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    01-26-2012, 11:07 PM
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Trying to put more weight on my dogs

I have 2 dogs, a Great Dane and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Both of them seem under weight, although the vet says they're fine. You can see their ribs and sometimes parts of their backbones.

I would really like to put more weight on them, but I'm not sure what's the best way to go about it... The Dane eats 8 cups of large breed dog food a day, fed twice. The GSP gets 6 cups, fed twice. I feel like that's a lot of dog food, so I'd like to figure out something I can supplement with the food they're already getting. Bacon grease? Lard? Oil? Eggs?

Suggestions?
     
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    01-26-2012, 11:20 PM
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Green Broke
We have 4 dogs. A Great Dane, Bluetick Coonhound, Dutch/German Shepherd mix puppy, and an Akita/Pitbull mix. We leave free choice food and water out all day for them. Even though I know it isn't recommended it's worked for us for years and none of the dogs are too skinny or too fat. They are all a perfect weight. Just my own thoughts/expierences. Hope you figure it out! :)
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    01-26-2012, 11:24 PM
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I would love to do that for them, but they would eat an entire 40lb bag of food in one sitting. They've gotten into the food before and eaten the whole thing. What a mess that was, I am sure you could imagine. Thank you :)
     
    01-26-2012, 11:26 PM
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Green Broke
Haha our dogs are weird. We leave the 50 pd bag on the floor and they never touch it. Even when there bowls are empty. I must have odd dogs! Haha
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    01-26-2012, 11:34 PM
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If you aren't feeding a good quality food, your going to have a harder time putting weight on and keeping it on.

Your dogs need healthy grains, proteins and fats.

Not processed by products, food dyes, ground corn etc.

And I wouldn't even consider adding bacon grease or lard to my dogs diet. That's insane. Would you eat it? You'll end up killing your dogs faster by doing that. I think you should research dog foods, really get into detail and go from there before pumping your dogs full of unnecessary calories.

I have 3 labs, they get 4 cups of food a day. They are fed Canidae ALS, It is corn, wheat and dye free. Also doesn't have by-products in it. It does have enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, whole grains, chicken, lamb, fish and turkey. Brown rice, millet, fruits and vegetables. Very healthy.

They also get raw bones, which are great sources of calcium and a great way to clean their teeth by scraping away plaque. Occasionally they'll get a canned food, but the ingredients are similar to their dry food. Their treats are also all natural or hollistic, or are dehydrated bits of meat. When my female was pregnant, she got a combination of dry food, canned food and a raw diet.

They do get table scraps, but what I eat is healthy and digestible for my dogs. No harm. But if they get table scraps, their dry food is cut back to lessen the calorie intake for the day.
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    01-26-2012, 11:49 PM
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Here is a link to what I feed them now. I consider it a pretty good dog food, if you have suggestions for a better food, I'd love to hear them. I am open to all suggestions... I just don't want to feed them MORE food, when I don't think that's what they need. I think they just need a fat supplement of some sort.



http://bluebuffalo.com/dog-food/lp-large-breed-fish
     
    01-26-2012, 11:51 PM
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You also need to take in account what breeds that they are. Those two breeds are NOT dogs that have excess fat on their bodies. They are built lean, like a thoroughbred. I've seen many Great Danes with their ribs showing and hip/back bones. That's just the breed and adding excess weight onto your Dane is going to play a major role in his lifespan being decreased. They already have a short enough lifespan 6-10 years? Maybe.

Adding fatty food to his diet is only going to cause heart failure soon because of the plaque buildup in his arteries. Like high cholesterol in a person. Plus the added stress on their joints which will lead to arthritis and the onset of hip dysplasia.

The GSH is also a leaner dog. They also are working dogs and have a high metabolism. If he's "too" skinny, increase his dry food by a cup.

http://www.masayagreatdanes.com/pict...n_stack_sm.jpg
http://www.alaskadockdogs.org/wp-con...Great-Dane.jpg
http://dog-harness-store.com/images/...padded_LRG.jpg

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    01-26-2012, 11:58 PM
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Blue Buffalo is a wonderful food. How much do your dogs weigh? Age? I might try the regular adult formula which will have a similar amount of protein in it, but it will have a slightly increased amount of fat. Therefore, slightly higher in calories per cup of food. If your worried about the gluclosamine that they wouldn't receive in the regular adult, you could always supplement it in pill or liquid form.

If your vet isn't concerned by their weight, I wouldn't be concerned. I'm sure they have been, but make sure they have been dewormed. Just to cover the bases of parasites.

I'm a big fan of Canidae. I worked in a pet store for almost 5 years and we had numerous nutrition clinics that we had to attend. The protein content is 24% and the fat content is 14%.

Blue Buffalo and Canidae are on the same level quality wise.

You could add Salmon Oil to their diets. It's a healthier fat, plus the omega fatty acids are great for vision, joint and skin health.

Or you could mix 2 foods together. EVO is a completely grain free dry food, that has a high protein and fat content. You could mix in some of their with the food they are eating now to give them more calories. The fat content in EVO was around 30%, protein was in the 50% range. But, I wouldn't feed it completely solo. After the research I did, I found that the contents were just too high for my dog to eat as it's main food. Mixing would be best.
     
    01-27-2012, 12:00 AM
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They're both noticeably thinner then all the dogs you've posted. I understand that they're lean dogs. They also are high energy, and get walked frequently. I could limit their exercise, but I feel like they need it. Because they're working, high energy dogs...

If you wouldn't suggest lard or bacon grease, what would you suggest? Other then giving them MORE food. 8 cups of food for a 70 lb dog is a lot... He's not a big Great Dane by any measure.
     
    01-27-2012, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Blue Buffalo is a wonderful food. How much do your dogs weigh? Age? I might try the regular adult formula which will have a similar amount of protein in it, but it will have a slightly increased amount of fat. Therefore, slightly higher in calories per cup of food. If your worried about the gluclosamine that they wouldn't receive in the regular adult, you could always supplement it in pill or liquid form.

If your vet isn't concerned by their weight, I wouldn't be concerned. I'm sure they have been, but make sure they have been dewormed. Just to cover the bases of parasites.

I'm a big fan of Canidae. I worked in a pet store for almost 5 years and we had numerous nutrition clinics that we had to attend. The protein content is 24% and the fat content is 14%.

Blue Buffalo and Canidae are on the same level quality wise.

You could add Salmon Oil to their diets. It's a healthier fat, plus the omega fatty acids are great for vision, joint and skin health.

Or you could mix 2 foods together. EVO is a completely grain free dry food, that has a high protein and fat content. You could mix in some of their with the food they are eating now to give them more calories. The fat content in EVO was around 30%, protein was in the 50% range. But, I wouldn't feed it completely solo. After the research I did, I found that the contents were just too high for my dog to eat as it's main food. Mixing would be best.

^^THIS is what I was looking for. Thank you!

The Great Dane is 4, and weighs 70lbs, and the GSP is 5 and weighs 60-65lbs.
     
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