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Getting a dog to gain weight
« on: May 12, 2006, 05:20:56 PM »
A friend of mine told me she got a 6 year old boxer. 

She said the vet told her to give it 2 cups or so of wet food a day - purina puppy canned.  Has free feed of dry food too.

She said it still isn't gaining weight.
Male, weighs  29.5lb


What suggestions do you guys have?

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2006, 06:03:30 PM »
Canned food will help. Id suggest a better quality food than purina, what kind of kibble is he on?

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2006, 08:49:40 PM »
purina puppy chow  little bites dog food

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2006, 10:02:36 PM »
a 6 YEAR old boxer that weighs 30 lbs? or6 months?
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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 10:12:52 PM »
months - sorry bout the typo - thanks kim for catching it for me!

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2006, 04:04:47 AM »
Id change the food... purina is NOT the good food you think it is. (I knew it was never the best, but recently found out how bad it is! I used to feed purina one a while back) And something I did to help my GSD gain weight when I got her was mix the canned with the kibble. She loved the canned and would gobble it up, but wasn't eating enough kibble with it. So mixing will encourage him to eat more kibble. Other than that, I'm not sure... Hopefully Kim comes back with some suggestions :)

And if you want to know some brands of high quality food just ask.. Or, theres that thread about how to tell if a dog food is high quality or not.

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2006, 02:27:12 PM »
well, im not that concerned - some boxesr are small and will be that tiny. is the dog SKINNY - do the bones stick out? or is it normal looking and of healthy weight, just TINY?

small puppies can be from a variety of things, including the fact that the food is pretty crappy.
but above all, i would take a small runty dog to the vet and check for liver shunts.
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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2006, 05:49:11 PM »
The vet checked with his liver and nothing - the ribs do stick out a bit.

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2006, 10:29:13 AM »
its really impossible to say - you would have ot see the animal to see if its truly skinny. a small boxer can very well be 30 lbs, and seeing the ribs a bit isnt a bad thing - rah's stick out and hes not emaciated, hes just a tad underweight and im happy with that, i want him to amature slowly and not pack on pounds.

if the dog has been to the vet, what do they think? is it skinny?
if the dog needs weight, i would worm it and feed it a better food.
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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2006, 04:07:44 PM »
He has been dewormed and tested for not having any also.


They took   him to the vet this morning and found out it is a prob with  his stomach lining

the vet thinks he is skinny, but says to correct it, we need to get  him into surgery asap

She also found out from the vet that the breeder knew before they got this dog that this was what was wrong with the dog.  Unforunately due to being lied to the dog is going to be returned to the breeder.

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2006, 04:50:30 PM »
Satin balls work wonders for putting weight on a dog.  You can do a search on google to get the recipe.  I would also start feeding a better food - definately NOT Purina.  Canidae, Innova, Wellness.  They're all MUCH better foods.  I'd have his thyroid and a full blood panel run too.


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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2006, 11:07:01 PM »
  Unforunately due to being lied to the dog is going to be returned to the breeder.

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Re: Getting a dog to gain weight
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2006, 11:41:40 PM »
Poor dog. :(  Sounds like back to the breeder (obviously and irresponsible breeder...) is the WORST place for this dog to go.
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