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    Default Feeding a Skinny Dog

    I have just welcomed a new member into our family a skinny cross breed female, Kelly. I think she might be a ridgeback X am staff or similar

    Kelly is De-sexed and micro chipped etc, and needed a new home with her current owner moving to NSW and can't take Kelly with her. However Kelly is a lot lighter that I am comfortable with I think she would be classed as a body score of 3.
    Her last owner said she used to be really over weight and on vet's orders Kelly had to loose weight, I think she got used to feeding a set amount and forgot to increase the amount when she reached ideal weight. It was not malicious in regard to getting to her current state.

    I have never had to put so much weight on a dog and would love some feeding suggestion to put the much needed weight. I have heard a high protein diet is good and not too much fat early on.

    I will put up photos tomorrow to give a better idea of Kelly's current weight

    thanks in advance

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    As best I can tell from cruising this forum is "satin balls" are the best thing for fattening a skinny dog...

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    thanks hy I will definitely give it a go, I just have to source the seameal supplement

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    There's probably something else you could use instead of "seameal". Healthfood shop might be able to help - or just click on "pages from Australia" and check out some of those recipes.

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    thanks Hy. We are taking her to the vet early next week for a check over and i will see if they might stock a good substitute.

    we have renamed her Kali (sound like Kelly and she responds to it so it looks like it is working) Here are some photos to get an Idea of her weight also any ideas on her breed would be great





    Sorry about it being sideways I can't seem to fix it

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    I think another important thing to remember is not to feed too much too suddenly as that can come with problems as well. slowly increase the amount of food she is getting until she gets to a good weight then level it off
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    thanks Kaz that was something else i wasn't sure on either hopefully I can let her pick at small amounts of dry food during the day and a slightly larger fresh feed in the evenings.

    I am currently giving both Kali and my other dog small pieces of lightly boiled chick every now and again just to see how they react around food. Gypsy seems to be a scoffer so they will have to be fed separately so i know Kali get all her food. thankfully no signs of aggression tho

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    Shes a cutey
    I'm thinking your right about the Ridgeback cross to

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    Beef and Mutton mix. I have a dog here who was a lot skinnier than that and he is now a nice healthy weight thanks to the meat.

    I buy it from the pet meat store, it's just a mix of about 3/4 beef with 1/4 lamb flap (the fatty part of the sheep) ground into it.

    I also give dry food for breakfast just to keep the diet balanced.

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