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So just before Roxy bloated she was getting kinda thin. So we added wet puppy food to her diet. Since her bloat she has completely gone off the Honest Kitchen dehydrated Raw, but she loves the puppy food, so I have been mixing in a little Victor puppy kibble to bulk it out. But she is still not gaining weight. I give her 1 pouch and 1 cup of food AM and PM and something like a chicken foot or kong full of PB and treats for lunch. I even purchased a calorie builder liquid to add to the food but it's not having much effect? If I feed her too much in one go she ends up pooping through the night.

She is 14 so is this just a case of it is what it is now? She doesn't appear to be loosing any weight, but I just cant get any weight back on her.
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Do you feel like it is mostly just a loss of appetite, or could there be a physical problem stemming from her age or directly from the bloat episode?

Has she had her blood values for things like diabetes or kidney disease tested? I'm guessing they did a full set during and after her bloat episode, but I'm wondering if she has something metabolic starting up which has caused her weight loss.

Perhaps her bloat just set her back a bit and she's not recovering quite as quickly as a younger dog would. Does the vet think that her system has healed completely from her bloat, or does she still seem to have digestive problems--a sensitive stomach or intestinal tract which might be traceable to that incident?

Puppy food is higher in calories than adult food; it could just be that she needs more calories than she can tolerate in a bulkier adult food.

You could try feeding her 3 times a day. You wouldn't give her quite the same amount for each feeding, but the total would add up to more.

And/or you could try adding something like a little extra cooked chicken, scrambled egg or canned tuna, or even add a little broth to her kibble. I figure when they are that age, they get to eat almost anything they will eat, so long as it's at least semi-decent food. So if you have to add a little extra of something that normally you wouldn't give your younger dog, go for it.

But I'm also wondering about the peanut butter--it is high in fat, which of course adds extra calories to her diet, so it is helpful there. But the high fat content can also cause digestive upsets. The sugars and fats in peanut butter can also be a problem for a diabetic dog, so that might want to be something you look into. (And of course, make SURE the peanut butter isn't sweetened with xylitol--that's a different issue from weight loss, actually, but that sweetener can be deadly for dogs and some manufacturers [I don't think the ordinary major brands do] use xylitol in their product.)

But if she hasn't had blood values checked since she has healed up from her surgery, I think I would get that done too.

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Yeah she is ok recent blood work is good, better than good actually for what they expected. Any puppy food you suggest?
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I'm not that knowledgeable about dog food--but there are some smart people here who maybe will chime in.

I do think I'd try feeding her 3 (or maybe even more) times a day to see if part of the problem is just that her stomach can't tolerate as much bulk as she needs to eat to get enough calories when she is only eating twice a day.
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