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    Well..I'm going to hope the vet is correct. But keep the other possibilities in your mind. @Bella'sMom will help you and we will follow your updates. She is a precious baby..so lucky to have you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilcrate View Post
    Well the vet seems to think she was probably just being under fed. He wants me to get her on some decent food and up her food intake a little, then see what she weighs in 2 weeks. He did give me a package baggy to put her stool sample in to check for worms. She was 36 lbs. He said her knee caps were out of socket as well.
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    Little and feisty is how my little one is. Orion is 2 and 1/2 and weighs 32 pounds. Some will say she is too skinny...but the vet says she's perfect. We feed Nature's Logic..but we are changing to a grain free food next month. Here is a photo of her...






    A general rule of thumb when determining if your pup is too thin, just right or chubby........hold out your hand and make a fist. Going across the knuckles...if the ribs resemble your knuckles, too thin. Move toward your wrist about an inch to 1.5 inches. Run your finger over the bones. If your dogs ribs feel like that..perfect. Now move down further to your wrist. If you cant feel any part of the ribs...too fat.

    Although Orion looks too skinny in this next photo...you are seeing her waist line, no ribs. I do believe Orion likes to 'suck it in' when I pull out the camera. In this photo...she is stretched out. I promise you..the last thing I would ever do is let one of my babies starve or hurt.


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    Make sure you get her on a good food. Check out the food ratings here in EBN. Vets do not get nutritional courses in school, they depend on the sales person walking in their front door. Research deeply, the right food will be a blessing.

    I hope she is fine. I just feel that 3 cups a day would be enough. My 10yr, Abby gets 2 cups a day and she is by far a skinny mini. Bella get 2 1/2, but we give her a little extra due to her not digesting completely. Keep us informed.

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    to EBN. I didn't comment earlier as I didn't want to interfere with the advice you were getting. Thanx for joining. As you see, there is a wealth of info here. Diet is very very important to bullies so please check the food rating here on EBN as it was put together just for bullies. Make sure you switch to the new food slowly. If you don't know how to do that, ask in a new thread and I'll explain it. Your 'baby' has the sweetest face and I hope you post more pix of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
    Little and feisty is how my little one is. Orion is 2 and 1/2 and weighs 32 pounds. Some will say she is too skinny...but the vet says she's perfect. We feed Nature's Logic..but we are changing to a grain free food next month. Here is a photo of her...






    A general rule of thumb when determining if your pup is too thin, just right or chubby........hold out your hand and make a fist. Going across the knuckles...if the ribs resemble your knuckles, too thin. Move toward your wrist about an inch to 1.5 inches. Run your finger over the bones. If your dogs ribs feel like that..perfect. Now move down further to your wrist. If you cant feel any part of the ribs...too fat.

    Although Orion looks too skinny in this next photo...you are seeing her waist line, no ribs. I do believe Orion likes to 'suck it in' when I pull out the camera. In this photo...she is stretched out. I promise you..the last thing I would ever do is let one of my babies starve or hurt.

    Thanks for the info. I think your dog looks much more proportionate than mine. She is just a smaller dog. I will do what you said and see what I get.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Hello,
    Welcome. Don't panic. Many people here have experience with many different issues. Read everyones opinions, but carefully decide before you make any decisions. Work with your vet or someone in your area that can be hands on as part of this.
    You said she was about 45 pounds. This is just shy of the normal lower range, but depending on how TALL and her body size it is hard to tell just from the weight number. The phsyical descriptions you give are more telling.
    Different dog food produce different color. But it is the texture to look at. A stool sample can be quickly processed at the vet or sent out and results in 1 day.
    Compare the nutrient analysis of the dog foods and again work with your vet on a program and plan. It is much easier to get weight ON a dog than get it off.

    Don't panic, be educated.
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    Yes get the fecal test, did you give a sample already? It could be a parasite or giardia too. Hope it is just weight loss but best to cover the poo and make certain, cute bully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABEBD View Post
    Hello,
    Welcome. Don't panic. Many people here have experience with many different issues. Read everyones opinions, but carefully decide before you make any decisions. Work with your vet or someone in your area that can be hands on as part of this.
    You said she was about 45 pounds. This is just shy of the normal lower range, but depending on how TALL and her body size it is hard to tell just from the weight number. The phsyical descriptions you give are more telling.
    Different dog food produce different color. But it is the texture to look at. A stool sample can be quickly processed at the vet or sent out and results in 1 day.
    Compare the nutrient analysis of the dog foods and again work with your vet on a program and plan. It is much easier to get weight ON a dog than get it off.

    Don't panic, be educated.
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    The family told me she was 45 lbs. After visiting the vet she turned out to be 36 lbs. Thanks for your help.

    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    Yes get the fecal test, did you give a sample already? It could be a parasite or giardia too. Hope it is just weight loss but best to cover the poo and make certain, cute bully!
    Thanks, I did get a sample. I am dropping it off at the vet tomorrow morning.

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    What do you all think about the vet saying her knee caps were out of place?

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    I have no idea. Does that mean problems with her knees from now on? I don't have any experiance with it. Personally I would get her back on track weight wise. If she is lacking in nutrients etc...that will affect her entire body and immune system. See how she is once she is back on track, unless something happens or she is in pain with it.

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