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Although obesity is a too frequent problem in dogs today, there are also dogs with the opposite problem: your dog may be skinny because he does not eat enough, because he burns a lot of energy or because he comes from a place where he was not treated and fed correctly.
Help your dog to have a Healthy weight It is an important task for dog owners, but a dog that is too thin is a delicate problem and making it gain weight can be a difficult task, do not worry, there are solutions for your dog to gain weight.
In this AnimalWised article, we will explain how to make your dog gain weight.You may also be interested in: Why doesn't my dog get fat? Index
- Consult your vet
- Keep a diary of your weight
- Quality food
- Increase calories in your diet
- Small but frequent meals
- Make the food more appetizing
- Physical exercise
- What's more...
Consult your vet
The first thing if your dog is skinny is to ask your vet to do a complete physical exam of your dog. Many diseases can cause weight loss and loss of appetite: diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, or a digestive problem can cause weight loss. If your dog has a disease, it is important to diagnose it as soon as possible to treat it and make it improve.
Also consider asking your vet to perform fecal tests to check if your dog has intestinal parasites, if this is the case, you will have to administer a vermifugation to your dog. Once the vet has ruled out a disease, ask him to tell you what the ideal weight is for your dog. This weight will be your goal in your weight gain program..
Keep a diary of your weight
Now that you know that your dog does not have any disease, you will be able to start making some changes in his diet and in his way of life to help him increase his weight. In the meantime it is highly advisable to carry daily with your daily meals, treats and physical exercise and your weight each day. So if your weight goes up or down you can see it and objectively look at the reasons for these changes to improve your weight gain program.
Improving your dog's diet is not only based on increasing calories but also on a balanced diet and suitable for him.
Check the quality of your feed, and make sure that on the composition label the first thing on the list is proteins such as "lamb ", "ox " or "chicken " instead of starting with cereals such as corn or the wheat. Indeed, the best food for your dog is based on meat, eggs and vegetables.
Increase calories in your diet
One of the keys for your dog to gain weight is to increase the calories in his diet to ingest more calories of which you spend during the day but it is important to know that too many calories too quickly can lead to digestive problems causing vomiting or diarrhea. In the same way, adding too much fat can cause digestive problems such as pancreatitis..
To add calories you can start adding 50% of your daily food and see if your dog gets fat, then if you see that he does not gain weight, add more amount progressively.
Small but frequent meals
When adding quantity, it is important that you add a meal so that your dog eats during the day regularly: if your dog was used to eating once a day at night, add a meal in the morning, if your dog already had two meals, add a third meal at noon.
Even if you can, you better get 3 or 4 meals a day instead of 2 very large meals: digest food more easily and metabolize nutrients better by eating smaller but more frequent meals. Ideally, no more than 6 hours should elapse between two meals. The thinner your dog is, the more important it is that he receives small but frequent meals.
Keep in mind that by increasing the amount of food your dog eats and their meal times, you also change their needs for elimination of feces, this may require a small adjustment in daily walks. This practice is very useful to prevent stomach torsion..
Make the food more appetizing
If you usually give your dog dry food and you have noticed that he does not like it very much, you can try putting hot water on top of his food, then wait for it to cool down and then give it to him, many dogs find dry food more appetizing applying this little trick.
If you see that you still don't like it very much, change your feed for a wet food that he likes more to encourage him to eat to encourage your dog to gain weight.
If he still does not eat, do not hesitate to visit our article on why my dog does not want to eat and use some tricks that are shown there.
At first glance it might seem contradictory to recommend physical exercise for a dog that needs to gain weight: indeed physical exercise burns calories but is beneficial because it allows your dog build muscle instead of just gaining weight by accumulating fat.
In addition to physical activity increase your dog's appetite. We advise you to increase physical exercise very progressively and without overdoing it as you increase the calories in your food. But remember that your dog has to eat more calories than he expends to gain weight..
Remember that getting your dog to gain weight is a process that can take time and requires patience and that you make small changes to your and your dog's habits to help him reach a healthy weight.
You can complement all of the above and offer small treats to your dog on an occasional basis. Practicing obedience will be a great way to give your dog small treats when he orders correctly.
Intelligence games that dispense food are also very useful and stimulate your mind.