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    Default Put weight on a chihuahua!

    My new rescue Missy, really needs to put on weight she is a chihuahua/terrier cross, and currently weighs around 2.8 kilos, ideally we wd like to see around 3.2 - 3.4. She is on a little roo meat (for anaemia), chicken, beef, sardines, tuna, veggies, Science Diet ( PS Is Science diet really good for putting weight on?? ) , salmon etc,

    anything elsemissy totally healthy 009.jpg that anyone can think of to add to her diet to help? Have to be careful with tiny dogs tho, too much fat and they can get pancreatis, so its a fine line to walk...............Any suggestions appreciated, Bella

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    The diet she's on sounds fine for weight has she gained anything at all since she's been with you ( good on you by the way!) Te weight should increase steadily with her current diet , how long have you had her?
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    Hi, weve had her for 2 months, she does have health issues, going in for surgery on Saturday to remove mammary lumps, (she has about 5) one is huge and on the outside, and she is also to be spayed if she does well under anaesthetic,
    Im hoping that spaying her might put weight on. She must have been a breeding dog, chucked away when she developed these lumps and her incredibly infected teeth, which weve already removed.
    Yep she does have a really good diet, it may be that because weve moved house in the last week the upset may have stressed the weight off. She is settling well in new house, so hopefully may come up a bit. She is a rescue from a WA pound, we think she is about 10 years old, vet said 12 but we think a little younger given that she is a ball of energy 24/7 lol.

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    Its unfortunate to be in a position where you have to spay a 10 year old dog, but hey theres another totally irresponsible owner for you..........some people should not be allowed to have dogs........

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    Sorry I forgot to say her weight she was about 2.5 kilos when we got her, now fluctuates around 2.8 - 2.9 : )
    But Her bones seem to be sticking out again really badly like when we first got her, you could play the xylophone on her ribs

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    home brand minute oats soaked in puppy milk warm, with a little meat in it.

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    I am fostering an oldie at the moment too.. Not the same health problems though. Mine was desexed, did well under anesthetic. She was used for breeding aswell. Luckily no lumps that i can see or feel. She's a slow eater but not terribly skinny like your old lady. Mine also had all her front teeth removed and one side tooth.

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    I hope your oldie puts on some weight soon! Sounds like she is given a good diet for sure! Maybe there is an underlying reason as to why she can't put on weight?
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    Thank you Nekhbet : ) Hi Kelpielover, thats good that yours did well under anaesthetic, I have to say Missy did very well under anasthetic when she had most of her teeth removed, bounced back real quick, so thats a good sign : )

    Im trying more carbs in her diet, as her diet is mostly protein/fish/veg So trying a bit more Science diet, and will try the oats as above : )

    Vet cant find any underlying reason, no worms/no diabetes/ bloods all good, general vitality and energy is excellent etc, I will see what increasing carbs will do : )

    She is not overly skinny like when she first came, but we can feel her bones too much, spine, ribs, shoulder blades etc

    Will let you all know how she goes tomorrow after her double operation : ) - lump removal and being desexed. Apparently de sexing can help with weight gain so fingers crossed, at least it will stop her trying to 'get it on' with my other two female dogs lol : )

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    How old is your fostered oldie, and what is her/his name? : )

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    Sorry, what is her name? Tired from house move lol!!

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