What can I feed my dog to help him gain weight?
Topic: What can I feed my dog to help him gain weight?
October 14, 2019 / By Wendy Question:
We just recently found out that our 10 year old Australian Shepard/Lab mix has cancer and that there is nothing we can do to help him. In short, he is dying and we have been advised to keep him comfortable until his time comes. He is a very happy puppy so we are not going to put him down. All we want to do is help him gain weight so that he is comfortable and has a full belly. What are some cheap way to help fatten him up?
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Sharalyn | 2 days ago
Dogs who have advanced cancer & are suffering weight loss (called Cachexia) need 17-20% more calories than they would normally, to maintain their weight. There are diets that are better than others, for dogs with cancer - high protein, moderate fat & LOW or NO carbohydrates that can help the dog live longer and will not FEED the cancer cells. See links below.
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Originally Answered: What should I feed my dog to help her gain weight?
I would switch her to a grain-free food so that even if she eats the same amount of food, she will be getting more nutrients and protein out of it. Pay attention to the fat and protein analysis and go for something a bit higher to help her put on the weight. A puppy food might also be a good bet, since it's meant to help puppies put on weight in their first year. Find a top brand of food with an All Life Stages Formula or a puppy and adult formula and put her on the puppy formula to put on the weight, and then the adult version of maintenance.
Some good grain free foods are Taste of the Wild, Innova EVO, Wellness Core and Blue Wilderness. Wellness core even has a "Lite" formula so you can put her on regular grain free Wellness Core to help her gain weight, and then switch her to the Lite formula to have her maintain her weight if she is a less active dog. Wellness and Blue also have puppy formula's (not grain free) that you could start will for weight gain.
I suggest joining this group http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/k9nut...
The owner of the group has developed special home made diets for dogs with cancer.
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pounding out your meat will help healthier portions go a longer way visually and its good stress relief
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please don't feed her cat food! the fish based protein will make her breath stink. I suggest puppy food. If she was sick, then puppy food with replace any nutrients she lost, plus fatten her up, but once she is at an adequate weight, put her back on adult food. Puppy food in long term can make her overweight. Also be sure that she is better. Parasites are a reason for lack of weight gain, so if there are any wormies in her intestinal tract, she won't gain. First rule out any medical reasons that may still exist, then try puppy food.
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I would suggest consulting with your vet first so he or she can give a healthy guideline for you and your pet. Have you considered a 2nd or 3rd opinion from different vets? Im glad that you are not giving up, keep giving your pet all the love and attention you can and with the right doctors/meds your dog may beat the cancer. Good luck and I hope your dog beats the cancer and lives a long, healthy, and happy life!
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