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Aussie Doesn't Seem To Be Growing

by Matt
(NC)

Our Aussie, Boomer, is a tri-color male 8 mos old. The last month he has seemed to stop growing. Last month at the vet he weighted 36 pounds and now maybe weights 40 pounds if that. Also at the dog park we also another Aussie who was 10 months old and towered over Boomer. Do Aussies hit a second growth spurt after 8 months? Both his parents were 60+ pounds.

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Growth Spurt
by: Juno's mom

I'm not sure if it's normal for a second growth spurt, but our blue merle definitely had one. Her parents were in the 40-50lb range and her siblings are all around that size as well. We had to switch to a limited ingredient food because we found out when she was about two years old that she's allergic to chicken byproduct meal that's common in a lot of popular foods. She gained 20lbs in three months...and not fat either. She grew in height and mass. She's 70lbs now and has been for about a year and a half. We were concerned at first, but the vet said it's not abnormal for any breed of dog to bulk up like that based on their diet.

Not to worry
by: Kristi

My Aussie is full grown and only 42 lbs. Vets say he's perfect weight. Sometimes can get thick and put on weight after they are nuetered but that's not always healthy. I wouldn't worry too much unless there are other things happening. If he's eating well and active he should be great :)

puppy
by: gayle--big run aussies

At 8 months your pup pretty much has his full growth in height and will be filling out until he is about 3. That is one of the things that is so wonderful about Aussies: they are all different!

7 months not growing and eating little
by: Claire

Hi my Aussie, Bruce is now 7 months and appears to have stopped growing or gaining weight. At feeding times he could take it or leave it. He eats when he wants to and is never really hungry. I took him to the vet at the beginning about his not eating so they did a parasite check, all fine.
Do I simply change his diet, currently on Monge (we live in Italy) It's not that he doesn't like it as on occasion Will eat the whole bowl. Strangely when my boyfriend comes over and gives Bruce his dinner, he will eat the whole lot almost in one sitting! Is this a case of Alpha Male?! Should I be worried about this? Advice please!

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