by GSCat on 08 July 2017 - 21:07
My 18 month old Czech WL GSD is perfect/awesome/all-the-other-possible-owner-applied-bragging-words-possible... except she's skinny. The best measurement I could get (wiggggggggggly!!!!) is she's 22 inches, but might be a little less. But she only weighs 41 pounds. From the side, she looks OK, although lean, and from the top, she looks OK, although lean. But I can see her hip bones from the back. I've read the Czech working lines mature more slowly, and that females won't actually be mature until 2.5 to 3 years old. My GSD does still seem a lot more like a puppy in both structure and than the other GSD I had did at her age.
She gets Orijen Puppy Large and Gut Sense Organic Probiotics/Enzymes for Dogs. I feed her as much as her body will tolerate (any more and she gets diarrhea), but it's less than the bag recommends, and it doesn't matter if I feed her once, twice, or more often during the day. If she gets more than a specific total amount in any one day, her poo gets loose/runny. If we're going to be training, I save out a little of her food and use that for treats (she absolutely loves her food).
The vet that treated her for this year's giardia is happy with her health now that she's over the giardia (grrrrrrrr), but said she is on the thin side.
She got giardia last year, too (grrrrrr). The (emergency) vet (not the same one as this year) never said anything about probiotics/enzymes, and when she was over being sick, that was when the Orijen switched to the U.S. formula (BIG GRRRRRRR). So I don't know if her growth stall last year was from no probiotics/digestive enzymes during/after her Panacur last year, the Orijen formula change, or a combination. Or perhaps this normal (even though not average) for her heritage, and she'll gain weight (and maybe some height) as she finishes maturing.
Would upping her probiotics/enzymes to two capsules instead of the one help?
Is there a Czech working line GSD specific growth chart?
If she is under the breed standard, will a conformation judge DQ her for not meeting minimum weight and maybe height if s/he sees she is not yet fully mature? We can't do a performance event because she'll be in heat, but there's a no-points conformation show coming up that's less than a day's drive so she can experience crowds/competition in preparation for her BH and IPO.
by Fantom76 on 08 July 2017 - 22:07
by GSCat on 08 July 2017 - 22:07
The vet checked her for EPI, worms, diabetes, a bunch of other stuff, and gave her a clean bill of health.
by Fantom76 on 09 July 2017 - 01:07
It never hurts to get a second opinion.
by Q Man on 09 July 2017 - 02:07
You didn't say but do you have a Working line or Showline GSD?
by Koots on 09 July 2017 - 03:07
How old is your dog?
by Reliya on 09 July 2017 - 04:07
by Reliya on 09 July 2017 - 04:07
by Hundmutter on 09 July 2017 - 05:07
You pointed out yourself, OP, that WL are known to often take time to develop and mature; it isn't as though the GSD is a rapidly growing breed, 'finished' at a year like some breeds of dog are, in any case.
Relax ! You are doing the right things, everything has checked out at the vets, you may consider finding a food which bulks her up a little more than what you are using but that is a bit hit & miss, so you need to consider
whether that is really better for her digestive system long term ?
Give her a little more time, I suspect she is never going to be a huge animal but that is down to genetics and early nurture, as much as it is about the later ownership of any dog. She will, I expect, put on 'body' and weight gradually, as you continue to give her the necessary exercise. Be guided by your eyes to a large extent, if she 'looks OK' as you say she does, don't worry about her pin bones showing a bit, for at least 3 more months. And remember, you do no favours to the dog by piling more weight on her than necessary.
by Koots on 09 July 2017 - 14:07
18 months - IMO the dog should be on adult food.