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Koda

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Barked: Sun Jun 2, '13 7:20am PST 
My pup, Koda, is almost 10 months old now. Last month at the vet he was 75 lbs, but the poor guy was there due to an infection that he had had for a few days,causing him not to eat, but poo ALL THE TIME. (My apologies for those details.) Could that have affected his weight?

Anyway, he's perfectly fine now. But I'm curious if he is on the small side or if this is normal. As a young pup he was on track, even according to the adult weight calculator here on dogster, to be 120 lbs full grown. He will be weighed in a few days but my guess is that he is between 80-85 lbs. He is 25 inches tall, looks VERY lean, but not skinny, and our vet said he is perfectly healthy and just has A LOT of growing left to do. He does have a great deal of excess skin still. I was just wondering your opinions since you all have had Akitas before. Any responses would be great! Thanks!
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Tue Jun 4, '13 11:51am PST 
Aside from being sick he sounds fine. The last bit of weight he puts on will not happen nearly as fast as it did before. Kai is 28 inches at the shoulder and 120 pounds but was what seemed lean for about a year or so between the ages of 1-2+ he did not finish all of his weight gain and filling out until around age 3. Having had two previously over the past 17+ years and also having a vet that knows the breed well as well as the breeder we got Kai from and other sources this is a typical pattern. Koda may at times seem a bit thin and even ribby to you but it is perfectly normal they tend to reach their full height by the time they are about 15 months but their full weight and form around the age of 3 so no need for concern. He may also now that his growth is slowed eat much less than he has before.hugwishes
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Koda

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Barked: Tue Jun 25, '13 12:31pm PST 
A small bump here...

To update, Koda is still about the same weight. We switched him to a higher protein food...Blue Buffalo. We don't free feed, he gets 2 cups 3x a day. If he requires less, then less. So between 5-6 cups.

At the vet today she said she felt is ribs, which were fine, and said he had VERY toned leg muscles which is great according to her. She said he's growing his height right now, weight will be later.

Anyone else use Blue? How much do you feed?
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Wed Jun 26, '13 6:40am PST 
I use Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Kai ate about that much at that age as well. Now that he is done growing he only eats about 3 cups a day. Koda is a very handsome boy and looks fine to me in his new pictures. I free feed but do measure what I put in the bowls daily and Mika and Kai each have their own bowl and know which one is theirs. With the temperatures outside rising you may notice him slowing up a bit in his food intake or wanting more in the evening when it is cooler. That's one of the reasons I free feed both of mine during the summer months like to eat around 2 or 3 a.m. and there is no way I am getting up in the middle of the night to feed anyone now that my kids are grown!! BOLbig laugh
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Koda

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Barked: Wed Jun 26, '13 7:22am PST 
Thanks! I shouldn't say I don't "free feed" per se. I give him 2 cups in the morning, let him eat throughout the morning, then 2 more in the afternoon, and so on. So, technically I guess that is free feeding. Like you, I do it more now than in the other months. It's so hot here in Kentucky that he doesn't like to eat as much in the afternoon, but chows down in the evening! He really eats like a boss, and I suppose my biggest concern was that I was doing something wrong.
I did expect him to slow his weight gain down in the summer months, simply due to the warmer weather and such. But, like I said, our vet assured me he was no where close to being full grown, which in the back of my mind I know from all my research, but I was just concerned about him. I guess if he's growing taller, he has to fill out at some point! I believe right now he is 27-28" at the shoulders...I'll have to measure again in case I was off. But he is pretty tall. We went to a store where we encountered a 2 year old Great Dane...I was expecting him to look really short, and while he was shorter, he wasn't THAT much smaller. My perception of size is...not good! thinking
Thanks for all the input and info! I very much appreciate it, and I look forward to all the changes Koda will make in years to come!
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Thu Jun 27, '13 1:16pm PST 
You're welcome. Your vet is right he will put on height for another few months up to a year and a half, the weight and filling out start around age two and continue until around age 3. From age 3 on he will not grow anymore unless he is putting on too much weight. He looks absolutely wonderful now and I look forward to seeing him all grown-up as well. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to p-mail me anytime. I usually check in daily or at most every other day!!hugwishes
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Koda

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Barked: Mon Aug 26, '13 4:30pm PST 
So update here: Koda is doing splendidly! Quick question...is this normal: He was eating about 4 cups a day, but the past few weeks he's been eating between 6-7 cups of food a day. He is now over a year old and according to the bag guidelines (though I've always fed him on his needs, not the bags suggestions) he should be slowing down on food consumption. I'm not complaining though. He needed to put on some weight. Is this normal though? Have your Akitas done this? Should I expect him to be going through quite the growth spurt with all of his extra eating? By the way, he is still lean, this extra food has not caused him to become overweight. He's just looking a bit more filled out.

I just wondered if this was normal and if yours did it, what you saw in their growth. Thanks!
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Wed Aug 28, '13 9:23am PST 
If he is eating more suddenly,he is hitting a growth spurt. Don't worry they are actually quite good at only eating what they need. He still looks wonderful. I'm also glad you are enjoying him so much,hugwishes
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MIKA&KAI

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Barked: Wed Aug 28, '13 9:23am PST 
If he is eating more suddenly,he is hitting a growth spurt. Don't worry they are actually quite good at only eating what they need. He still looks wonderful. I'm also glad you are enjoying him so much,hugwishes
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Koda

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Barked: Wed Aug 28, '13 1:50pm PST 
Thanks! I appreciate the response. I do love him dearly. However, now that we are back at work again, he's been getting overly excited when we get home and he pees in his crate. THAT does NOT make me happy lol. It's always fresh, like he's so excited he just can't contain it. Any ideas how to prevent this? Our hours are the same as they previously were when he was younger, and never had problems. All summer he was rarely in his crate though....any helpful ideas? Cleaning the pee is driving me insane! shrugshrug
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