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    Skinny dog

    My German Shepard will not gain weight. I have had her since she was a pup and ever since she grew to her full height her hip bones have stuck out. I dont think she is unhealty. She has regular vet exams and she has never had any serious health problems. I just would love to see her fill out. She doesnt seem to have alot of intrest in food. If there is alot going on in the house she seems to forget about eating all together. Is there anyway I can get her to take more interest in her food? Or are there any dog foods that are higher in fat that I might try?

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    Re: Skinny dog

    I should have posted this in pet diet. Sorry guys Im new.

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    Re: Skinny dog

    Give me a minute, I can put my hands on something I know will help...

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    Re: Skinny dog

    First, I wonder what you are feeding her, a good quality kibble should
    maintain her weight if you are sure she doesn't have parasites of any
    kind or other health problems. I can also get you a list of good kibbles,
    it's on FG somewhere, I'll go bump it after this post.

    How old is your sheppie? You say you've had her since a pup but not
    sure how long...

    Here is a recipe for Satin Balls, they work wonders:


    Ingredients
    10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
    1 lg. box of Total cereal [or comparable natural brand]
    1 lg. box oatmeal
    1 jar of wheat germ
    1 1/4 cup veg oil
    1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
    10 raw eggs
    10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
    pinch of salt

    Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

    Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

    Thaw as needed.

    This is to feed this exclusively, most people just form the mixture into
    "meatballs" and give one or two a day as treats. (Again, freezing the
    rest of the mixture)

    Are you feeding just dry kibble? Normally, that is all you need, but in a
    case of an underweight puppers I would also suggest putting a little
    canned in, to get her to eat.

    Feel free to ask me ANYTHING else I would love to help any way I
    can.

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    Re: Skinny dog

    Don't mean to overwhelm you... but here is a good list of foods. your
    girl might like one of these:


    Here is a list of some of the better food choices:


    California Natural would be the food with the least amount of ingredients if there are any allergy problems.

    http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab


    Solid Gold-

    http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/sh...owcat.php?cat=0


    Wellness/Old MotherHubbard-

    http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/dogs/index.html

    specifically fish and sweet potato which is good for dogs that have food issues:

    http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=dryDogSup5MixSwtPot


    Chicken Soup

    http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/


    Eagle Pack

    http://www.eaglepack.com/pages/for_your_dog.html


    Wysong

    http://wysong.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S...ategory_Code=CD


    Flint River

    http://www.myflintriverdog.com/healthy_dog...and_treats.html


    Innova Evo- basically raw in kibble form

    http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab


    Innova-

    http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab


    Timberwolf Organics-

    http://www.timberwolforganics.com/cat--Pet...Foods--pet_food
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    If you do decide on a change, do it SLOWLY, too fast can cause
    diarrhea and that won't help the weight at all!!

    Something else I thought of, does your dog get any exercise? I
    wouldn't start out with too much for an underweight dog but a little
    could stimulate appetite...

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    Re: Skinny dog

    Also do you worm her regularly , we do it every three months .Our dog really filled out after being neutered- now hes tooo fat
    Can go from 0 - to bitch in 3.0 seconds .



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    Re: Skinny dog

    She is three. Thanks for the advice. Im pretty sure she doesnt have any parasites, I worm her regularly. She is three years old. I feed her purina dog chow.

    Thanks for the advice. Hopefully I can get her to fill out a bit.

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    Re: Skinny dog

    Quote Originally Posted by SmellTheColor9
    She is three. Thanks for the advice. Im pretty sure she doesnt have any parasites, I worm her regularly. She is three years old. I feed her purina dog chow.

    Thanks for the advice. Hopefully I can get her to fill out a bit.
    She does get regular vet visits and not just an over-the-counter worming medication, right? There are other things besides intestinal parasites that can prevent a dog gaining weight.
    Is your dog neutered?
    Also, when you change her diet, be sure to do it very gradually. Replacing her old food with small amounts of the new stuff, gradually increasing the new stuff and decreasing the old.
    Glad you came back to check on your post, keep us updated on how things are going, would you?
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    Re: Skinny dog

    I hate to say it but Purina is one of the worst foods you can feed. Loaded
    with corn and additives that are just no help at all.

    Would it be possible to post pics? Some sheppies in particular tend
    toward the lean, and it might not be a problem.

    Use the old stand-by, ribs, feel 'em but not see 'em.

    A lighter sheppie puts less strain on the joints. While you shouldn't go
    over board, you don't want excess weight at any time. My girl is a
    very healthy 67 pounds! (Some loss due to being a 3 legger... check
    her Dogster page!)

    I'm concerned about your girl.
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    Re: Skinny dog

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    Shes about 65 pounds. You cant see her ribs, but you can see her hips. Im gonna look at better foods for her next time I go to tractor supply for horse bedding. They have a pretty good selection.

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