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Old 11-11-2012, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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8 month Dobe needs to gain weight

Hello all, I was forced to put my dogs in a Kennel for 1 month as life gave me no other choice-- trust me I begged pleaded and did everything I could not to do it. Anyways I have them both back now and they need to gain weight. I have heard of Satin balls and was wondering if any specific recipe out there is preferable... I did find this one:
Raw Food for Dogs Satin Balls Recipe for Weight Gain - BARF: A Bones and Raw Food Diet for Dogs

My boxer has all his ribs showing and his spine, he was a little fat to begin with and my beautiful girl is very skinny as well however not as much as the other. The female Dobe was a very picky eater before however now she wolfs down food like there is no end. She has loose stool now as I imagine the excess food which I am feeding her.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The kennel deprived your dogs of the nutrition they needed? What exactly did they say when you picked your dogs up and they were under weight?


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Old 11-11-2012, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't feed them satin balls. I would just feed them a good balanced kibble to get their weights back where they need to be.

What was the problem with the kennel so that they didn't properly care for your dogs?
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I agree with Brw just feed a good quality kibble, dividing it into three or four medium portion meals per day helps too.

When I had a skinny boy i did 2 cups three times a day and he put weight on nicely versus 3 twice a day and runny stool and no gain.

Stressed or not if my dog came back that skinny from the kennel and they hadn't previously informed me how they were doing i'd be pretty pissed. Hopefully they did/were keeping you informed and you had no choice but to keep them there during your life circumstances.....
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For one thing they probably fed crap food in the kennel. If they are ok with nothing else wrong you can give another cup of food a day. Also you can add a Probiotic in the food. What are you feeding them? Split the feedings to 3 times a day.
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Thank you all. Yes they said they had just started giving them more food and that the weight loss was from exercise..?? LOL, I had a 1.6acre yard in the city and they had all kinds of exercise previously. I was lead to believe that this was the top kennel in the area and if I had to put them anywhere it would be there.

I am heading there today to talk to the manager. Ultimately I just want my happy healthy dogs back once again. My little girl even lost her voice.

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you all. Yes they said they had just started giving them more food and that the weight loss was from exercise..?? LOL, I had a 1.6acre yard in the city and they had all kinds of exercise previously. I was lead to believe that this was the top kennel in the area and if I had to put them anywhere it would be there. I am heading there today to talk to the manager. Ultimately I just want my happy healthy dogs back once again. My little girl even lost her voice. Thanks again Tenz
One other thing that helps if you can supply the same food you were feeding them at home.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Do you have pictures of your dogs now they're underweight? And photos from before they went in?

I would expect some weight loss from being in kennels, even if they're fed the same good quality food. It can be stressful, its a different environment. Sometimes they get sick if something is going around. But I wouldnt expect them to be worringly thin. It would be much easier to make an opinion with a photo. Did the kennels take the dogs to the vets? Have you taken them to the vets now they've been back?

Providing the vet says theres no medical reason why they've lost weight, I'd also agree with feeding more frequent meals of good quality food.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Do you have pictures of your dogs now they're underweight? And photos from before they went in?

I would expect some weight loss from being in kennels, even if they're fed the same good quality food. It can be stressful, its a different environment. Sometimes they get sick if something is going around. But I wouldnt expect them to be worringly thin. It would be much easier to make an opinion with a photo. Did the kennels take the dogs to the vets? Have you taken them to the vets now they've been back?

Providing the vet says theres no medical reason why they've lost weight, I'd also agree with feeding more frequent meals of good quality food.
Yes, I went straight from there to the Vet and had them checked. He gave them a clean bill of health.

When I dropped the dogs off I asked if they wanted my current food to use and they said nope it is ok, I know better and that is my fault.

I had talked to them today and got mixed answers however do feel a little better after talking with them. It does not help anything in the end however is a learning experience for me and them.

Once again thank you
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