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      Growth Slowdown?

      Is there such a thing, opposite of growth spurt??? Annie is now 9 mos old and weighs 43.5#. She has weighed this for several weeks. She was on Purina Puppy Chow (27% protien, 12% fat) and we switched (over a couple of weeks) to Victor Select Professional All Life stages (26% protein, 18% fat) http://www.victordogfood.com/pdf/Brochure-Pro.pdf. We thought the higher fat content would help, and Puppy Chow did not get the greatest reviews. Many of the foods now appear to be the "all life stages" and since we have 2 Black Labs, I thought they could eat the same food. She eats 1-1/2 cups 2x/day mixed with 2TBSP of bone broth. She also gets some people food. Stools are formed, no diarrhea, great appetite and energy. Her parents were not big Labs, both about 60#. We had a bout with worms but that was at least 3-4 months ago, and have not seen anymore. Any advice, ideas, suggestions would be great.

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      Quote Originally Posted by daisylubob View Post
      Is there such a thing, opposite of growth spurt??? Annie is now 9 mos old and weighs 43.5#. She has weighed this for several weeks. She was on Purina Puppy Chow (27% protien, 12% fat) and we switched (over a couple of weeks) to Victor Select Professional All Life stages (26% protein, 18% fat) http://www.victordogfood.com/pdf/Brochure-Pro.pdf. We thought the higher fat content would help, and Puppy Chow did not get the greatest reviews. Many of the foods now appear to be the "all life stages" and since we have 2 Black Labs, I thought they could eat the same food. She eats 1-1/2 cups 2x/day mixed with 2TBSP of bone broth. She also gets some people food. Stools are formed, no diarrhea, great appetite and energy. Her parents were not big Labs, both about 60#. We had a bout with worms but that was at least 3-4 months ago, and have not seen anymore. Any advice, ideas, suggestions would be great.
      Does she seem too thin?

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      Growth does slow down a great deal by the time they reach 1 year old. If you can feel the ribs but not see them then shes probably just fine. Always determine proper weight and adjust food amounts based on body condition

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      Growth slows down at this age. They'll put on another 10# or so over the next year as they mature. But you might just have a small lab.
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      Yep. Our breeder's very detailed feeding instructions said to expect a "plateau" around 9 months that might last a couple of months. Oban's weight gain at that point slowed, his food intake remained the same. Then her instructions said to reduce food. He hit it all not far off what she said.

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      No not too thin Labradorks. Last time the vet saw her, she said she looked good. Her parents are not the big, blocky stock, and being female, she may just be small as JenC mentioned. snowshoe and Zoeysmommy, I will keep an eye on the amount of food she gets. Thanks!

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