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    hi all, have just recently adopted a greyhound, but he is quite skinny and doesnt seem very intrested in eating much he will eat but i dont think he is eating enough. i have tried all sorts of things..raw chicken,sardines mixed with dry food,mince those dog roll things and he will have a tiny bit and thats it...i want him to put on weight not lose it... any ideas

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    Hi There.

    We go through this fairly often with our Salukis. Our girl was terrible to keep weight on as a baby, and even now is only ever just in condition.

    I think you'll find an old thread on here I wrote asking the same thing!

    Extra fat is a bonus. Morgan put me onto the idea of saving any cooking fat to spice up meals. All our frying pan, baking tray etc fat goes into a container where I can spoon out a lump and microwave it to pour over doggie dinners.

    Cheap sausages boiled and chopped up encouraged her to eat more when I mixed them in with her normal food as well.

    The thing that really picked her up was an additive called Livamol. It is usually sold for horses, but made for use on dogs as well.

    It has cod liver oil, seed oils, vitamins & minerals, and amino acids etc which seem to improve their digestion ability. It also makes their coats look fantastic - ours always had a terribly scruffy and rough coat no matter what I did. Brings out colour and adds shine.

    It's only about $14 for a 2kg bag which lasts months. I had to get it online from vetnpetdirect.com.au as I could only buy massive horse sized bags at the produce shop which cost a fortune.

    Let us know how you get on - would love to see photos!
    Last edited by Nattylou; 03-10-2009 at 11:07 AM.

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    thanks will give those things ago!

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    Has he been thoroughly vet checked ??
    There is quite a few things that could be happening with him that can affect the way he eats, worms, teeth, age, just to mention the more common ones.
    Also, he is probably going through an adjustment period which may take some time for him to deal with.

    Greyhounds are notoriously thin, you dont see many fat greys.

    A lot of greyhound people feed fresh, and they generally use quite gamey smelling foods, so try other things other than the more common.

    A good way to sample feed is to get the prepacked little satchels of fresh dog meat, that way you are not going to waste too much.

    Try roo meat, mutton, and blends of meats that you can get commercially these days, like Paws packs.

    Also depending on where you live, the local pet cafe type places will have things you can try as well.

    Warm his food, just slightly, this will also increase the smell, try adding dried liver to the mix before you heat it.

    Make sure he gets exercise this will increase his requirements and stimulate his appetite.
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    hi
    he has been wormed his teeth are fine and he is nearly 2 years old have been trying all sorts of things he does seem to be eating more, i think it probably was something to do with adjusting to his new home,but have been told by others not to exercise him to much till he puts on weight. so we have been having a short walk everyday and a run about once a week at this stage...
    have ordered some livamol to add to his food and adding fat in too hopefully his weight will pick up soon, if not we will pay the vet a visit

    cheers

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    Hi,
    Hope your guy is going better. He'll probably be more than happy with just one walk a day - they love sleeping more than anything, with a dose of the early morning or afternoon zoomies around the yard!
    Be careful of recommendations to feed him 'roo meat. It isn't good for sighthounds, giant breeds, or any dog that has a low body fat ratio. It is concentrated protein which can overload their digestion and excretory system, with little to no fat content.
    Extra fat, which they burn to maintain body warmth if it gets chilly at all or if they get a chill after extertion, and carbohydrate for energy is best.

    And seeing three ribs is ok - I can sometimes see four on my Salukis, but three just visible is normal healthy weight for any breed.

    Don't forget piccies - love the Greys!!

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    Hi,

    I too love the Greys, they are the best couch potatos :sleep and such a beautiful breed....

    Greys diets/portions of foods often need to be worked out by their size and ideal body weight due to their metabolism.

    I hope that makes sense!

    Nic

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    thanks all, he is starting to look better now, we were given a whole stag by some shooting neighbours, and have been cooking it up has lots of fat on it and he loves it so he is doing well, will try to add some pics soon

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