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Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Murphy update!
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:38:48 pm »
It's been a while, but Murphy is now 16 months old and he is STILL growing!!!

His growth has slowed a bit, but he is now just roughly 31.5 at the shoulder (maybe a little taller) and around 135 lbs(keeping him pretty lean).

Here are some pics from a couple days ago.

Set a pop can in this pic to show the size of his paws!  LOL

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Murphy update!
« on: August 18, 2009, 04:49:58 pm »
Well, Murphy is now 13 months old and he weighed in at 132 lbs!  He is still pretty lean (ribs are easily felt).  Haven't checked his height in a while but he's over 31 inches.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Murphy update!
« on: May 20, 2009, 04:01:05 pm »
Well here we are about 10 1/2 months old.....

He's now 30.25" tall and 121 lbs (these stats are at exactly 10 months old).  He has grown a bit more, not a lot but a little more.

I am keeping him lean to prevent over loading his joints, but he is definately getting big (still looks small to me, LOL).

Newfoundland Discussions / Murphy update!
« on: April 01, 2009, 12:19:07 pm »
Well, Murphy turns 9 months in just a couple days and he now stands 29 3/8" at the shoulder and weighs 111 lbs.  Everyone seems to think he is gonna be a VERY large newf..We watch his eating very closely and he is on the lean side.  The bad part is he doesn't look big at all to us..LOL

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: How much food?
« on: February 02, 2009, 10:25:46 am »
I was told about the same as you were, but there are no absolutes.  To keep my Murphy from looking absolutely unhealthy (too skinny / ribby), we had to really up his food intake. 

Here's roughly how his food was adjusted:

3 months (Very ribby) - 2.4 cups per day (4 feedings)
4 months (still very ribby) - 3.75 cups per day (3 feedings)
5 months (still very ribby) - 6.25 cups per day (3 feedings)
6 months (still quite ribby - 8.5 cups per day (3 feedings)
7 months *current* (healthy but still ribby) - 8 cups per day (2 feedings)

Food was increased very slowly the amounts above were at the exact date.  I asked the same questions about food intake, and all I can say is they all seem to be different. 

Here's a growth chart for Murphy

He is now 7 months, 93 lbs, and 27.5 inches tall

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Another Murphy update!
« on: January 15, 2009, 02:26:03 am »
Here he is flying!!!

A couple more......

Here he is just chillin'

And here's one of him and his girl friend (9 month old Husky). LOL

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Another Murphy update!
« on: January 14, 2009, 07:27:21 am »
I'm glad to hear you are loving Newf ownership. Murphy is super cute. I just got my first Newf (well he doesn't come home until the middle of Feb.)
Were you having problems with Murphys weight? I'm looking into what I should start Gilligan on when he gets home. I was suggested the Eagle Pack puppy food for giant breeds.

Murphy was on Pro Plan when we picked him up, and was doing fine on it until he really started growing.  It seemed like no matter how much I fed him, or how often (4 times per day).  He always seemed way too ribby.  We changed him to the Eagle Pack giant puppy and he began to gain weight at a steady pace again.  Now he is on their Holistic adult formula for giant breeds and he is doing very well. 

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Another Murphy update!
« on: January 14, 2009, 05:15:40 am »
Still working on the pictures :)

We took him to his vet appointment this morning and he has grown nearly .75" in a week!!!!

I don't think I measured incorrectly before, but that seems like ton.

His weight is now (from the vet) 86 lbs and nearly 27".

Newfoundland Discussions / Another Murphy update!
« on: January 08, 2009, 04:37:10 am »
Since switching him over to Eagle Pack Holistic food, his weight has been on a steady increase and he looks much better (not too thin, very shiney coat, etc.) . 

He just turned 6 months and is 26 inches tall and 82 lbs. (not sure where he stands in terms of big or small for his age) 

Getting a newf was one of the best things I have ever done!  He is absolutely awesome!

Went to the Vet and he's gonna be fine.  No fever, stool samples checked ok, but they gave us some meds and he should be fine in a day or so.

Given that he didn't react from the beginning and that he was on 100% EP for a few days before the runny-ness began, it probably isn't a food intolerance and it will probably pass.  Puppies get into all kinds of things behind our backs, so he might have ingested something he shouldn't have or maybe he got a treat that didn't agree with him.  If it's just runny and not liquid, I would just add a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin (plain, pure pumpkin, not pie filling) to his meal for a few days.  If that doesn't firm him up, he might need a trip to the vet.  If his poops get liquidy, a trip to the vet is order right away.

Thanks for the reply Holly.  I suppose the best way I could describe it is.....Wet cement.  We have an appointment tomorrow anyway, but I will try the pumpkin.  He is eating nearly 7 cups a day now.  This afternoon, I could tell he was not feeling all that great, but he did eat and was eager as ever to get to it. 

Guy's need some help here....

We started switching Murphy over to Eagle Pack Puppy, about 4 weeks ago, we did it very slowly and for the last week he has been on 100% EP.  He seemed to be very gassy while on it, but has been steadily gaining weight.  Well, now seemingly out of nowhere, he has runny stooles.  This has only been going on for a couple days, but he hasn't had this problem before.  Is this something that should pass after a few days or so?  He is still eating like a maching.

Newfoundland Discussions / When to switch from Puppy food to adult food?
« on: December 06, 2008, 02:00:50 pm »
Murphy is 5 months old and doing very well on Eagle Pack Giant Puppy.  I was wondering when a good time is to switch him to the Adult Eagle Pack Holistic for Giant breeds? I have been told by some to make the switch around 6 months old, and some say that we should have switched to an adult food around 3-4 months old.  Need some help here.

He is currently 65 lbs and still able to feel the ribs.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Murphy is now 4 months and 1 week old!
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:15:47 am »
Well, Murphy will be Five months tomorrow and the Eagle Pack seems to be working.  He is now 24" at the shoulder and 62 lbs.  His ribs can still be felt, but not to the extent that we could before. 

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