Shadow at 8 weeks - male GSD only 5 lbs?! Very concerned
I just got Shadow 6 days ago and he was the runt.
Got him from a breeding farm, breeders were very nice people. I had to drive a total of 6 hours to get there. They had many pups, about 10-12. Even though, there were many others, I chose him because he was calm, attentive and he was the only one with his ears perked, all black.. there was something about him I felt that was special.
Breeders told me they had runts before that turned out huge and there was a guarantee on him if I wanted to bring him because he was growing. He was $800. Full blooded GSD.
Brought him home seemed like he wasn't wanting to eat his dry puppy chow. Mixed it with dry boiled hamburger meat and rice and he started smashing it! He had already been dewormed 4 times.
A K9 trainer of mine later told me I had been ripped off because he should be 20-25 lbs by now and that he would most likely not grow to be what I had paid for and to give him 300 mg or so of calcium every other day to help him grow. He gets about 4 hours of exercise everyday and he has already learned how to sit and I've only had him for 6 days.
Just had first vet appointment today. He threw up flea/parasite pill traxidol or whatever its called. Discouraging news from vet. he was rated a 2/5 for developmental wise. 1 being completely emaciated.
I'm a little torn because I have the option to return him in exchange for a healthier puppy, another which I had to choose between him and Shadow. I feel like a horrible person because I have become attached to him - my special puppy. But now I may have to worry about my special puppy and his weight for the next 6 months and there may be a chance he won't be a normal weight for the $800 I paid....;(
I don't know what to do. The vet said there's no telling how big he'll get but he's pretty good overall just super tiny.
My family and friends think he's a chihuahua. lol
Looking for other encouraging stories of GSD pups of such small weight.