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Q: How can I help him gain weight in a healthy way?

August 11, 2009 | By Barbara Y. | 3 answers | Expired: 1798 days ago

Barbara Y.

Yesterday I was talking to the vet, and she told me Jasher needs to put on quite a bit of weight. She suggested letting him have food in his bowl all the time until he gains some weight. He's doing fantastic, and you'd never be able to tell by the way he acts that he had Parvo a few weeks ago.

He is getting his appetite back, but I am concerned about how much weight he lost, and I am looking for a healthy way to help him put on some much needed pounds. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Jessica P.
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Aug 11, 2009

I disagree with your vet, from personal experience, give your dog a serving or two of food up to 5 times a day, not free feed. This is better for his stomach and long term weight and eating habits. Also feed him puppy food, high quality of course. Also mix in scraps of any fresh foods you eat (chicken, beef, pork, carrots, tomatoes...etc). Also long slow to medium paced walks daily to help build up muscle and bone mass not just fat. Adding weight takes a long time, sometimes up to a year to get back to an ideal weight. Good luck! Also sometimes vets guess at what a dog should weigh, but some dogs are just skinny. I had one dog that we could not get up past 44 pounds, the vet told us he should be 60...but that just wasn't going to happen, he was healthy and happy and ate fine, so he was skinny oh well.

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Ethel02
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Aug 11, 2009

Have you tried mixing wet food in with dry, that might work, but he will probably get used to it & want it that way all the time, I've always given it to my dogs that way, you can cut back as he puts weight, right now give him a good glop of it in & mix, please not a crappy brand, then cut it back to 1 tablespoon when he gets the right weight, if you have to nuke for about 15 sec. to get it to room temp when you take it out of the fridg, brings out the taste.

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Mary C.
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Aug 12, 2009

I agree that a good quality puppy food or a high protein, low carb diet (such as grain free foods) should do the trick. It is also a slow process for a safe weight gain so I also agree not to free feed but do several smaller meals through the day.

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