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    Default Dog too thin

    My GSD Bernie has always been 'wirey'. But within normal weight range, just.

    Since we got Pohm, the pup, Bernie has gotten thinner, as he leaves food for her, gives up food for her. Runs around more and plays with her thus losing calories with exercise. bernie is working stock, with very high drives. so a very active dog.


    He's very healthy otherwise.

    What would people recommend to fatten a dog up a little?

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    A working dog diet, higher fat content. Lamb is good for getting weight on a dog. I've had success lately with rabbit. With the bitches coming in season both my boys are on the thin side. The Whippet has been catching his own rabbit, not so the borzoi so I've been giving him lamb and making him up what's called Satin Balls (plenty of recipes on the net, look for Australian sites so you are familiar with the ingredients).

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    Thanks Mac,
    i'll make it up at w/e and see how Bernie likes it.

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    rolled oats and livamol added to some pet mince. Works like a charm for my Malinois

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    I found adding Dr Bruce Symes' "Vets all Natural Complete Mix' at the suggested feed rate was enough to stack on the kilos ( I feed about 50% suggested usually)

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    I have used the same as V&F with good results.

    I have also tried the mince from out local pet store which he went crazy for, it was a mix of about 2/3 beef, 1/3 lamb flap thrown in the mincer.

    If you can get hold of some possum that's great for weight gain too although I don't think it's as popular on the mainland as it is here in tassie (they're real pests here so end up in pet food shops a lot).

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    yeah, no we're not allowed to mince possum, it's a $10,000 fine if you kill/poison one lol

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    Very interested in this topic as I have a similar issue with my dog. Only thing is he's a very fussy eater too and won't eat vegetable matter - he's the sort of dog that if you try to mix in mince with his biscuits or vegetables, he will suck the mince off and spit out the offending material - much to the delight of my other dog, who will eat anything and everything she can access.

    I have just switched my dog onto a lamb and cheese + vegetable mix but this morning he barely took note of his food bowl. I have left food in his bowl for 3 days before, he eats just enough to survive and not a scrap more and turns into a greyhound, so I have to feed him foods that he likes - lots and lots of meat.

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    For quick fattening, I chuck puppy food in the mix.

    When I got my girl over to NZ, she weighed only 13 kgs....instead of 18 (long story and yes I was pissed off) and I chucked her on puppy food and she stacked the weight on well quick...well within a week and a half or so she was up to about 16 and her bones had a good covering. And she even kept the weight on until she was PTS not long after...she had cancer

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    I saw this a bit late

    The year before last i took on a Newfie rescue who weighed 40kg, when he should have been 75-80kg

    He also had a fractured jaw, so i had some issues and he was very unwell. Later diagnosed as Lymphoma. he would not eat, until someone gave me this recipe.

    he gained so much weight and loved the stuff. he was in reasonable weight until the day we sadly had to let him go...he was the sweetest newfie, we still miss him.

    Anyway back to topic

    AUSTRALIAN SATIN BALLS
    Satin Balls are a total canine diet. They can be feed by themselves, or as a supplement.

    Ingredients:

    4.53kg raw hamburger mince (regular, with fat)

    567grams Wheat Germ

    1 large box of Oatmeal [uncooked]

    340 grams of Sanitarium Weetbix [small box] or any basic Multigrain cereal

    1 cups Vegetable Oil

    10 eggs [boiled in shell for 30 seconds]

    10 envelopes of unflavoured Gelatin

    1ΒΌ cups unflavoured Molasses [also known as Treacle] Nekhbeths Livamol would be great too

    2 teaspoons Kelp

    1 cup of ground Flax Seed

    A pinch of salt

    Garlic to taste

    Method
    Mix all ingredients together well, much like a meat-loaf, then put into separate freezer bags and freeze, thawing out as needed. It puts weight on in a very short time, not to mention the gloss in their coat. You can use it every day when they have a show to do and it does not produce diarrhoea. It can be fed alone or with kibble.
    I also use to add some RAW spinach, just because

    I used to make small balls and toss them to the back of his mouth, to bypass the fractured part of his jaw....Worked so well
    Pets are forever

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