I noticed that when I stopped wetting Harry's food his bad breath stopped. The stuff gets trapped in their teeth when it's moist and stays there and then really stinks. How much does Perry weigh and hold old is he?
Spencer I think I remember you mentioning a visit to the vet a while back when you first started asking about weights?? I could be making that up too who knows, I;m kinda tired haha. I was... I took him to the vet awhile back when everyone started telling me how skinny he felt. I hadn't noticed myself because I see him every day. I feel him every day... kind of like when your kid grows just a bit and you don't notice but others do.
You know on the mention of maybe changing his food reminds me that SolidGold makes one called barking at the moon. We used it to put and then keep weight on the italian greyhounds we had. The calorie content is pretty high. They were horrid about being picky skinny little monster and soooo high energy it was crazy keeping them from looking like we were starving them. They are supposed to be thin anyway but they tend to be shown a little on the fat side instead of all their ribs poking out. It's Good stuff and they liked it which was good. I will have to look in to it... I think they sell that at PetCo.
Have you tried any of the enzyme supplements like prozyme (if he'll eat with a powder on his food) ? They unlock and make more of the nutrients in dog food more available to the dog, and put weight on. Honestly I would try that and then start looking at adding things like satin balls to the diet. Make the most of what you are feeding as the base of your diet before you start adding more to it. That only makes sense to me since you can throw off a once reasonably balanced diet by adding things to just put weight on, which would be no good. At least in my opinion it's no good. When I run out of prozyme and don't get more in because I've forgotten or haven't had time my husband notices that the poodles drop weight. Unless of course I add about half a cup to a whole cup of food to their daily rations.
Another thing a friend of mine added to her dog's diets was canned tuna three or four nights a week. She was trying to get a better coat with the added fats in the fish, she ended up with a fat dog. lol. Thats something to think about I suppose. She added just a table spoon or two each night that she was feeding it. I think she bought the tuna packed in oil. I am sensative to fishy smelling dogs so I've never tried it.I haven't tried any additives. I never have with any of the dogs. Where would I get prozyme?
Specifically feed the puppy? I had heard feeding puppy food would help before, I just didn't know if it would work. However, I see that KPoos suggested it too!Instead of the silk balls I feed Royal Canine to increase body weight. They absolutely love it dry and gobble it up just like they are getting a special treat.
For your little guy I'd try this; Royal Canin Mini Breed Puppy Dog (33)
Guaranteed Analysis %:
Crude Protein Minimum 33
Crude Fat Minimum 20
Moisture Maximum 10
Crude Fiber Maximum 2.6
KP, are there any you suggest specifically? What do you give Harry and Mia?Feed him puppy food. It has a higher fat content in it and it will help put some weight on. Harry is just a thin guy too and he loses weight in the summer which our vet said is totally normal. You can't see ribs or bones but he's pretty trim. I'm letting him eat puppy food with Mia and notice that he seems to be filling out a tad. Some dogs are just thin. I mean it's like humans, some of us have higher metabolisms than others and that is herditary. Some struggle to keep weight on and some struggle to take weight off.
I thought that it was hard for them to digest pig ears?Another good treat for weight gain is the pig ears.