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Feeding advice needed for underweight lurcher

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by lucysnewmum, May 28, 2010.


  1. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

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    hi all
    as you probably know i have a foster lurcher in my care - greyhound x approx 4 yrs old we think (should have more accurate guess on monday when he has been to the vet). he is really underweight - all bones at the back end. he has had a badly upset stomach since arriving and filled 6 poo bags in one go!!! i have put him on 6 small meals a day to help him and today he has just started doing real poos instead of watery stuff. he is tolerating his meals much better but i was wondering if there is any suppliment to his diet anyone can recommend to get his body weight back up to where it should be or should i just continue with the small meals building him up slowly? i am used to spaniels, labs, and gundogs in the main who all used to have about a teaspoon full of beef fat in their meals when they lost weight and condition but i am worried that this will trigger my little mans diaorrhea off again. any suggestions would be most appreciated.
    many thanks
    gilly
     
  2. Lyceum

    Lyceum PetForums VIP

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    I'm sure I remember hearing tripe is good for getting weight on. But it's pretty rich, but as you're feeding six small meals I imagine adding a little would be okay?

    Have you considered trying something like protexin profiber? It settled my boys sensitive stomach right down.
     
  3. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

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    the vet gave me something in a tube, like a paste, that i add to his feed twice a day to settle his tummy - it seems to be working! he is much happier in himself tonight and has settled early for sleep. being the over anxious foster mum that i am it is now 2am and i am still watching over him! lol he was much brighter on his walk earlier and more interactive with his new playmates so i guess we are heading in the right direction! i was asking more about the long term stuff i could introduce to his diet to help with the weight gain.
     
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