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Oliver’s 16 week vet visit

Hey all! So, he’s 6 lbs and very healthy (is this big or small at 16 weeks? My breeder estimated 10-11 lbs full grown), had the rest of his puppy shots and a microchip. He does have an ear infection though 😞 she gave us some drops & cleanser and recommends a groomer pluck his ear hair. I do baths and toenails etc but can’t bring myself to pluck ear hair. I really hope this isn’t a recurring problem.
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Hey all! So, heís 6 lbs and very healthy (is this big or small at 16 weeks? My breeder estimated 10-11 lbs full grown),
Sounds like things are going great! Congratulations!

Regarding weight, Ricky weighed 9 lbs at 9 months and bulked up to 15 lbs by the time he was 18/24 months. This is rather large for a Havanese male. His Vet says he is a perfect weight for his muscular stature with just the right amount of fat on him. So my GUESS is Oliver is going to be a bit larger than 11 pounds as an adult but so much depends on his heredity and build. For example, I grew earlier than those in my age group and was pretty much full grown at age 16 while my friends continued to grow past me into their late teens and beyond.

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Thank you, Ricky’s Popi! Ricky is absolutely adorable! You might be right about Oliver’s weight, considering that at this point he has gotten much longer, but is still really thin, as in you can feel his ribs easily and his legs are just now feeling less fragile to me. He will have to fill out to match his length soon. I’m not concerned about it, I just find these size differences so fascinating. And the one girl in my breeder’s litter was so tiny compared to the boys, so there’s that.
He was 4 lbs at 11 weeks, so he’s gained two lbs in 5 weeks! We walk a mile or more a day, and he gets a lot of exercise in general because we have children ranging from 3-16.
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They say to double the weight at four months to get an estimate of adult weight so twelve pounds might be a good guess, which is close to what your breeder thought. Molly was the only girl in a litter of seven and was the tiniest of the bunch. She was four pounds at four months and eventually topped off at 7.5 lbs. Molly has also had ear infections. My vet has a different take on ear hair plucking. She feels that plucking can actually increase the chance of infection and does not advise it unless the dog has especially hairy ears. Oliver is sooo cute!



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Hey all! So, heís 6 lbs and very healthy (is this big or small at 16 weeks? My breeder estimated 10-11 lbs full grown), had the rest of his puppy shots and a microchip. He does have an ear infection though 😞 she gave us some drops & cleanser and recommends a groomer pluck his ear hair. I do baths and toenails etc but canít bring myself to pluck ear hair. I really hope this isnít a recurring problem.
I have read pros and cons on plucking ear hair. I am wondering what this group recommends. I have never plucked the hairs in my dogs ears ever and they have never had yeasty ears or any infection. I have groomed them myself for many years. A long time ago a groomer plucked my yorkieís ear hairs and that summer he got ticks inside his ears. I figure the hair inside the ears helps keep things out, however I do not really know. Since then I have groomed them myself and leave the ear hairs alone. I figure if things arenít broke, no need in fixing anything.
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Yeah honestly it didn’t seem important, except he does have quite a bit of hair in his ears and he already has an infection we’re treating. Because of that, we actually might have something that needs to be fixed, if you know what I mean. Or maybe it’s a one off thing. I’m going to text the groomer for her opinion. I hope it’s just a one time thing, but I would really hate to do nothing if he’s prone to them and ear plucking/ shaving would help.
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Last time I was at the groomer's she said that the latest industry recommendation is not to pluck but to trim them a bit - so she doesn't pluck unless specifically requested by an owner, but she does trim his a little to thin them out a bit. I groom in between (he visits the groomer when we're in the US every 6 months) and I only comb the hair from the inside of his ears so it doesn't get matted.

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Thanks! She actually did say trimming the area would help. So maybe that's the solution.
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I was told by my breeder to pluck but do it conservatively, I think because her dogs do tend to have more ear hair and it can help prevent ear infections. I bought the stuff to do it but I was too scared. My dog has a very dense coat but it’s not quite as thick around his ears, although they are pretty hairy. He doesn’t have all of his ear hair plucked, they thin it just enough so that I can see what I’m doing while I’m cleaning them (which I’m terrible about doing lately). I wouldn’t do it unless there’s a specific reason, but it sounds like there is.

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We had the ear infection check & it’s gone thank god. Almost 2 weeks later he’s 6 lbs 3 oz. I think his growth might be slowing down. He was 4 lbs at 11 weeks, 6 lbs at 16 and 6 lbs 3 oz at 18. Hope the ear thing was a one off thing.
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