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    Hi everyone,

    We've had Molly for almost 2 months now and in that time she's put on about 5kg but I am having a lot of trouble putting on the last 1-2kg to get her to that 'ideal' weight. She gets fed Nutro biscuits to snack on during the day and then for dinner she gets chicken necks, turkey mince, kangaroo mince, meaty lamb bones, veges and brown rice. I've been increasing the amount she's being fed for the last month or so and she just isn't putting on any more weight. She put on weight so rapidly at the start and as soon as we hit the 23kg mark she just stopped.

    Does anybody have any suggestions or secrets on how to put weight on dogs? I've looked into satan balls but there are so many different recipes I didn't know what one to use so if anyone has a tried and proven satan ball recipe that would be great!

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi Kristy, sounds like you've done really well.

    The guy at the place where I buy my pet mince (I feed raw) said that kangaroo is too lean and won't put fat on like chicken mince which is fattier and better for younger dogs (I do mix in roo and beef mince too but have more chicken). I also feed with VAN Vets All Natural puppy muesli, you mix it with water and let it soak and then divide it up and feed it with the raw mince.

    It must be time for more photos of Molly

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    Hi Findeb,

    I will have to look into VAN muesli, it sounds great, do they make it for adult dogs too? As we got Molly as a rescue stray it is hard to know how old she is but I think she's about 18 months old. I used to feed chicken mince but switched to turkey mince as it is cheaper and somebody told me it's really fattening, maybe I will cut back on the other minces and start feeding her chicken mince again.

    Here are some photos of Molly when we first bought her home
    skinny molly.jpgskinny molly 2.jpg

    and here are some of her lately
    Molly squishing Meika.jpgMolly.jpgyin and yang.jpg

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    She's gorgeous ... looks like her and Meika are very close, I love that! Molly has a lovely shiny coat, she's beautiful, they both are

    I looked on the website Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home and they do make it for adults too. There's heaps of information on the website and there's another product called Phuds. You can buy it online or I buy mine in Better Pets and Gardens. I bought a 1kg bag, the next size is 5kg ... I bought a second bag of the 1kg but next time will get the bigger size, thought I might jinx it and she wouldn't like it if I bought the big bag I make up enough to last a few days and my dog loves it.

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    She looks quite athletic how she is now. Hips don't seem to be sticking out, there's a bit of rib but that's ok. I'll swap you a couple of kg off my dog for your Molly's look.

    So why is my dog a little bit chubby? She gets full cream yogurt for breakfast. She got quite a large amount of cooked chicken - skin mostly - for extra brekky today. And I did some crate and trick training using some of the chips from my fish and chips dinner.

    I don't think which satin ball recipe you use matters a lot. Just pick one in metric, and with ingredients you can find easily. I think the main thing of it is eggs and mince - mince with fat in it.

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    Why are you wanting to put 1 or 2 more kgs on your Molly ? Has you vet made comments regarding her weight and health ?

    If you were seeing my vet, he would be saying - just be careful - doesn't need any more weight on ! She is looking good the way she is !

    Photos 1 and 2 - yes, she was way too skinny and needed more condition on her. But photos 3, 4 and 5 - WoW !

    In those photos - she looks absolutely stunning ! Really healthy shiny coat - and she absolutely looks sooooo healthy ! Seeing some rib is what you need to see - if you can run your hand along the rib area of your pup and particularly feel the last 2 or 3 ribs - then I would say that she is in 'good condition'. As my vet says - a fine covering is fine - if you cannot feel the ribs at all - then pup needs to lose weight.

    The amount of weight a pup should carry depends on how they look and only how they look ! What is prescribed in standards and literature - should only be used as a guide - not what you have to aim for !

    So going by what I have seen in the photos - I would forget about putting any more weight on her - and see how she goes. You have only had her for a couple of months - and really good on you for improving her condition. She really looked unloved before !

    I know during the colder months - as my pup lets me know continuously that he is starving - so I just find other things to feed him with - so that he feels not so deprived !

    I find if I look at where his tail ends and his back starts - if there is a dimple there - then he is carrying too much weight !

    Absolutely loved your photos !

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    Just looking at their photos again, Molly seems so comfortable with Meika, love that Molly's just lying on her or so close to her. She looks so happy and content!

    How's Meika's spooky eyes in the last photo ??

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    Personally, I wouldn't bother too much either. 1-2 kilos of 23 is less than 5-10%. Maybe there is a reason why her weight gain stops at 23 kilos. Maybe that is just her ideal weight. And if she looks healthy, I would not worry about the scales too much.

    She looks gorgeous! You've done a great job nursing her back to health. What a lucky dog.

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    She is looking really really good. Well done on getting her to that stage, as Beloz said that could just be her ideal weight!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thanks guys I'm very proud of how good she's looking! I thought that because she wasn't putting any more weight on it might just be her idea weight but when we went to the vet for vaccinations he said that she should ideally put on another 1-2kg as she still is a little on the skinny side, it doesn't show up much in photos because of the shiny black coat; even the 'before' photos of her make her look kilos fatter than she was. We're off to a new vet in 10 mins as she spent all last night vomiting so I will ask her what she thinks of her weight

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