Food To Build a Dog Up Or Gain Weight


food..for a very thin dog which needs building up..

Some people swear by Satin Balls. Good stuff if it is not to rich for her tummy. Don't cook it, tho. Feed raw. I will send the recipe when I get home.

Also, cooked white rice mixed with baby food [meat] or canned dog food, mush it up with dry kibble, is good for a shiny coat and good intestinal health. Cottage cheese is good, too, mixed in with the dog food. Feed 3 or 4 small meals a day, if you can. (from Robyn at RPOArescue list).

Nutro High Protein is a great food for putting on weight. We have used it many times. High protein and high fat are what you want to put on pounds. Flax seed oil is best for fat calories ... but olive or canolla will work fine too. Plant based oils are best as animal fat contains too much cholesterol.

You can get Nutro foods at any Petco or Petsmart. You can get Flax seed oil at any health food store. Only use a tablespoon of the oils .... too much can cause tummy upsets. And as for changing foods... always mix half and half with the old food for 3 days. (from Devin Gibson at RPOArescue list).

food... adding weight
Here's the info I have on Satin Balls (the "I" below is not me :). FYI, I don't like Total as it has too much sugar I'll try one without sugar or double the oatmeal. I also have put in yogurt or peanut butter in place of the eggs.

Lin Grado
Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas
A proud supporter of Doberman Rescue Group of Oklahoma

Satin Balls

Ingredients

10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
1 lg. box of Total cereal [or comparable natural brand]
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
10 raw eggs
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf. Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze. Thaw as needed.

Fat Food

Ingredients

10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
1 lg. box of Total cereal [or comparable natural brand]
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 lg. jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 lg. jar of unsulfured molasses
12 hard boiled eggs
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf. I make mine into little meat balls a little smaller than a golf ball. Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze. Thaw as needed.

Uses

I take a frozen pack to dogs shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat of Texas summers...

All my dogs go crazy over this stuff...but you have to be careful, it will put wt on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough....I feed a pack a day...half in am , half in pm.

When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven't got to the point where they won't eat anymore. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that's all I have).

The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof.

The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when this in on the food(I long ago stopped trying to "bury" it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite.

Comments

Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs:

Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish. My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.

The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days...that's why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let my girl eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!

I just find that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement. I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite...no picky eaters here.

Just don't try to hide it in the kibble...they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls! My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls...not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I saves money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.

I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin. Since this is high in vit C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don't seem to mind the added flavor.

I am also adding Flaxseed oil. They probably don't need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.

I personally wouldn't use salt in the satin balls recipe. The recipe that I am familiar with is:

1 pound hamburger,
package of oats,
package of cream cheese,
large jar of wheat germ,
6 egg yolks(the whites interfere with b-vitamin absorption), jar of unsalted peanut butter(peter pan makes one available in grocery stores),
a cup of milk.
It is all served raw.

I have had great success with the Satin Balls...however, I did give one dog a nasty, nasty bout of pancreatitis with them. So you might want to go easy on them ..watch the fat content and up it gradually so you don't get the pancreas in an uproar.

I also have added baby formula to their food..

1 small can pet milk
equal amounts distilled water
1 tbs. karo syrup
1 tbs. cod liver oil
3 egg yolks

this will add weight also.

(All of above was from emails on the RPOArescue List).


Colby Glass, MLIS