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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Need to gain weight!!

Hello all,
So a little while ago I posted a forum on what to feed my V because of losing weight and a gas problem. Well, I fixed it by putting Stig on Blue Buffalo, and it has significantly decreased his gas problem, but we can't get him to put on weight! He looks like skin and bones (can see his ribs, spine, and recently hip bones). He gets a lot of exercise everyday, and gets nearly 3 cups of food a day (spread across morning, lunch, and dinner). Does anyone know how to put on weight SAFELY and in a HEALTHY manner?

PS- My agility instructor told me that she has noticed that intact males lose weight around this time of year (Stig, is a 11 month old intact male). Anyone know why?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 07:13 PM
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Re: Need to gain weight!!

In my opinion, 3 cups of food is not much for an active intact male Vizsla (depending on his activity level). Miles (our 14 month V) eats 3-5 cups a day free fed and he exercises about 3 hrs a day. He needs more calories than bag recommendations because of his activity level. We supplement with various types of meat, sweet potato, eggs, peanut butter, and cooked vegetables. I think in the winter their body has to work harder to stay warm so they burn even more calories.

I know many also supplement with "satin balls" which you can find the recipe with a search on the forum. We have been meaning to try them.

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My intact female is almost 11 months and she gets about four cups a day over two feedings. Up his food.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 08:58 PM
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Re: Need to gain weight!!

I'd consider free feeding him for a while. If he wants 6 cups a day, that maybe what he needs.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 09:59 PM
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If he's skinny, feed him more. Some dogs need more than others. They all have differing metabolisms so each dog is different. Just cause the pack says this much, doesn't mean it ok for him.

As an aside, I know lots of really skinny male V's who looked like bags of bones till they were 2. They eventually fill out.

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 12:45 AM
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More food.... Dont starve the poor boy if he is to thin!

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 01:59 AM
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Yep, I agree... Stig just needs more food!! ;D

If he's finicky about eating, do give the "Satin Balls" recipe a try. (Use Search box in upper right of your screen). If he's not finicky, just keep increasing his food gradually until you get the results you want, and then level off. You can pretty much ignore what it says on the bag of dog food. The key is to just keep an eye on his weight and use your common sense. ;D ;D

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 04:41 AM
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Your dog is at an age where he is maturing and you need to up his feed like the others say.

We had the same problem with our year old intact male - all of a sudden he was looking very lean and ribby. Although it wasn't obvious he may have had another growth spurt and started to fill out.

We feed raw and we increased his food by 100grams a meal. So he now gets 1kilo of meat a day and is looking great. Obviously, it will be a lot less with kibble but sounds like you need to increase his food quite a lot also.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 04:52 PM
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Yep, more food! Ruby eats over 3 cups a day and she's a 9 month old female. She's been eating this amount since she was like 3.5 months old!
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 06:37 AM
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Get ready to stoop and scoop more also.... Unless...

I would up the kibble quality, instead... Or mix some of those yummy RBD style satin balls http://redbirddog.blogspot.ca/search?q=Satin+balls 8)



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