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    He's so thin, you can feel every bone through his medium length coat.

    Pancreatitis: no symptoms of loose stools, other than initial upset with all the 'bulk' new good ingredients, but fine within 4 days. No evidence of pain, discomfort. Seems happy.

    Hyperthyroidism: no excessive drinking, not rapid weight loss, just steady weight loss since we got the pig, i mean pup. Never been a ravenous eater, but not fussy at all, he'll eat whatever i chose to give him, as he knows he's got 10 minutes before i lift his bowl. Bernie has always had low food drive.

    As both of these conditions require full blood exams. Im going to give satin balls till next week, then off to vet methinks.

    I hate the vet visits. Always so scared of what they will find.

    Newfie, is a 4 week trial of satin balls sufficient for the effective weight gain, or should i go a little longer.

    He seriously stinks on this stuff, and was looking in better shape prior. (could be suggestive of pancreatitis, as they need a low fat diet, and this is sooo high fat!)

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    There is a product of Bruce Symes (see V&F post earlier in thread), and he has a product that makes sure a dogs gets the goodness out of it's food. I've not tried it myself, but know others that have.

    Sometimes being very thin can also be in a dogs lines & food can be worn off thru nervous energy. I'm not saying Bernie is a nervous dog, but he's obviously a busy dog.

    His reaction to a high fat diet is not uncommon, except for the smelly and oily coat. Zoro's coat is not as dry (dead hair dry) as it was and with a higher fat diet it's much more oily but it's not smelly (the breed is not known for body odour though).
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    I guess he's also playing a lot more with the new addition? And something that is very obvious and I pressume you've already done several times and that is has he had a good worm since the new addition?

    If you think he's gone backwards on the Satin balls I'd stop them immediately. Diet is about what suits the dog.

    I think 99% of dogs I meet are overweight. My dogs are very lean, the only one I consider too lean is the Borzoi and I've been told by he breeder that he is going to be a late bloomer/maturer even for this breed due to his size. Like Bernie he eats what he's given but is not a big eater. I could bulk up any of the other dogs easily because they would eat until they burst, but he wouldn't.
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    My dogs are also very lean, hard to see, but when you feel them they are all very ribby.........But the thyroid can sneak up on you and not have all the symptoms. This happened to my Annabelle.

    I am glad to hear no loose stool, that sounds positive....Mine never got smelly on it. I have given it to many different breeds. Kelpies, GSD, newfie and mutt....But each dog, just like humans can have different reactions to something that is in there.
    All mine did really well. Tobias was on it till the day he died (from cancer), because it kept him in good weight

    I also hate going to the vet, but my dogs think it is like a party at my vet and they love going
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    I can feel all my dogs bones as well, ribs, hips, backbones. I cant answer for your dog as I know what I feel on my dogs if it is right or not. If I think they are getting too lean I up their food intake a little. Why not get him a working dog formula where the energy content is higher per gram of food and introduce that slowly.

    I had a horse once that was a not a big eater and was on the lean side. Vet gave him vit B12 injections to help stimulate his appetite and we tried all sorts of things and he always had high quality feed. In the end I just accepted that he was what he was and he certainly never lacked energy and his coat was always shiny.

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    I think we have results.

    I took out the undercoat, as he is shedding. Then gave him his 2nd bath of his lifetime.

    When soaked, i can see he's gained weight. He no longer smells (er that might of been some dead carcus eau de cologne!, he'd taken a rabbit into his den and has been sleeping with it. Dogs are bloody gross! )

    and looking gorgeous once more! IF rather fluffly lol

    He's still wirey, nothing will change that i guess. But there is a slight improvement, which can be felt over his hips especially.

    My verdict.
    Satin balls have not improved the coat as others have mentioned. But his coat was excellent to start with.
    Satin balls have increased the amount of waste he's leaving for me to clean up
    Satin balls have marginally, but definately put some meat on them bones.


    Id use it again.

    So i'll be making more to feed him every other night. And checking his den more often for dead bunnies when he gets smelly.

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    Yeah don't you just love them.

    Shame he doesn't eat them, been great for adding weight to my stud dog.

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    If you want the poos to be smaller - cut back a bit on the fibre eg oatmeal and weetbix. maybe increase the mince a bit.

    Any chance of separating the pup from Bernie - like out of sight when he gets his dinner? Ie no play with puppy until you've eaten your dinner. And no pressure from puppy pleading eyes or stand over tactics too.

    My dog will hand over anything another dog asks for. Except maybe the rawhide chip. She will steal anything another dog abandons, and some dogs will abandon their stuff for her just because she asks politely.

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