Quick question for you all, my Labrador pup is almost 4 months old now and I am worried about her being too skinny. She has her regular vet appointment tomorrow and this will be the first thing we talk about. Last visit a couple of weeks ago, the vet did not seem concerned about her weight but since then it seems she has only gained maybe 4 pounds. Her ribs are visible but I am most concerned about her being too skinny in the pelvis and hip area. Looking at other puppies in her obedience class she really seems skinny. At first I just thought it was her build but now I am wondering if I should change her formula.
I am feeding her the same kibble her breeder fed her, Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Formula. I am feeding her the prescribed amount, around 3 cups. I give her two thirds of it in a bowl twice a day and the other third in interactive ways like stuffed in a kong, a tug-a-jug or out of hand for training. She really goes for the stuff in the kong or jug. She eats in or around her crate and will eat about half the bowl and then run around and intermittently eat more but often will leave about half a cup of kibble in the bowl. Reading the list ingredients it seems like it has a lot stuff I cannot pronounce and generally if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t eat it. I wonder if the same should go for the dog.
She is very active, has lots of energy, gets plenty of exercise and training. She does not seem to be starving. Although it is like the kibble is going right through her. Currently, she will have four to five bowel movements a day. Is that too many? At about 12 weeks old she did have a short period of loose stools and the vet gave her some antibiotics that worked well.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a quality kibble for Alaskan dogs?