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Mini Aussie Puppy Growing Too Fast?

by Justin
(Freeport, NY, USA)

Hi, I like the web page and all the info. Question though if anybody can help. I have a mini Aussie puppy that's just over 16 weeks and is about 17 1/2 lbs.. At 11 weeks when I got her she was only 10 lbs.. Looking at your growth stats for Indie, mine was just slightly over Indie at 11 weeks but has gained much more weight compared to Indie. I am worried she is growing to fast.

Currently per vets orders, I am feeding her 1/2 cup 3x per day of holistic health extension dry food and 2 tablespoons 3x per day of holistic health extension wet food. Is this too much?

When this runs out I plan on switching her to Orijen food but still need to find a wet food. Also, I have read from many people to not give puppy food to mini Aussies because they will grow too fast.

The food I currently feed is for puppies and adults but when I switch to Orijen, they have a separate puppy food.

Any thoughts on all this? Thanks

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by: Anonymous

Do you know your pups parents...that might give you a clue to full growth size...our pup is 4 years old and weighs 17 pounds and is about 17 inches at her shoulders and her body is in good proportion...we feed her 1/3 cup 3x of Nature's Variety Healthy Weight dry food, this is about 300 kcal per day...she gets small amounts of extra healthy treats...this diet maintains her weight...I know pups need proportionally more food but I'd consider whether you pup is just gaining weight or is she also gaining stature and growing in proportion....Good luck with your pup....they are great companions

by: Anonymous

Hi. Wrangler is a four-year-old mini female, standing about 17 inches at the shoulder and weighing 26 pounds. (Considerably heavier than Dusty, above, I see; but, not obese by any means.) I looked up her vet records and found she weighed 6.5 lbs at 11 weeks and 10 lbs at 14 weeks. As the previous commenter suggested, you might look to the parents for a size idea.

I've never heard about not feeding puppy food to a mini pup. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me; seems a puppy would need that sort of nutrition to develop well.

Enjoy your pup, no matter what size. :-)

my mini
by: Anonymous

I too thought the same with my mini. She was 6 lb at 8 weeks. She is now 8 months and weighs 26 lb. Her weight gain slowed down considerably within the last month or two.

I feed her orijen puppy food. About 1 1/4 cup per day spread out in 3 meals and she gets pumpkin and yogurt and other veggies and fruits daily. Once she finishes this bag, I am planning to switch to adult food.

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