Q. I don't know is age and breed exactly and and I would really love to know how big he's going to get I was told he was a mix of three dogs and his size at the age I was told I feel like the breeds I was told are wrong

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Thu, Jul 13, 2023

This was him at "1 month old" (as I was told) and he was very large and he looks to be some of the breeds but I'm moving soon and there's a limit on dog size and I don't want to get ride of him so I would really love help
Should I make a vet appt?


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It is important to note that determining a dog's breed based on appearance alone can be unreliable, especially in mixed-breed dogs. Physical characteristics can vary widely even within the same litter. Additionally, estimating a dog's size based on age can also be challenging as growth rates can differ among individuals.

To get a more accurate understanding of your dog's breed and potential size, I recommend scheduling a veterinary appointment. A veterinarian can perform a physical examination, evaluate your dog's growth and development, and provide you with a more informed estimate.

The vet may also discuss the possibility of conducting a DNA test. This test can help identify the specific breeds present in your dog's genetic makeup. While DNA tests can provide valuable information, they are not always 100% accurate, especially in mixed-breed dogs with complex ancestry.

In terms of managing your dog's size in relation to your upcoming move, there are a few things you can do at home. Firstly, ensure that your dog is receiving a balanced and appropriate diet for his age and size. Feeding a high-quality puppy food formulated for growth can support healthy development. Additionally, it is crucial to monitor your dog's growth and weight regularly.

While I cannot provide a specific diagnosis or treatment plan without examining your dog, I can provide some general information on when you should consider taking your pet to the hospital. If your dog experiences any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately:

1. Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
2. Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
3. Inability to eat or drink
4. Lethargy or weakness
5. Seizures or collapse
6. Signs of pain or discomfort (whining, limping, reluctance to move)

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.