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How to help a dog put on weight

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by NicoleW, Mar 29, 2011.


  1. NicoleW

    NicoleW PetForums VIP

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    Logan is VERY lean, you can see all his individual ribs and his hip bones.

    He's on raw meat, 3% of his body weight which is 19kg.

    He has in total 4 hours during the day running around with Duke in our garden or playing with the frisbee. He has an hour walk in the evening.

    I don't want to cut down his exercise that much because I don't want him to get unhealthy.

    I don't know what else to do apart from maybe giving him an extra meal in the day, or not letting him outside playing as much.

    The vet wasn't much help.
     
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    greatdanes PetForums Member

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    Try tripe, thats is very good for putting on weight
    What breed is he????
     
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    Hi - have you tried him on an extra meal of tripe? Very nourishing - he should put on weight with that.
     
  4. Im with the posters above! Tripe is said to put on weight!
     
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    Naturediet Lamb is pretty good as well.
     
  6. NicoleW

    NicoleW PetForums VIP

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    Funnily enoughm we;re off to get tripe today as none of the dogs have had it yet. (been feeding half dry half raw at the moment until they are both used to all the different types of meat)

    He's a Husky cross, I know they are leaner than what you'd normally expect anyway and they don't eat much but like I said you can see all his individual ribs
     
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    A few weeks on tripe (if he likes it) and you'll see a difference
    the fosters go onto tripe,
    also tripe is pretty cheap to
     
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    I'm not surprised it's cheap, it's disgusting lol
     
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    haha, you wont be tempted to cook it then!!! pmsl
     
  10. Malmum

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    I would up his meals for a while, you don't have to "go by the book" so to speak and can increase or decrease at any time. ;)

    I've always gone with lamb and pork if i've needed to up weight as I did last year when a skinny pup came back to me. Lots of people recommend satin balls that you make at home but I didn't need to use them, just used lamb and pork.

    Satin Balls - The Original Recipe

    10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
    1 lg. box of Total cereal
    1 lg. box oatmeal
    1 jar of wheat germ
    1 1/4 cup veg oil
    1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
    10 raw eggs AND shells
    10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
    pinch of salt

    Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.
    Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.
    Thaw as needed and feed raw!

    And a variation of this recipe
    Satin Balls :

    Cheap hamburger meat [high fat content}
    Lg box of Total Cereal
    Lg box of uncooked oatmeal
    1 jar of Wheat Germ
    1 1/4 cup of veg oil
    1 1/4 cup of unflavored molasses
    10 eggs
    10 pks of unflavored gelatin
    Garlic to Taste
    1 cup of flaxseed...ground up.
    2 scoops of Source/Kelp

    Believe someone said you can use weetabix instead of wheat germ. ;)
     
  11. NicoleW

    NicoleW PetForums VIP

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    Can dogs digest weetabix?
     
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    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Chicken leg meat is good for adding weight. Are you feeding wings? They're not good for meat content. I use them as an add on but tripe and leg meat are my current weapons of choice for skinny ribs Bear. Poor little Zak is being carefully monitored and going on less food due to less activity.
     
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    NicoleW PetForums VIP

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    I am feeding wings as his 'extra' meal. He has a mahooosive turkey drumstick later that weighs 815grams
     
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    Wings don't have a lot of fat but the skin does, so they're okay and you're giving them as extra's so should be good.

    There's s lot of debate about tripe, some say it's good for helping a dog to stay trim while other's say it's good for gaining weight. All I know is that when Marty was recovering from pancreatitis and had to have a low fat diet a holistic vet told us to wean him back onto tripe before giving him other barf as it was low in fat and would be better tolerated than other meats - chicken skin he said was a no no as it was too fatty. :)

    I don't give weetabix but have read many on here who have - unless your dog is intolerant of wheat, I think in satin balls it's fine.
     
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