3 months male puppy 8kg in weight ,eating very little parents are very big dogs

by Kevin
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at 10 weeks

at 10 weeks

at 10 weeks
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hi, my 3 months old rottweiler puppy is 8 kg in weight and eats very little and no rib cage appearing but stomach well tucked in.

I got him when he was 5 weeks and was completley underweight does not eat dry food at all always eating a little of meat thats' it. hH is very active ,both his parents are of good bloodline and show winners also they are very big in size.

I'm worried he might get health issues in future with this low weight/growth kindly do advise me if it's normal or what steps i have to take to get him to eat.

thank you.




Hi Kevin
8 kgs at 3 months is definitely below average for a Rottweiler pup, but from the photos you've submitted he doesn't LOOK particularly skinny or underweight, so it could be that his bone size is appropriate to his development right now.

More worrying is that he isn't eating enough, and a little bit of meat won't provide the nutrients he needs. Large breed puppies grow very quickly and it's important that they get the right amount of nutrition in order to support that growth and development.

I'm not sure what type of puppy food there is available in your region, but you need to find a way to either get him to eat a premium puppy food (even if you need to mix it with some meat/broth etc.) or to feed him a balanced home-made diet that includes all the food groups he needs.

My Feeding Puppies page has lots of information on the recommended diet for large breed pups, and my Best Puppy Food page features some of the best premium food.

If these foods aren't available to you, you might want to check out this webpage... Feed Program For Overseas. It has tons of great information that will help you get your pup the balanced diet he needs.

As for future health problems, as long as you can make sure he gets a balanced diet and he is also fully vaccinated and protected from parasites, both internal (worms) and external (fleas and ticks), and gets regular veterinary care he should be fine.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with your pup.

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Sep 04, 2012
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Is there any update to this ??? how is the dog not? My rott was the very same a very fussy eater from the time we got him at 8 weeks.... At 7 months we were tols he had an enlarged heart turns out a valve in the heart didn't grow enough for the blood to pump around, it's just one of those things the vet said and its not heart decease which does run in the breed.. Our fella is now 12 months and on 19 tablets a day to keep him alive!!!!! and we don't know how much longer we will have him... Bring the dog to your vet just for peace of mind as we didn't get ant signs of something wrong till he was 7 months...




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the vet conformed him to have 2+ e canis on blood test, now am ever more worried to know if this will affect the puppy.any one have experience with e canis?

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