I have a 2.5 year old female English Bulldog named Lulu. When purchased her from a reputable breeder, she was about 10 weeks old. She has turned into a wonderful dog. I'm trying to see if anyone might have suggestions on how I can help her to put some weight on. I have just returned to work after a very long layoff that was driven by the current state of our economy. So, my funds are limited yet I want to do whatever I can afford to help our dog.
When she was less then 6 months old, our Vet said she was picking up weight way to fast and that we should go ahead and take her off of Puppy Dog food as it was very high in fat and the Bulldog breed can easily become overweight quickly. Well, I took her off the puppy dog food and placed her on a regular balanced dog food. Well, over the past year we noticed she seemed to be loosing weight. Well now, she is extremely thin and underweight. We've slowly changed her over to several good brand dog foods yet she seems to still be very thin with no weight gain. I then was told by an out of state friend that is a Vet that I should give her a round of Pancur C wormer that would get rid of all types of worms and even some parasites. He said that might be the problem. Well, I have done this and still see no change in her weight. Other then the weight loss she acts perfectly normal. She eats well, her stool is fine, she will play when you want to play and just acts like she always has. Except she is extremely thin.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions that I can do to help her that might not bankrupt an already bankrupt man - LOL.
I would suggest a couple of things. One is to take a stool sample to your vet and have her checked for worms. Next I would put her on a high performance dog food such as Purina Pro Plan Performance or Eukanuba 30/20. Also google Satin Balls for dogs. They are high calorie meatballs that you make yourself and will put weight on her.
I know money is tight so definitely do the fecal because that's pretty inexpensive and when money isn't so tight, or if the performance foods don't work, have bloodwork and a malabsorption panel done on her to see if it is a metabolic problem.