Join Date: Mar 2016
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Puppy not gaining weight....suggestions?
I recently got a second Havanese puppy. Her name is Hazel and she will be 11 weeks old on Tuesday. She's such a love bug and we adore her! She and my 1 year old Havanese Bentley have been getting along SO well. They love each other already, and getting a second dog was a great decision for us.
She had her checkup at the Vet last Thursday 4/20. She was perfectly healthy, except the vet said she is about 10% underweight which was alarming for me, given that I'm already an overprotective momma (she's only 2.3 lbs). She hadn't gained any weight since her last vet visit with the breeder, which was on 4/3....and actually lost .2 lbs. Vet checked her stool for parasites/worms, which came back negative.
I had been feeding her dry puppy food (Lifes Abundance, which was what the breeder had her on). I would soak it to make it slightly soft, and let her eat as much as she wanted 3 times a day. I've notice don't that she doesn't like if it's too mushy...for some reason she prefers the crunch. However she isn't nearly as good of an eater as Bentley was at that age. The vet suggested I leave dry food in her ex-pen all day, which I've been doing in addition to meals three times a day. I've also been giving her some wet food (Merrick puppy plate) which she gobbled up at first, but sometimes is still picky with. For instance today she just picked at it for dinner. In addition I now give her a little high calorie vitamin paste with each meal.
Any other suggestions on how to make sure she gains the proper amount of weight?