February 8th, 2006, 10:01 PM
Hi there, I have a 2 yr old Black Lab that I have just rescued. She had puppies 8 weeks ago and is extremely thin. I realize some of that may be from nursing the puppies (10) but she seems really thin. I have her on a good quality food with Omega 3. Is there anything else I can do to help her out?? Seems she was deprived of food and water (for how long I don't know) Also her coat seems to be thin and coarse (more then usual for a lab).
She is no longer nursing as the puppies were taken, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
February 8th, 2006, 10:39 PM
I would put her on puppy food for awhile. She should have been on puppy food while she was pregnant and while nursing.
February 8th, 2006, 10:39 PM
What does the vet say about her thinness? Has she been checked since you've had her?
February 9th, 2006, 09:42 AM
I just got Sara on Friday, I have yet to take her to the vet, will be calling them today and hopefully get in today. I may take her to the college here where they have a vet, it is an animal teaching facility and they do this all the time, if there is space they will give her a head to toe, they quite often take in animals that are on "death row" and send them to foster care until they find them a home. They work closely with the local animal rescue foundation.
February 9th, 2006, 11:07 AM
Poor poor girl. Starving and having 10 puppies!!
Yes, give her puppy food - many small feedings a day. You can add some cottage cheese as well.
Then put her on a premium dog food. I hope she'll be okay!
February 9th, 2006, 11:17 AM
A high energy food may also be an option as the protein and fat content is even higher than most puppy foods. Also add in a vitamin E capsule to build her immune system.
February 10th, 2006, 10:49 AM
Agree with Lucky Rescue; when Abby was diagnosed diabetic and dropped from 15 lbs. to under 11. one of the members on the site recommended "cottage cheese" and said if this didn't put weight on her; there were other issues involved medically. Thankfully, it worked; I just mixed it in with her other food.
Do you have any idea how much Sara weighs?
February 10th, 2006, 02:46 PM
We adopted our dog from a shelter where she had given birth to puppies 9 weeks prior to our adopting her. While at the shelter (for a total of 4 months) she was fed 3 cups of food a day so I agree with the others who have said to increase her food intake as she should have been fed a large amount while pregnant and nursing. Our dog now weighs 37-40 lbs. She too had thinning fur when we first brought her home but we were told by the shelter owners that that can be normal for a momma dog. About a year later, her thicker, fuller Australian Shepard coat grew in. She's now a happy, healthy furry girl!
February 11th, 2006, 10:25 AM
I would say Sara weighs aroung 50-60 lbs, but that is just a guess. She seems to be getting better, although she does have a bit of the runs still. Her coat is becoming nice and shiny and she is lapping up all her love.
This is my Sara!
February 12th, 2006, 08:04 PM
Aw!! She's a sweetie! :)
February 13th, 2006, 07:52 AM
Oh she's so pretty...what a fantastic face!
I'm glad she's feeling a bit better and starting to recover. In the pics her coat is looking pretty shiny!
She seems very lucky to have found you.
February 14th, 2006, 09:35 AM
I think we are pretty lucky to have found her, she is getting lots of exercise and eating really good now. No more diarehha and yes her coat is very shiny now, I have been giving her a little cottage cheese, not her favorite thing, and her food has the Omega 3. When we got her she had a lot of sores around her neck and with the help of some old fashioned yellow sauv(sp?) which in my opinion is great for animals sores, she is healing quite nicely. Thank you to everyone for your tips and advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!