"I mixed a teaspoon of Peanut Oil with Merphy's dry food each day, and he gained almost two pounds a week...that was a little too much as he was only 16 lbs."
Thanks Heather, I am going to try this with my Whippet. She is like a humming bird. I have a terrible time keeping her weight up. At best she looks skinny, but when she goes on a hunger strike she looks downright morbid. I have been wanting to get her about 1 pound overwight so that I have a little room for error. My fear is that one day she will get sick and she has no fat on her body to help her through a spell of no eating.
My vet told me to give her Kraft Dinner?... this is not rest well with me. But the Peanut Oil, that just may work.
***Edited By: puppywishes on 6/6/2006 2:11:41 PM*** Reason: words
Here is recipe that everyone claims will put some weight on a dog and is very healthy:
SATIN BALLS 10 lbs hamburger meat (the cheap kind) 1 lg box of Total cereal 1 lg box oatmeal 1 jar of wheat germ 1 1/4c veg or sunflower oil 1 1/4 unsulfered molasses 10 raw eggs, including finely crushed shells 10 envelopes unflavored gelatin pinch of salt or sea salt
Mix it all together, like you would a meatloaf. Make patties or balls. Divide into 10 Q freezer bags and freeze. Thaw as needed.
Also you might add something like Prozyme or Peak Grow (Peak Performance when your dog is a little older) to make sure she is processing what she is eating. I had a dog that was too thin as a result of her gut bacteria being off after several rounds of antibiotics. We didn't realize what was going on with her, but she kept losing weight. Adding some yogurt and Prozyme, and then later the Peak Products solved the problems - she hadn't been digesting her food.
Weight gaining is for adult dogs If this puppy does not have parasites all you are going to do is cause it to over gorge on food. Trying to force weight on it is only asking for problems like pano to develop. As long as the pups appitite is good, supplimenting should not be done if hte dog is healthy.
This same thing happened to the Dobe puppy I just got. I got him at 8 weeks and he was firm and round, but then over the past two weeks he has really slimmed out so I got really worried. But my vet said that is common with large breeds...there legs and body grows upward for a certain period of time making them a little unporportional. It's just part of the growning process with large breeds.
You guys are right, a chubby large or giant breed dog is not a good thing. Everyone thinks that chubby or rolly-polly looking puppies are the cute ones, but it's not good on their growing bodies to have extra weight. :)