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OMG.. a very common problem with these fussy eaters.. Oberon eventually became a bit more stable with growing (he's 3yrs now), but in order to have him eating we went through so many tricks when he was a puppy.. fortunately never been underweight, but, to my eyes, it seems that Henry needs a bit of fattening up;)
read the blog above, is plenty of tips.. and , if this helps, you are not alone, is not uncommon at all for them to leave *meat* if they decide that what was super yesterday is disgusting today ;)
Hi. I just looked up Callum's weight chart for his first year to see if that helps you.
I consider Callum to be one of the more lightweight of builds of the 16 Irish setters that we have had over the years.
At 5 months he was 21.0 kgs. At 10months he weighed in at 25.6 kgs. which was much the same as he weighed at 7 months. This coincided with the time he was being very picky with his food. Its quite common for Irish to go through this phase, but so hard to accept as an owner who wants to see them eating well and putting on weight.
His brother is a lot heavier build, and I put a photo on my page of them aged nearly 1 year so you can see.
Callum is now 21 months and eats quite well, though food will never be very important to him. I don't weigh him anymore as my eye tells me he looks about right for his build... no ribs showing nor hip bones protruding.
As a picky eater and running a lot, your boy is going to have a problem putting on weight. What about his parents and siblings? Are they the same build and so on?
I think I would probably have the blood tests done for peace of mind.
But its good that he seems so fit and well regardless:)
You may be over exercising him too. As well as looking at energy going in you need to look at the amount of energy he is expending during the day. A good rule of thumb is 5 mins exercise for each month of life so if he is 10 months old, he should have no more than 50 mins of exercise per day. Running too much is also not good for their joints so vary between road walking and having fun in the fields.
All the best
Just logged in to this link. Have you had his thyroid levels checked. ??
Just a thought..
Hi Henry's mum.....yes seems to be a very common problem from what I have read on here and also personal experience!! I have only had 4 irish boys in total....the first one was a terrible eater for a long long time, I couldn't get weight on him and a diet to suit him, the second one wasn't so bad and the third has always been quite a good eater but prone to coitis so I changed all their diets over to raw and have had much better success, the dogs love it!! The baby, now just over a year weighs 27.60kgs and looks fit and healthy...he was weaned onto raw so I was expecting no problems.....as soon as we got him home he decided it was poison and wouldn't touch it, or dried food, or tinned food..It has taken me quite a while to get the weight back on him and on a diet he will eat but even now, although he has raw he is one of those who likes it one day and then the next day wants something different....I now know this is the way with setters...I just fed him anything he would eat for a while,including tripe which fortunately he loves...and chicken wings and we got through it...he also races around like a mad thing when we are out but he only has an hour a day.