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Q: how do I help my boxer pup gain weight in a healthy way?

September 5, 2008 | By Boxermum | 4 answers | Expired: 2193 days ago

Boxermum

I just bought a 7 month old boxer pup that wasnt good enough for the show ring. She used to show, but her mouth has a fault. She is pretty skinny, I can see her ribs and feel them. I have her on a raw food diet b/c I heard it is great for helping dogs become healthier. I feed her quite a lot at each meal and she eats 7 in the morning and 7 at night. any suggestions? I was thinking of feeding her 3 times a day and she is going to get checked for worms even though her poop looks great and her breeder already had her wormed

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Ethel02
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Sep 06, 2008

Without seeing your dog its hard to say if she looks unhealthy or is just going thru her gawky stage, but I have never had a dog more than a week without bringing them for a meeting with my Vet, and my greyhounds from NGAP are in wonderful condition and if they have a problem I'm told about it before I take them, my Lab from County rescue was a different story, but as perfect as the greys are they go and are checked from head to toe and I'm sure glad I brought my Black Lab she had a bit of almost everything, she's great now, love them all

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Pitbullluvr17
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Sep 05, 2008

nothing to worry about. my family has had boxers for years and they don't start filling out till they are about two years old. but if you want to keep her even more healthy you might want to consider putting her on missing link. you can get it at your local pet store. it is great,it has many things that are good for your dog. as for the feeding three times a day, i don't think that is necessary, because of her being a female, she would normally be smaller then the male puppies.

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Egleeson
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Sep 05, 2008

You can ask your vet about putting her on a higher fat diet if you're really worried about it. Switching her to dry and canned food with raw meat and veggies added to that could help also. There are a lot of puppy foods out there formulated just to combat this problem, since puppies generally need more fat then older dogs, as they are energetic and growing.

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Anonymous
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Sep 05, 2008

Feed 3 times a day if your time permits. Make sure she is getting enough fat and calories. There is nothing wrong with feeding raw, but alot of people don't do it right and the food misses important ingredients like fat, minerals and vitamins. Boxers are lanky at 7 months anyway. Give her time, she'll gain weight.

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