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    Poor baby. So glad he had his best days with you.

    Satin balls are great... If they will eat them... We tried them with picky Salukis to no avail. As much lamb as we could afford, and adding Livamol picked them up.

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    Thanks Newfsie, and Mac, i looked up the Australian Silk balls, and he's been on them for just under a week.
    And already gaining some weight. Thanks guys.
    Wish id known about these before!

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    Not allowed to mince possums?
    eww, thankfully, my dogs teeth do the mincing for us.
    They are like cats the bring you their prized catch. Bernie prances around with whatever was stupid enough to cross his path whilst hunting. Not sure if he wants to share it with me or what?
    I generally shout at him to "take it OUT" and dont look when he does.
    Gross

    He's been on silk balls for a week, and gaining weight beautifully. Coat is rather shinier perhaps? a little.

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    Great I had great success with them
    Pets are forever

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    I had the same problem with my dog before. What I did was give him various foods and stick with the one he liked. I took her to the vet and she gets her vitamins regularly. Now, she's looking very healthy and weighs normally.

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    Default satin balls, the good and the not so good outcomes

    Not much weight gain, but a little in just under 2 weeks.

    Dog poo amount has trebled!

    The poo is very smelly, like manure is, yuk.

    the smell of him is bad, very doggie smelling now

    His coat is greasy and feels nasty, he looks scruffy and tufty from moult anyhow, so maybe things will look better soon

    marginal weight gain in 10 days of satin balls ADDED to his normal diet. I made 10 meals out of the recipe, so reasonable sized, id kill for this dogs metabolism!

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    I'm hearing you.

    I haven't had any problems with smell, bad coat etc, quite the opposite, Zoro's coat is coming in nicely.

    I've added rabbit to his diet after my male Whippet has been catching his own and is looking good.

    I've also increased his meaty bones, especially chicken carcass.

    I've often struggled to keep weight on my males until they reach about 4.

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    Is he having dry food as well?

    I wouldn't be inclined to continue with them as much if he is smelling bad. Can you add some extra chicken wings to his day?

    I've just started mine on Black Hawk Holistic which is more expensive, but not too bad... and they are eating (and pooing!) less of it.

    Also they really, really like it so the picky eaters are eating more. It ends up being only a bit more than I have been paying for Coprice, as they have their raw meat as well, and each serving is smaller anyway.

    The smaller poos are a good trade off... I'm hoping to put a little extra weight on the boys, I'll let you know how they go.

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    Get his thyroid panel done properly..not the quick one at the vets. he might have hyper (high) thyroidism....just a thought

    And also smelly poo.....??? pancreatic issues, especially being a GSD. Google pancreatitis and GSD's. And just check some of the symptoms.

    If it is pancreatitis your dog will have to have a good vet, who is familiar with the problem........Again blood tests, also fatty stools (check and see for yourself) Sorry to sound so negative
    Last edited by newfsie; 02-23-2012 at 02:51 PM.
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    How thin is he? My sheepdogs are all very lean with glossy coats and high energy. A pet person would probably think they are a tad underweight but it is how most working dog folk like their dogs. Good for their joints especially as they do a lot of jumping and running etc. One of them in particular never seems to put weight on but he is active and shiny so I dont worry.

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