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Thread: Weight Gain for an Old Dog

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    Default Weight Gain for an Old Dog

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    We adopted our dog Mickey in Januar, he is 11. Our biggest worry is that he appears so thin - I know some of that is just old age, but our vet has said he does need to gain some weight.

    We give him dry puppy food (because of the higher fat and carb content) and some human food but just wonder what else we can feed him to help fatten him up.



    Thanks
    Simone and Mickey

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    raw meat - chicken carcasses, wings, necks etc

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    Thanks Occy - do I have to worry about his teeth on the bones?

    Simone

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    Bones are good for teeth

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    Some dogs, like some lucky people, are simply meant to be thin. I don't mean emaciated, just a bit underweight. I had a Border Collie for 15 years who was always underweight but she was healthy, happy, active and well muscled.

    Two of the fattest dogs I knew belonged to a Vet I worked for. In the end I had a quiet word to his wife about it and she took over the feeding. It took a while but eventually both dogs lost weight. At least the rescue hunt terrier's belly no longer touched the ground.

    If Mickey has a clean bill of health and eats well I wouldn't worry too much.

    As a matter of interest what breed or cross is he? Just an observation but I've noticed old Irish Setters in particular can lose weight to the point where they look half starved and yet are still perfectly healthy.

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    Any of the high calorie fat content kibbles such as enduro fullboar will put weight on if the dog is sedentry.

    I would avoid marrow bones for old dogs as shin bones are the hardest bone in a beast harder than cement, unless they are cut length wise so the dog can get to and lick the marrow out they can break teath when the dog tries to crunch them.

    Chuck bones rib and spine are softer and are good for old dogs.

    Lamb flaps are fattening and chewy so they would be good.

    Also look into those satin ball recipes, and the shelter gruel that most make up rice mince pasta they stack on weight.

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    Puppy food is good, I think what your doing is fine you could add about a 1/4 of a cup of canola/vegetable oil in his dry food too.
    They're is a difference between a fit looking dog and a healthy dog.
    As long as he is wormed, kept warm during cold days and is getting a good feed, he should be fine.

    If it was my kelpie say, I would give her a cup of dry food along with the oil and a cup or less of dry food in the afternoon as well as the oil and food scraps.
    Change amount of dry food according to the breed.

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    I add pasta and rice to my food - especially in cold weather. Some of mine are like supermodels (Salukis!) who I am constantly trying to keep weight on.
    I don't even strain the rice or pasta, pour it and it's cooking water onto the kibble to soak for a little bit and then mix in raw mince. It also works well on greyhounds I sometimes get that come in in very poor condition.

    Lamb flaps are good if he likes them - one of my 'Lukis does and the other won't touch them (told you they were supermodels!).

    One extra trick is sausages. I get plain sausages, boil them for a couple of minutes and cut them up - they get given as an extra treat after they eat all their meal. Mine have about four after a meal when they really need some extra weight, and they seem very very good at stimulating appetite. You can cut down on the amount as the weight goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I add pasta and rice to my food - especially in cold weather. Some of mine are like supermodels (Salukis!) who I am constantly trying to keep weight on.
    I don't even strain the rice or pasta, pour it and it's cooking water onto the kibble to soak for a little bit and then mix in raw mince. It also works well on greyhounds I sometimes get that come in in very poor condition.

    Lamb flaps are good if he likes them - one of my 'Lukis does and the other won't touch them (told you they were supermodels!).

    One extra trick is sausages. I get plain sausages, boil them for a couple of minutes and cut them up - they get given as an extra treat after they eat all their meal. Mine have about four after a meal when they really need some extra weight, and they seem very very good at stimulating appetite. You can cut down on the amount as the weight goes on.
    hahahahaha, Salukis are little models arnt they.

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    You just ask them - they're delicate flowers who need special treatment...


    Unless they're chasing rabbits in which case they're invincible and can't feel pain!! And can't hear their owners frantic calling either...

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