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puppies are not growing

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by tjmturbo05, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

    Hi I'm new to here and hoping to find out some information about my 2 pups. My wife and I got them at about 7 weeks old and they are now about 5 months old now and are literally 9 and 10lbs... we changed up on their food a while back and they seem to have grown some but not much at all. I'm wondering if we aren't doing something right or our new suspicion of if they were inbreded? of coarse we were told they weren't but I don't know so much any more.. can any one help at all. Thanks and they are American pits.. thanks
  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    You need to take them to a vet. It could be any number of things. Parasites, genetic diseases, malnutrition, etc. Take them in ASAP. Can you post some pictures?

    And inbreeding doesn't always cause problems, it could however have to do with genetic illness as inbreeding doubles up on genes, including poor ones.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 4, 2015
  3. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    My first thought is worms... but the vet, ASAP, is definitely the first order of business.
  4. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Got a picture of your puppies?
  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Moved to Health and Nutritional Care Forum.

    Please take them to the vet!
  6. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

    Hi Again. Thanks for the quick responses. I'm definitely gonna call the vet and get them in asap.. I can't figure out how to send pics just yet. But I will post as soon as I do. Thanks again.
  7. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

  8. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

  9. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

    Hi. Pics posted
  10. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    They do look underweight to me. You shouldn't be able to see hips and spine like that. A little rib is okay, but I prefer to keep my pups plump. How much are you feeding and what food? Are you getting them into the vet soon? It's very important as malnutrition at this age can permanently stunt growth and cause life-long issues.
  11. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    OMG they are tiny for 5 months [​IMG]
    That was my pup at 16 weeks 26 lbs
  12. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Yes, but keep in mind that you have a purebred pedigreed AmStaff. These puppies clearly did not come from a responsible breeder and they aren't purebred. Could easily have something smaller mixed in. That being said they do look boney to me.

    Just to put things in perspective, my puppy is 16 weeks old and 16 lbs. His father is 50 lbs chainweight. Mom is about 45.
  13. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    ^^ Congrats on the new pup, btw! Not to go too OT here, lol.
  14. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    They do look rather small, Trin (Staffy) is almost 18 weeks now and twice the size of those pups. Vet would be priority #1 if it were me as they really look to skinny.

    Heres Trin sitting next to my mom at 17 1/2 weeks, this pic was taken a few days ago..


  15. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog


    Those puppies are either being underfed, full of parasites, have some kind of illness or a combination of them.

    Get them to the vet ASAP. I would take them first thing tomorrow.
  16. tjmturbo05

    tjmturbo05 Puppy

    I forget the brand. But try to feed them each a cup in morning and afternoon and a little less in evening
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  18. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    You're going to have to start your own thread.

    OP, have you taken these puppies to the vet and are you absolutely certain that they're as old as you think they are? What date did you get them, and how certain are you of their age at that time? Do you have photos of when you first got them? They do look underweight to me, and I see what appears to be muscle wasting as well, so this is a serious issue regardless of whether they're possibly smaller mixed breeds or not.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 4, 2015
  19. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    As everyone else has said- these babies NEED A VET!
    not next week, but TOMORROW, dont bother making an appointment, just take them in to be seen.
    Everything about those puppies looks bad.
    I wish you the very best of luck and please keep us updated n them
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