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Q: wieght gaining on dogs

July 13, 2008 | By Sweetmmmangel2003 | 5 answers | Expired: 2249 days ago

my boxer/pit in he hot part of the year looks like we never feed her but we do she is also active w/ my kids in the yard anything we can give her o help her look healthy?

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Mandyspuppypalace
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Jul 15, 2008

My lab was like that, she ate and ate and didnt gain a pound. You could see her ribs and she was fed very well. She needless to say has a very high matabilism being a very young lab, but when we got here spayed she started gaining. We also switched her found to pedigree. She is still just as hyper, but now she looks healthy.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 14, 2008

First off -- take a trip to the vet to rule out any medical problems for weight loss or hard to gain weight.

Secondly, the feeding guidelines on the back of bags of food are just that -- guidelines. They are also guidelines for your pet's IDEAL weight, not their current weight. Take a trip to the vet for a physical and talk with them about what your pet's IDEAL weight should be, then start feeding according to the guidelines on the back of the bag according to that. If she is still losing or not gaining weight, increase her portions.

If she isn't gaining weight, increase portions. If she's gaining too much weight, decrease portions. Just remember, the guidelines are just that - guidelines. They are not set in stone. Every dog is different, just like people!

Some dogs are more active in summer months than in winter months. My two are so lazy during winter, I decrease their portions by 1/2 cup each. In summer, I increase their portions by 1/2 cup each, to compensate for their extra energy exertion because we go out a lot more in summer than winter, and they burn more energy during the summer months.

But please try not to change your dog's diet first without visiting to the vet to make sure nothing else is causing the weight loss, or making it hard for her to put on weight.

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betty p.
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Jul 13, 2008

My Differ is a pit mix and when she had to have surgery for her ACL, she lost 12 pounds. She was completely depressed because she was not allowed to run and play for the 2 weeks before surgery and for several weeks after. Running is her favorite thing to do.

She had always weighed in at 48 pounds. She dropped to 36 pounds quickly. We are talking in less than 2 weeks. We put her on puppy food and we also are on a really good food.

Make sure to check the label. If it has corn and/or by-products, don't feed it. You know what corn does to you. It goes straight thru. It does the same with dogs.

And if you get a really good natural food, yes, it is more expensive but they eat less of it. The waste in the yard is less.

Differ was on Innvo Puppy for 2 weeks and gained back 6 pounds. The rest came 2 weeks later. I then used up the rest of it with the adult Innvo that Alarm is on.

Get a really good natural food. Go to a Pet People or a Complete Petmart. They will offer up suggestions and usually they have samples which is what I did when looking for one that all the dogs would like the taste of. I picked Innvo as it also has a large kibble.

Good luck.

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connie l.
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Jul 13, 2008

Two of my Border Collies are very active and love to run. In the summer, we have daylight until sometimes 10:00pm at night. In the summer it is very hard to keep weight on them. I restrict their activity (especially when it's 80+ outside) and feed them twice as much. They get 4 cups a day. They will not gain any weight in the summer, but it will help keep there energy up when they are out. If you have just one dog, you could try feed feeding.

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bianca  m.
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Jul 13, 2008

i have a border collie who used to have the same problem so we started giving him more meals we gave him 4 meals a day and he gained some wieght and now looks healthy try it on your dog i am not sure it would work but it worked on me.

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