|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 8:28am PST |
|Hello there I realize you've had numerous responses, but I really wanted to share our experience with you, and I hope it helps Princess Zelda! (Love the name btw! My (1st 4-legged niece) brother's Ridgeback is named Zelda hehe).
We had the same weight issue with our male Weimaraner when we transitioned him from Orijen Large Breed Puppy to an adult dog food (various Acana formulas). It was extremely frightening, as he lost 7 lbs in just a few weeks, but he also had perfectly normal labwork from the vet. While were trying to search for a solution, he continued to lose weight, to the extent that he appeared emaciated (his ribs/hip bones were extremely pronounced & protruding). We couldn't cut-back on his exercise/activity, because he would become extremely frustrated, anxious & destructive.
FORTUNATELY we ran into a fellow passionate Weim owner one day while we had Odin out canoeing with us, who also had the same problem gaining/maintaining weight with his male Weim. His solution: only feeds puppy food & supplements with canned food. Unfortunately the canned food supplements can be costly, let alone the cost of hollistic/natural pet foods.
** What worked/works for us: We transitioned him back to Orijen Large Breed Puppy & supplemented with 1 can of EVO per day until he was back up to a healthy weight (vet & nutritionist cautioned not to exceed 4lbs/mo weight-gain). Now we just feed him between 2c - 2.25c of Orijen LB Pup, 2x/day & he looks great! Muscular & athletic, but still has the lean-looking curves that are appropriate for his breed.
If you are still searching for a solution for Zelda, then I hope this information helps your beautiful little girl. Good luck!
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