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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Having had malnutrion and all these ailments from a tiny

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Having had malnutrion and all these nasty ailments from a tiny puppy (Toffee weighed 2.06kg at 15weeks when we bought him) could this stunt his growth? All my golden retrievers have been 35-36kg when they reached adulthood and at 15 months were approx 30kg so I have been a little concerned though he has lots of energy, cold nose, bright eyes and glossy coat.
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Most definitely. Malnutrition during the rapid growth phase in mammals is a very common cause of stunting. Whether or not a dog can make up for that lack of growth later would be predicated upon which nutrients were missing and if skeletal growth were unalterably affected. In other words, if his growth plates had closed already, no amount of nutrients can cause additional skeletal growth. The majority of his growth plates should be closed presently. His current condition suggests that he remissed nicely - albeit smaller than a dog who didn't suffer those ailments.
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