Typhoon, Weight, and Vet Visits

As we have mentioned before, Typhoon’s weight has always been a key concern of ours. Not too much – too little. We had worked hard to move his weight from 40 to 42 lbs, but our weigh in at the vet yesterday showed us back down to the 40 lb mark.

That can't be right. I need more weight

That can’t be right, Doc. I try to eat.

Typhoon’s eating habits are legendary and frustrating. He skips meals, eats partial meals, and picks at his food. We have tried many different things, including Satin Balls (which he likes some days and decides he has no interest other days – just like everything else). Nothing we have found makes him consistently want to eat. A picky eater at a healthy weight will just get to eat at the next meal, but when you are underweight, we have to try different things.

if mischief produced weight gains

If only finding mischief produced weight gains, I would be huge.

So, yesterday, we drew some more blood to send off for a detailed analysis and did some other things while at the vet. Hopefully, one day we will unlock the mystery of Typhoon’s appetite. Until then, Typhoon will continue to be nicknamed Little Man and Munchkin.

Can we go home now

I’m bored. Can we go home now?


  1. Sylv on September 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

    We used to have a picky eater too. Switched to raw and no more problems getting her to empty her bowl.

    We actually got a vet scale at the house, so that we can easily monitor their weights and adjust their food accordingly.

  2. Jet on September 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oh, that look. Mrre like “don’t call me Munchkin”. Hope you don’t have to go raw..but it’s not that bad 🙂

  3. Dennis the Vizsla on September 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    hello typhoon its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow saya is almost the saym wayt as yoo now she ways thirtysiks pownds!!! yes she is alreddy tucker sized!!! it seems like havving yoo kome over to run arownd with her wunse she is owt of her kone wood be a grayt way to tire both of yoo owt epseshly sinse yoo ar so wel matchd size wise so wen kan we start??? ok bye

  4. Josie on September 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Typhoon is healthy and energetic. My husky will bat around and pounce on one piece of kibble for 15 minutes then eat it. She uses up more calories than the kibble is worth.

  5. Hannah Lawson on September 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good morning! I have an Italian greyhound (Indy). He has periods where he will refuse almost anything we put in front of him, and he also struggles with keeping his weight up. We have found that he never refuses when we offer our other dog’s (Sydney) food, Nature’s Variety Instinct raw patties. They are frozen patties that you thaw out, they already have all the vitamins/minerals/etc added to them. Sydney has to have them for her digestive system, she used to throw up almost every day but she hasn’t had that problem since she has been on them. If there isn’t any explanation in the blood work, you might try it some time. Indy can’t stay on it long term, because it makes him constipated. That might be a concern for Typhoon too. After dealing with a ‘picky’ eater for so long, I totally understand the frustration and worry!

    • Susan McManus on September 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      We had one who was quite lean as well. Chira remained that way her entire life. Incidentally, she was our most rotten husky.

  6. Sea Wolf on September 27, 2015 at 8:24 am

    One picky eater here too. Found that the best thing that she likes (and eats readily most of the time) was Arcana or Orijen Duck.

    I think too that maybe, with his energy level, that everything just burns off.

    • The Thundering Herd on September 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Yes, we feed Acana. Some days he loves it. Other days he carefully aligns each piece of kibble but doesn’t actually eat it. Some days he eats some.

  7. Mom, Ice 'n Ebby on September 27, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Mom sez: Perhaps Typhoon will never gain any weight until he reaches “full adulthood”, and outgrows his “turbo-powered” way of diving into life. He doesn’t seem to stay still long enough for any of his food intake to “catch up to him”. Surely, with his seemingly boundless energy, there can’t be anything seriously wrong with him that “growing up” won’t remedy. A canine version of “ADHD” maybe?

    • The Thundering Herd on September 27, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Chuckling, yes we refer to him as ADHD as well. Attention span is not his greatest skill.

      We are fine as long as he is healthy. The blood tests are just to make sure.

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