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A few days after I got Faíle (pronounced "fai-YEEL" - weird, I know) home, I noticed some butt-scooting going on. She also seemed to be eating (and pooping!) a lot, which was making house training a little more troublesome. I went and got some dewormer and gave it to her - which seemed to help for a few days. Then more butt-scooting.

I found out she'd been eating out cat's poo- and that our cat has worms. Gave the cat dewormer, then gave the dog some dewormer after we knew it was out of the cat's system. We've nipped the litterbox pilfering in the bud and she doesn't do that anymore.

The day after the dewormer (about a week ago), I noticed a big difference. 1.) she doesn't have the loose stool like she did, 2.) she can actually hold it now and doesn't need to go every hour! and 3.) She isn't eating as much.

I just put the food out and let her eat as much as she wants. Today she probably only ate a cup and some treats from when she went potty. She's only pooped twice today (once at 7:30am and once at 2pm)...I've been taking her out every 1-2hrs, but she just doesn't need to go.

I'm worried she isn't eating enough. She's still just as energetic and has been westling with the cat all day. There's been no changes in behaviors...
She's 12wks and, I'd guestimate about 14lbs. Is something wrong? :uhoh:

She's been doing great...hasn't pottied inside in 2 days (without being in crate!), hasn't chewed on anything but her toys in 2wks (had one incident with chewing of a wire 3wks ago...only once!) and sits on command.

Is this sort of thing normal? And is her growth okay? Thanks guys... and sorry for the long post! :wavey:

pic of when we got her home at 8wks:




Pic at 12wks (tonight!), relaxing after wrestling with the cat!





The "Before" to the "After" above. Bobble (the cat) has the patience of a saint. :doh:
 

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She is a little cutie and it sounds like she is doing great. It sounds like all is fine as long as she is eating, pooping, playing and peeing. You might get an accurate weight on her to be sure she isn't loosing weight.
 

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She sure isn't losing weight! I picked her up, and she's heavier than she was a few days ago... but still smaller than the growth chart that someone posted said she should be.

It's the first time I've raised a dog from a puppy...I always got them as adults. I just wanted to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong. It's a whole new experience for me!
 

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The growth chart is good but if she had smaller parents then she might be smaller. If she is eating drinking and playing then I would not worry. One thing to help stimulate her appetite if she is alittle to thin is get some low sodium broth and heat it up and poor alittle over the kibble. Dogs eat more by smell then taste.
 

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She MAY be a bit underweight, just keep an eye on the stools.If she had a case of a parasitic infection then she might need some time to catch up. Has she seen a vet? Is that where you got the dewormer?
 

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I haven't taken her to a vet yet since she had all her shots from the breeder - I was going to wait till I got her fixed at 6 months...but if her growth is abnormally slow, perhaps I should go earlier.

I got the dewormer at Petco.

Oh, and you can't see her ribs or anything. Feel them - yes, but not see them. I'll put some low-sodium broth on her food tomorrow and see if it helps. She sure doesn't hesitate to munch any treats, though...or anything that gets dropped on the floor that we can't get to before she does!
 

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Cute puppy! I think the chart is taken from average weight per age, maybe they should make the chart as a range. :)
 

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I think I'd make a vet appointment just to check her out. That would put your mind at ease and if there is a problem, catch it early. Not sure how reliable that over-the-counter wormer is.
 

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I agree, you really should have a well puppy exam. That's why I asked about the vet. Not to alarm you but dewormers won't get rid of all parasitic infections and something that you bought at a store may not work the greatest. If you can't afford to spend the money on an appt., consider calling a local vet to see if you can just do a drop in with a fecal to have it examined. Oh, and welcome to the forum! Cute puppy, too. :)
 
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