My New Puppy Diary 52

puppy without muzzle

Age 25 weeks measurements

  • weight: 23.5 kg / 51.8 lb before meal and right after poop :-) (23 kg / 50.7 lb)
  • height: 60 cm / 23.6 in (60 cm / 23.6 in)
  • front leg length: 37 cm / 14.6 in (37 cm / 14.6 in)
  • hock to toe: 23 cm / 9 in (23 cm / 9 in)
  • chest circumference: 72 cm / 28.3 in (72 cm / 28.3 in)
  • neck circumference: 43 cm / 16.9 in (43 cm / 16.9 in)
  • tail length: 45 cm / 17.7 in (45 cm / 17.7 in)
  • breath rate rest: 24 (58)
  • heart rate rest: 108 (108)

Did you notice? NO CHANGE other than weight (and only half a kilo/ one pound), and of course breath rate. Breath rate is incredibly low for a puppy this age. But it can happen, nothing to worry about. What does concern me slightly though is that I hear some unidentifiable extra sound every third heartbeat, and sort of an echo with every breath. I will auscultate the puppy again later, and I'll note down if I still hear unusual sounds.

Last week I showed you my pup's first hot spot and that it developed into a blood spot. I couldn't tell the cause, and I was speculating if it could anything have to do with the Seresto flea and tick collar that the puppy got barely two weeks earlier - just because I couldn't think of anything else. Now, before you get a bottle of wine to cope with your excitement: I still don't know the cause, no. However, maybe you can give me a hint now?

hind feet hot spotsThe puppy developed another hot spot symmetrically on the right hindfoot! I don't know why, but I know that the symmetry of the hot spots means that they are not caused by intoxication from the Seresto collar.

I've asked the hospital head vet whether the puppy might have a hormonal issue, but she declined: Hormonal issues do show symmetrically on the skin, yes, but they show as symmetric hair loss only, not as hot spots that develop into bloody hot spots.

Interesting, huh? I couldn't find this level of detail online - which means you won't find it elsewhere either.

The hospital vet suggested that the puppy might be rubbing his feet along the sidewalk, but I rebutted that: We are not coming from the streets. Or say, we aren't walking along the sidewalk long enough for the puppy to develop a round, bloody hot spot.

I myself was thinking whether the pup might be rubbing his feet against one another while he's walking. I visually checked his gait, and although a funny gait like all GSDs seem to have, I couldn't determine that any part of one foot is hitting that part of the other foot where it is inflamed. Also, in such case the counterpart (the part that does the rubbing) would then show wear as well. :idea: I guess I may need to study any footage where I filmed Miguel while he's walking in front of me. Though, as you may remember from my earlier frustration, such footage will be hard to find: He still hates to walk in front of me.

puppy lunchLunchtime. Here's what this German Shepherd puppy is eating:

  • turkey
  • chicken
  • red cabbage
  • courgette/zucchini
  • carrot
  • celery
  • cottage cheese
  • yoghurt
  • strawberries
  • and garnished with a slice of his favorite ham leg sausage

You cannot buy this kind of dog food in a kibble bag or tin. And this dog food doesn't cost $13.30 a pound / $29.32 a kilo (when more time has passed, I plan to summarize the cost to feed Miguel this healthy homemade diet). Note that this homemade diet is not organically sourced, but at least it is fresh foods - real foods - bought from budget supermarkets.

This dog food is entirely free of meat waste, grain waste, fillers, binding agents, emulsifiers, preservatives, color and flavor additives and other additives, hormones, antibiotics, steroids, styrofoam, plastic wrap, phenobarbital and other barbiturates, pesticides, and toxic substances from rendering plants!

And with a bit of practice, this kind of dog food is served in under a minute, and steamed while you're watching tennis, reading the paper, having a toilet stop, or whatever else you fancy. From kibble to this kind of dog food requires a mind shift, not a bigger wallet, and not more hours in the day.

Here I want to find out which dessert my puppy likes more, pear or banana?

And this spoiled puppy always gets to lick out the kefir pot (on top of sometimes getting kefir in his meal):

From the beginning I have admitted my inconsistency (and why) - note that I recommend the opposite: Aim to be consistent! Unfortunately, my inconsistency hasn't improved a bit: I've now fallen in love with yet another way of being inconsistent, and it clearly is not my recommended Feeding Routine:

There are meals where I only serve the veggies, fruit, yoghurt, and say rice or whatever in the eat-slow bowl, while all of the meat part I throw to my "catcher in the kitchen" (I'm not throwing rye yet). But this is only if he catches enough. Because when we play "catch" with food, I stop the moment the puppy misses a meat chunk (he wants me to continue, so I'm hoping that over time this "game" will improve his catch skill). If his miss comes too soon, I'll still put meat in the bowl as well.

Speaking of feeding: Our GSD subscriber database shows that most obese GSDs are being raised in the USA. But even from locals here I've heard quite a bit: "He's skinny!". In case you also think so, take note of what I am replying in this next footage here (it also gives insight in my incredible language skill): :lol:


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    Hi Tim,
    Sugar's breeders do "stud exchanges" with a German associate. From what I've seen, the dogs she receives are VERY much thinner than the ones she sends. Needless to say, they are much healthier LOOKING when she sends them back. My girls aren't obese, they burn way too many calories daily for that. They are a little heavier than Miguel looks, but they haven't been deathly ill either!


      They are heavier because they are older, no?
      Miguel will fill out over the next 12 months minimum - if he stays healthy!


    My first GSD was born with hip dysplasia and our vet told us thinner was better for her hips. She lived till 15, two years after a stroke at 13. From that experience, I learned to watch my dogs' weight. Miguel does not look skinny to me, he looks just right!

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