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Puppy Weight Related Questions

When bringing a new puppy home how does one know if a lack in appetite is just an adjustment to their new environment of if there are underlying issues? Is my puppy developing at a normal rate? There are many factors that can contribute to a decrease in puppy weight. Are we offering the proper foods and nutrition that a dog requires? An Expert may have insight to various causes and symptoms of a loss in puppy weight. Read below where many questions have been answered by Experts regarding a puppy’s weight.

Where can one find growth charts in monitoring the growth of a puppy to avoid overfeeding?

There may be various web sites or your veterinarian may have available puppy weight charts for a specific breed in monitoring your pet’s development.

If one puppy in the litter is not gaining weight what should an individual do?

Tracking each puppy weight is important in knowing if they are receiving adequate amounts of milk when feeding. According to a puppy weight chart, a growing puppy should gain at a rate of 10% of their birth weight each day. It may be that the puppy, even though going through the motions of nursing, may not be receiving adequate nourishments of 22 to 26 cc (cubic centimeters) of formula each day for proper development. There may be milk replacements available at your veterinarian or pet food supply that will supplement the nourishment needed in order for your puppy weight to increase that may eventually catch them up with the other puppies.

How does an individual know if they are feeding a malnutrition puppy enough?

In monitoring puppy weight each day they should show slight weight gain. Puppies being active and energetic may burn off what they eat very quickly. Each manufacturer has different recommended feedings and portions required for the foods they designed in offering a pet the nourishment they need. Follow the directions of the manufacturer making slight adjustments as your puppies appetite may increase. Offering feedings at night may not be necessary if your puppy weight is increasing. Your new puppy will be visiting frequently with your veterinarian in receiving their puppy shots and this would be a good time to review a puppy weight chart in reassuring your pet is receiving adequate nourishment.

A new born puppy rejected at birth is being supplemented with puppy milk replacement, in that the puppy did not receive the necessary antibiotics passed on through the mother’s milk is the puppy going to be okay?

Many supplements will offer a puppy the nutrients they need. Keeping the puppy healthy and fed is your main goal. In that another dog is nurturing and caring for the puppy, all you will have to do is to supplement feedings every 2 to 3 hours. There is no set amount to offer your puppy as they will eat until they are full. As long as your puppy appears to be healthy, normal and puppy weight continues to increase, these are signs of progress. Due to the stress of delivery, probiotics may be offered in replacement of the intestinal bacteria that a puppy will later develop on his own.

A puppy treated for a respiratory infection and quiet heart, eats other animals stool and is not eating their own food, thus not receiving the calories and nourishment they need, what should an individual do?

Intestinal parasites contracted through the consumption of animal fecal matter can affect appetite and puppy weight. A respiratory infection may diminish the sense of smell that may trigger hunger in one’s pet. The quiet heart may be a result of the respiratory infection sounds masking the sound of a heartbeat. An increase in appetite may result once the antibiotic takes hold. A calorie supplement may be offered until your pet’s appetite for their food increases. A follow up with your veterinarian may offer insight of the progression in their pet’s symptoms.

We may not fully understand the environment our new puppies have been exposed to since birth. In that they may experience normal weight loss due to the change in environment or maybe there were some health issues associated with the liter, no one can be sure. A consultation with a veterinarian may offer early detection of weight loss in a new puppy that may suggest a treatment in giving your puppy a jump start in their development. For more information regarding a puppy’s weight, many individuals can turn to the Experts for answers and reliable information.
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