Hi guys, I need some feeding advice.
My blue heeler pup, Boots, is about 10 months old. She was spayed last fall and then pulled her stitches out which resulted in emergency surgery and part of her intestines were removed.
She's perfectly happy and healthy now and the vet did a GREAT job of saving her.
My concern is her weight. I can't seem to get weight on her. She has access to free choice puppy chow about 18 hours a day. Only time she doesn't have access is at night when she's crated.
She only eats when she's hungry and she's not too thin, just thinner than I'd like. I can easily feel her ribs and hips. She runs like a crazy and is burning off what food she eats. She has good muscle tone and such, I just want to make sure she's getting enough nutrition for the amount of energy she expends during the day running cattle (not working just being a pain in the rear) and playing with the other dog.
Soooo... How do I get a dog who doesn't free choice eat more than she wants, to gain weight without adding a bunch of 'crappy' food to her diet???