We have a beautiful, intelligent 13wk old chocolate Labrador. I have a few concerns about her general health & was hoping someone might be able to assist me?
We bought her from an interstate breeder & before we received her - we hadn't seen any pictures of her. My questions are:
1) at 13 weeks - she weighs 7.5kg / 16.5lbs - I can see her ribs, and she feels a little bony & looks a bit small in comparison to other lab puppies I have seen - does this age/weight seem a bit off?
2) the breeder had her on a puppy food called 'bonnie' - which I think is terrible - I'm just in the process of transitioning to Ivory Coat Puppy food (which is the Australian equivalent to Orijen) - she seems to have very flaky skin, so I am hoping the change will be good for her.
3) she has two very distinct colours on her coat - ever since the day we got her - her head and her neck area are a completely different colour to the rest of her body - is this normal for chocolate labs? I haven't seen this before - and I am feeling like the breeder may have taken advantage of the fact that we are interstate and hadn't seen her before we got her...? I don't think it's a sun issue - as its a distinct line where the colour changes. I'll try and attach a photograph to this post
Thanks so much for your help :-)
I think the color issue is sun bleaching.
Don't recognize the foods, so I assume you are in a different country.
Weight sounds normal.
But yes, you shouldn't have bought a puppy sight unseen.
Did the parents have all the necessary health clearances for your country??
I suppose the pup could be a brindle / mismark since that seems an odd age for that much shedding, but who knows??? I have no idea what an "interstate breeder" is, nor do I know anything about food brands in Australia.
A vet visit would be in order if you think the pup is unhealthy.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
Where in Aus do you live?
Each dog is different in what they weight. If you are worried I would see the vet. I see mine at this age so they get to know each other and have a check up. Vet clinics love puppies.
They can have different colours on their coat if they have been outside.
I think the colour thing could be an issue with the family history which i do not think would be an issue. Gaining weight may take time and especially considering that you got it from a breeder and are currently transitioning with the food. Again like someone has mentioned, different puppies also have different weight. So long as you are giving a proper diet, weight will pick up. supplements can help with preventing flaking and smoothing the skin and also boasting immunity.