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#1 bskeeter

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

I have a 7 month old pup that needs to put on just a few pounds. Of course being a 7 month old baby, he is very active!!! :lol:

I have never had to "fatten" up a dog before, just the opposite.

Does anyone have a suggestions on what I can feed him that will help?
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:30 PM

Are you sure your pup needs fattening up?
All cases I have seen where people were thinking their healthy dogs needed to be fatter they were actually at a very fine weight.
But I do like my dogs lean.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:50 PM

I agree with Smalahundur. Is someone telling you that he needs to put on some weight? Even some vets think that some working dogs are too lean because they (the vets) are used to pudgy pets. In my (limited) experience and from what I have heard from more experienced BC owners, it is not unusual for an adolescent pup (6-12 months) to look like it comes from Biafra - very skinny. If your pup is energetic, he may be fine.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:18 PM

No one is telling me that he needs weight put on, I just feel that he is way too thin. From the way he feels when I put my hands on him, if you shaved his coat off, he'd look like a skeleton with skin covering it. You could plan a tune on his ribs and backbone. :unsure:

I too like my dogs lean, but I just think this is too much. People often comment on Belle that they think she is too thin...but she's just fine.

I guess I'll wait a while longer and see if he changes, then address it again.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:06 AM

What are you feeding him now? How much? Any supplements?

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:09 AM

He gets three cups a day of TOTW. No supplements.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:10 AM

He gets three cups a day of TOTW. No supplements.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:49 AM

You're joking right? You know better! Leave him alone and quit obsessing :)
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:03 AM

@ Journey... :P OK. I heard ya!!!!! :lol:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:30 PM

Pictures would be helpful, but I'm guessing he is fine. For a growing puppy in particular, I'd much rather they be a bit underweight than a bit overweight. It's much healthier in the long run.

Is he a rather large boy? My bc girl is on the bigger side (47 pounds) and she gets two cups per day (also TOTW at the moment). She is "sport fit." She's also built more like a greyhound than a border collie.... :P

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:19 AM

We have two that we need to try to put weight on. One thing that has helped is adding some salmon oil on top of the food. We have also used satin balls (look it up on google) to help with their appetite.

And yes, both of these dogs were too thin...even from my vet who thinks my other 9 border collies are the only correct weight dogs she has!

The age has something to do with it to. I've found the boy dogs at around 9 months start to look like boneracks...

The other one we had to put weight on had lost weight around her skull as well, that tells me they are truley skinny and not just thin

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