopping. I went to Hollywood Feed and got the salmon oil pump. The lady’ there told me to give him 3-4 pumps per day. Does that sound about right? I’ll hold off on the super 15 then and try the oil for now. I’m still out trying to find the worm stuff. Walgreens didn’t have it, so I’ll try a couple more stores. He is taking heartguard plus, and it does have that ingredient in it. Do I need it anyway? He took his 1st dose of that a few days ago. I had had him on Advantage plus, but just switched to the heartguard.

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I gave him the oil. It says for his current weight to give 3-4 shots a day mixed in his kibble. Unless you guys think otherwise, I was planning on 4 shots total and divide it between his meals. This is a pick of the heart guard ingredients. I wanted to get your advice before giving it to him. I gave him the over 50lb pill.
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Don't give another Heartgard. The pyrantel in it is not enough to do more than kill whatever they picked up that month. And you wouldn't want to give him that much ivermectin, which is the active ingredient for the HWs. That's the amount for one time a month.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Reese-s-P...4aAgI9EALw_wcB
This is what I was thinking of, unless you want enough to dose him the rest of his life lol.

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