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Old 11-28-2012, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best way of putting weight on puppies ?
Without upsetting their tummies with junky treats.
Our Miss Lola just needs more of a covering of weight.
We do not like to feel the notches on her spine.
Otherwise she is fit healthy and eating well.
She's fed Science diet puppy with butchers tripe mix tins.
Although she eats her food she is a little indifferent to say the least.
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Poodle seem to be very good at watching their weight and tend to be lean! My guy only eats when he feels like it. I would consider switching to a higher quality food. She may need to eat less to get the same benefit. Check the link below for dog food reviews.

Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor

You can also search on this site for a gauge to measure your dogs weight. Dogs should be thinner that we think.
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I would switch to a better food. I am not surprised she is not gaining weight while eating food that has corn as the first ingredient and contains only by-product meal for meat.

You will want to choose a food that has a named meat (such as chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) or named meat meal (such as chicken meal, beef meal, lamb meal, etc.). Avoid foods with a lot of grain in the first five ingredients.

Here is the ingredient list for Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development, this is better suited to chickens than puppies IMO:

Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Brewers Rice, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, L-lysine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Magnesium Oxide, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.
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I have been speaking to a friend who breeds Whippets here in the UK and has several Show Champions. After our discussion I am going to use the remaining SD as a mixer and giver her frozen tripe from a UK supplier. The breeder used the SD that is why we have kept her on that brand which was best practice and it is by no means a bad food it is just we would like more of a covering on her spine.
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Keeping looking for better food.
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Hello Russell! I understand what you're saying, when I first adopted Jewel she was a skinny minny! Ribs, shoulders, hips & spine all sticking out of her, the shelter told me they had trouble getting her to eat, even canned food she'd turn her nose up at.

I spent a couple months crying over my skinny dog trying brand after brand, toppers, hand feeding...anything I could think of or do to get her to eat. She'd even go days without eating when she already had bones sticking out of her!

It wasn't until someone gave me a hard lesson and I moved away from the "big" brands that she started to eat. The more meat the food had in it the more she'd eat. She went from 7.8lbs to 9lbs and she was eating the highest protein foods I could find her.

What could it hurt for you to try a brand of food with more meat & less grain to see if that's what she's wanting?
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We are going to feed her raw tripe or a barf diet. After reading up on it we think it will do the job just fine. It is very high protein and like I said we will use the remaining food we have as a mixer then see how we go on it. I think she is not under weight it is we would just like more of a covering at this time.
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Please note that raw tripe alone is not a balanced diet and you can't feed that long term. It can be tricky to feed home-prepared diets (whether raw or cooked), particularly to growing puppies, so please be cautious as you move forward. It's important to provide he correct amount of calcium: enough for a growing puppy, but not too much because puppies cannot excrete excess calcium the way adult dogs can. The calcium-phosphorus ratio is also important.
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PaddleAddict is giving you good advice.....and get off sd asap! I had a picky eater problem that was solved using a high quality kibble and feeding raw just twice a week. Molly is now at a perfect weight with the benefit of having clean teeth too!
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We had (and still have) a bit of difficulty getting Ralph to gain weight. When he was younger we could easily feel his spine. Now you have to try a little harder but he's still on the low side of healthy. (Vet says he's OK, but I can see his hip bones too easily for my liking). I found that offering him less kibble more often helped. I would also coax him to eat more by adding a teaspoon of something yummy to his meals (soft food, a bit of salmon oil etc). He was originally on Orijen large puppy but was too rich (had the runs frequently). We switched to Acana Pacifica but seemed to lack nutrients because he started eating poop, now he's on Acana Ranchlands which seems to be a good balance. He's gaining weight slowly, but steadily. We also supplement with a few different types of treats spread throughout the day (beef liver, dehydrated duck etc) just to increase the calories for him. He eats over a cup more than the bag says for his weight, I think Poodles are blessed with high metabolisms!
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