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dunc_n_toby

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Well I brought him home yesterday. He's a long haired black GSD approx 4 months old. He was found wandering the streets so taken to local rescue centre.
They've removed the ticks (he had 6 in total) he's very sore where they were especially on his ear!
He's also very thin under all his fluffy coat.
So how much excercise should I be giving him? He had three 20-30 minute walks last night. I'm worried about over doing things with him as he's so thin. He's also got the runs! but was only wormed yesterday so that's to be expected.
Going to the vets for a check up tomorrow.
 

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Young large breed pups should not be exercised much, especially one in poor condition. Keep the walks short and not too frequent. Also allow him to have plenty of sleep between his play times..
The runs is probably due to excitement but talk to the vet if it continues more that 48 hours. You could try giving him plain boiled rice and fish, this is so bland it normally settles stomachs.
 

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thanks, I've changed the appt with the vets for today as I'm worried with him having the runs so soon after removal of ticks! and he has a bit of a gunky nose too.
How much excercise would be recommended? I will of course ask the vet
 

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I buy Tesco value rice and the value frozen white fish. Put 1 fish and a cup of rice on to boil for 20 mins. Cool and feed in small quantities. Stinks the house out!
 

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That sounds like too much exercise for him. Walks at his age should be purely a training exercise and no more than 10 mins. You want his joints to last him into old age and the poor chap has already had a tough time.

My vet always recommended brown rice and chicken.

If you want proprietary brands, try Burns or James Wellbeloved.

Your vet surgery should be a good source of advice and info for you. Do they offer a puppy clinic, etc?

Good luck and enjoy
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Vet said he's healthy, the runny nose could be with the new environment or maybe he picked something up at the kennels but as it's only slight nothing to worry about.
He's a bit thin but nothing to be concerned with.
Said I should feed him on a puppy food for large breeds didn't want to recommend one but said the one I'd bought from the kennels wasn't very good. I forgot to mention the fish and rice to him, but I've boiled him some up and he loves it. He still has the runs though but that cold be with the worming and the new environment too.
 

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Once his tummy settles down try adding puppy food into the mix, gradually so that eventually he is on all puppy food.

James Wellbeloved is good, although a little pricey. You could always swop to a cheaper brand once is is 9 months or so. I use Chudleys working crunch (VAT free) for my adult dogs, but you need to be careful with this if they are wheat intolerant.

The fish and rice will not provide all the nutrients he needs long term, it is more of a short term tummy rest. You could try adding a little boiled chicken too.
 
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