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March 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm #35894 Report AbuseJennifer BMember
I have a 1.5 year old female boxer. She has always been relatively small for a boxer, about 50lbs right now. She is skinny though you can usually see her ribs. I am told she is healthy and will fill out as she gets older and less energetic. I would like her to gain at least 5 lbs though. I have been feeding her about 4 cups of Taste of the Wild dry food a day. Any suggestions on the protein content or a certain type of food I should feed her that might help her gain weight? I get a lot of looks from people who apparently think I do not feed my dog… Thanks.March 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm #35895 Report AbuseMelissaandcrewMember
Lol. I have been there with a thin dog that just doesn’t gain. I would try Victor Ultra Pro or Abady granular. The Abady is almost 800 cals per cup. Its granulated and looks like dirt, lol, but it works wonders for weight gain. You can get a small box and just add a bit to each meal. Please note that both these foods are higher fat, so if your dog is fat sensitive, use caution. We have used them many times over the past year and have yet to have a rescue fail to gain with them.March 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm #35900 Report AbusetheBCnutMember
I prefer to think of it as brown sugar like instead of dirt like.March 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm #35905 Report AbusepugmomsandyParticipant
You can also add calories by adding some fat/oil. A Tbs of coconut oil has about 120 calories. There are also several recipes online for Satin Balls. You can also look for a food with a higher fat content and more calories per cup. Maybe a food for puppies, performance or working dogs.March 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm #35933 Report AbuseShasta220Member
I’ve not dealt with weight problems much, but the only logical thing I could think of is to get some extra fat and protein in there. Possibly adding coconut/fish oils and raw meats? Abady sounds like a good additive as well.March 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm #35962 Report AbuseInkedMarieMember
The BCNut is correct, brown sugar consistency is correct.March 18, 2014 at 8:00 am #36029 Report AbusedogspotindiaMember
Just add some meat, egg and some fat in your dogs diet.March 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm #36044 Report AbusethegoodlifeMember
You can try liver powder. I am a pet trainer and I just tell my clients to sprinkle a bit of this on their pets dry food once a day https://www.wholebites.com/index.php/benny-bullys-livermix-crumbs-and-powder-pet-treats.htmlMarch 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #36412 Report AbusemountainhoundMember
Totw is one of the lowest calorie grain free foods on the market, I would try something like Canidae Pure. For example Totw High prarie is 370 cal per cup vs Canidae Land (bison) is 474, Sea (fish based)-496 and Sky (duck/turkey)- 520.
so you could start out with land for easier transition and go from there. You can also add some digestive enzymes for increased absorption.
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