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When a dog does not eat enough or eats but does not get fat we are faced with a serious problem that we must solve. The diet we give him may not be the most correct or he may suffer from a disease.
In this AnimalWised article we will explain what are the main causes that can cause your dog not to gain weight. Keep reading and discover why doesn't your dog get fat, as well as possible solutions.You may also be interested in: Why doesn't my horse get fat? Index
- My dog is very thin
- The ideal weight
- Why is my dog not getting fat?
- What can I do to make him fat??
My dog is very thin
Before determining if your dog is too thin, we must know the characteristics of the breed. Not all dogs are the same and therefore each breed has a different body and weight.
If you have just adopted your dog and he comes from the street or has had problems, it is normal that at first he does not eat regularly. It is important to space your meals in small amounts until you regain your weight. It is not advisable to overfeed the animal. In a short time you will see improvement.
If your dog has started to lose weight for no apparent reason, is fatigued and you can see his ribs with the naked eye, he probably has a problem. To know if this is the case, we must know the ideal weight of our dog.
The ideal weight
Obesity is a problem that affects many dogs today. For this reason, the values of í have been studiedBody mass index in dogs. These values indicate the ideal weight of a dog of a certain breed or size. It is very useful to know this information not only to determine if your dog is too thin, but also to control that it does not exceed its weight.
Depending on the size of your dog the ideal weight is between the following values:
- Toy breeds: 1-6 kg
- Small breeds: 5-25 Kg
- Medium breeds: 14-27 Kg
- Large breeds: 21-39 Kg
- Giant breeds: 32-82 Kg
These values give us an approximate idea of what our dog should weigh. You can find out about the specific weight for your dog's breed. Some examples are the following:
- Beagle: 8-14 kg
- German Shepherd: 34-43 Kg
- Boxer: 22-34 Kg
- Labrador retriever: 29-36 Kg
If your dog is below these values, he should gain weight.
Why is my dog not getting fat?
The main causes why a dog does not gain weight or is thinner than it should are the following:
- Bad nutrition
A poor diet that does not provide the necessary energy for your dog can cause serious deficiencies. Inadequate feed, of low quality or a low quantity will make our dog lose weight quickly.
Problems such as IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) can arise that prevent you from absorbing nutrients properly.
- Diseases or disorders
Intestinal parasites can cause a lot of harm to dogs. It is important deworm internally and externally to the animal every three months.
There are some diseases that make our dog lose weight quickly. They affect the intake of nutrients and, therefore, it is important to go to the vet if we see our dog lose weight drastically. Some of the diseases that cause thinness are:
- Diabetes: weight changes are very drastic. Lack of insulin causes serious deficiencies in nutrient intake.
- Addison's disease: weight loss accompanied by vomiting.
- Thyroid-related diseases
Excess exercise if it is not accompanied by a consistent diet can cause imbalances. Growing dogs or lactating bitches should not consume excessive energy. If our dog is very active, we must increase the amount of food. Always adapting to the level of exercise performed.
What can I do to make him fat??
To increase the weight of our dog we must choose a quality feed. Consider the size, age and physical activity of your dog to select the most suitable for him. When you have it, give the recommended amount and compare with the amount you gave previously. If the difference is very large, gradually increase the amount. This way you will avoid diarrhea and digestive problems.
The liver, rich in iron and vitamins can help your dog. You can give it to him of cooked beef or chicken, several times a week while he is gaining weight. Keep in mind that canned foods contain a large amount of water, so they tend to contain fewer calories.
While gaining weight, do not subject it to excessive exercise. The daily walks will be enough, so you will dedicate all your energy to recover and store some fat. On the other hand and as we have said before, deworming is essential for the health of our dog.
If after applying all these tips your dog does not gain weight, go to your vet so that you can determine if you have a disease that affects your metabolism. If not, a fattening diet and vitamin supplements should suffice..