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    Hi All

    We have a rescue GS who is 7 years old, when we got him he weighed about 33kg we have now had him for 7 months and got him to 39kg which is still too skinny.
    He was raised on cooked chicken and tinned dog food and initially that was all he would eat, we can now get him to eat raw meat, bones and sometimes dry food, we found that he will eat 4legs but only the chicken variety.

    Some days he wont eat anything no matter how much we coax him. he is a greart dog smart, loving and gentle, amazingly easy to teach.

    we walk him off the lead every day and play ball, he has put on some muscle as a result as he was hardly walked before.

    My question (after the waffle) is how can we get him to put on more weight

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    Firstly - don't be concerned if he doesn't want to eat every day - not all dogs do.

    I would be breaking down his meals to two or three meals a day. Lamb flap bones are great for getting weight on, as is minced chook. You could try some Biolac - hard to get though.

    At 39kg he sounds a normal weight for a normal sized shep male. You should be able to feel the ribs but not see them. One of my dogs is 50kg but that is because he is HUGE.

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    Thanks Occy

    we feed him twice a day and on weekends we break it down to three, he is a tall dog and could easily carry 45kg and have still have a taper shape,at present you can feel his ribs and spine and our vet is always telling us he needs to put on weight.

    I will give the chicken mince and lamb flaps a go

    thanks again

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    Some vets are so used to seeing overweight GSDs that they have no idea what a gsd should look like

    GSDs in show condition
    Multi EX Swartzlic Echo BS.CL1 A(0-0) Z(0-0) Multi EX - Owned by Col & Shirley Ford
    AUST CHAMPION Aimsway Boots - Owned by Kevin & Pat Eaves-Tennant (Karraine)
    VA Aust. GRAND Champion Crossfire Cantona A Z Hneg BSCL.1 - Owned by Judith Hayton

    GSDs shouldn't carry weight as it impedes on their hips and backs

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    Hi Occy

    looking at those pictures he is abit under weight, but not by much, I agree I would rather see a lean dog then a over weight one

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