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Old 01-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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i have a staffy pup at 17 weeks old that i have just rescued she is very underweight and i dont have a clue the best way to get her fattend up i have a brother of hers from the same litter but didnt know how badly treated she was till i got her tonight can any1 help please visiting the vet with her first thing in the morning, forgot to say my other the pup the male is a very healthy weight and i feed him on fish for pups so started feeding the bitch on that as well any other suggestions

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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That depends, is she just underweight or is she having a hard time keeping food down? I am not a vet FYI.... just sharing my experience

If its just her weight, there is no need to rush to "fatten her up" get her started on a healthy raw diet. (RAW is just my personal prefrence) Soon she will balance out to a normal weight.

If its tummy trouble, what works for my pug is homemade chicken and rice, obviously with no spices or anything, just bland cooked chicken and plain white rice.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #3
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the person i got her from said she wasnt keeping anything down but i have had her for an hour or so now and gave her a small amount of fish for puppies and she has kept that down so thinking small amounts of that every hour till her apetite grows may be the best way forward

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I think you are on the right track.
Just numerous small meals.
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Have you taken her to the vet?

If not, I would do that just to make sure there's no health issues that are preventing her from gaining weight or causing her to be so skinny, especially if the person who had her before you said she was throwing up. She could have a serious disease like parvovirus if she hasn't had her shots, or she could have an intestinal block, or parasites.

If the vet clears her for any issues like that, then you'll need to feed her small amounts of food frequently throughout the day. Her stomach can't handle a large portion like a normal dog. Make sure she's getting a high quality puppy food and you might want to consider supplementing her with a vitamin and extra calcium. She's still growing and malnutrition could cause harm to her developing body.
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i am taking er to the vet first thing in the morning she hasnt had any jags yet so gonna get her first set done tommorow as i said lady who had her didnt do anything with any of the pups and it was a litter of 9 i took 2 males at 8 weeks old and now have little becky because she does not have the time to give becky the attention she needs and deserves.

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Hi weebit and welcome to the forum Iam with Sugardog on this get her to vets to give her a health check! Just to be on the safe side There's plenty of time for her to gain some extra weight what is her current weight? We have a resident food guru (Vagreys) on here who should be around later to offer their valuable opinion. I too have a staffy and have kept her weight at around 15 - 16kg I don't want her podgy as this can cause further health problems in later life such as bad leg joints etc Lets us know how you get on at the vets and good luck
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weebit, welcome to the Forum! Bless you for rescuing these pups. Taking her to the vet is the best thing you can possibly do for her at this point, along with small meals. Please keep us updated and let us know what the vet says. In my opinion only, I sure hope the lady gets her female dog fixed. A litter of 9 unwanted and unhealthy pups is a lot of pups to find homes for.

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weebit, welcome to the Forum! Bless you for rescuing these pups. Taking her to the vet is the best thing you can possibly do for her at this point, along with small meals. Please keep us updated and let us know what the vet says. In my opinion only, I sure hope the lady gets her female dog fixed. A litter of 9 unwanted and unhealthy pups is a lot of pups to find homes for.
Iam with you Dee on a litter of unwanted/unheathy pups and it just isn't worth it plus you need a good knowlege of good breeding practices and is not for the faint hearted either Thank you for bringing this very important point up Dee
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taking little becky to the vets today in about an hour or so, she has had some food this morning and her stomach seems more settled than it was last nite any tips on getting her to drink as she not drank much at all since we got her last night, so glad i took her last nite the lady wanted me to wait till wed but i said i would take her last nite didnt realise how ill she was or i would have taken her with the 2 boys weeks ago

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