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Q: No Weight Gain????? Help!!

August 20, 2010 | By Sam | 2 answers | Expired: 1459 days ago

Sam

ok so my great dane dakota who is now around 5 1/2 has never been crazy about food! but she has been eating mostly all the time when we put food infront of her! We have the regular dog chow that all 3 of our dogs eat and the other 2 are perfect weight! we feed dakota 4-5 cups in the morning and 4-5 cups at night! But shes NOT GAINING ANY WEIGHT!!!!!! i dont know how 2 fix it!!! we have looked into higher fat foods but they are always soooooo expesive!!! any ideas???????? please HELP!!!! thanks!

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Mary C.
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Aug 21, 2010

When you speak of a better food being more expensive think of the reasons why as well. A food with a good quality meat based protein will give you more nutrition than a food full of cereals and grains that make up the protein source in the food.The fats will also come from good quality sources as well. Also the calories in a quality meat based food are higher therfore giving you more nutrition per cup than others with fillers. In the long run you actually will be feeding less food, getting better nutrition and your dog should gain weight. Just make sure you have ruled out any parasites or health issues that could cause your dog to not be gaining the weight that you would like to see.Some dogs, like you say do very well on an inexpensive food, however not all dogs do, your Great Dane may have more energy needs and require more energy from his food, this is where you may find a more natural higher quality food may help.

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alice m.
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Aug 23, 2010

Don't Know exactly what to tell you bout the type of food to use, but my friend has a GD and I know she feeds it well and it gets plenty to eat. Marley is active and has a large yard and she just runs off her weight. She looks very thin but is in excellent health and has very good muscle tone. Could that maybe be why your dog doesn't gain?

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