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Olga was finally spayed Monday and she is acting like nothing happened. She has so much energy it makes me tired!

 

Anyway, I've had her around 3 months and have been trying to get weight on her the entire time.

 

Any suggestions on what to add to her food to help her gain weight? She needs about 3-4 lbs and she's going to her forever home on July 7th so I want to get her something this weekend

 

 

Thanks

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Fat balls perhaps?

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Fat balls perhaps?

 

 

Sorry, meant to say that I had been giving her that. I don't think they are fatty enough :lol

 

I am going to make another batch this weekend.

 

I was also giving her spam (low sodium) for the past week

 

Just need to add more fat but not sure what.

 

Are there any treats I can make that would help her gain weight?

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Meatballs, aka Fatballs, aka Satin balls... I used to make them for Sissy.

 

I'm sure the recipe is on here in various forms if you do a quick search. If you don't find it, I'll type it up for you later.

 

eta: I type slow. :lol

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Meatballs, aka Fatballs, aka Satin balls... I used to make them for Sissy.

 

I'm sure the recipe is on here in various forms if you do a quick search. If you don't find it, I'll type it up for you later.

 

eta: I type slow. :lol

 

Yep, already been giving her those and will make more this weekend

 

Ground lamb and some lite oilive oil (1 teaspoon twice a day) helped Lola. But I'm just a beginner :blush

 

Does lamb have more fat/calories than hambuger?

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Have you increased the amount of food she is getting? Also some kibbles are higher in calories then others.

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Have you increased the amount of food she is getting? Also some kibbles are higher in calories then others.

 

Yes, I increased it to 5 cups a day and poops more so that wasn't helping. She's back to alittle over 4 cups and poops are back to normal.

 

I will check calories when I go to Petco tomorrow.

 

A month ago when I was at Aimee's M&G, the Nutro lady told me to get the high energy kibble but I don't care for how soft their poop gets on Nutro. I might just get a small bag for the next week and see if that helps.

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Just adding some raw hamburger to her kibble should help.

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Yes...I've heard that Lamb is fattier than hamburger and also happens to be easier to digest for my girl.

 

Ok, I will check at the grocery store.

Thanks!

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Egg nog or real ice cream.

 

My girls love both and they are all on diets now! :blink:

 

I gave Olga a frosty paw and she got Big D, wonder if she would with egg nog???? I know I don't need to drink it if she can't :rofl

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Maybe Boost Plus or Ensure Plus.

My mother has been on this to help her gain weight. It's worked for her.

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Farnam makes a food additive called Weight Builder...it is for horses and is meant to add calories with out the risk of colic...I gave this to Bonnie in later years..it is 40% fat..it really packed the weight on her..I think the label says it's alright for dogs too.. :blink: it's just basically high calorie.I put a teaspoon on her food every day....Ensure Plus worked too, but pretty pricey..I tried the fat balls and they worked great...except I was handing them out to the others too and Justy got the squirts.. :eek He has a sensitive tummy also..

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Farnam makes a food additive called Weight Builder...it is for horses and is meant to add calories with out the risk of colic...I gave this to Bonnie in later years..it is 40% fat..it really packed the weight on her..I think the label says it's alright for dogs too.. :blink: it's just basically high calorie.I put a teaspoon on her food every day....Ensure Plus worked too, but pretty pricey..I tried the fat balls and they worked great...except I was handing them out to the others too and Justy got the squirts.. :eek He has a sensitive tummy also..

Thanks. There's a store near me that has it.

 

Maybe Boost Plus or Ensure Plus.

My mother has been on this to help her gain weight. It's worked for her.

 

Thanks

I will pick some up

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:lol Cat food always packs it on for Birdie! (Just Kidding not suggesting you purposely feed it, but it does work :eek) Edited by Finnsliz

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Some greyhounds just tend to be skinny and that may be Olga's case. I would screw with her digestive tract too much lest she gets the Big D. 4-5 pounds is really not that much.

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I have found that feeding raw chicken necks- with skin- tends to be pretty fattening. I have to watch and make sure I don't overdo it with our hounds when chicken necks are on the menu!

 

I think a 30- or 40-pound case runs about $17-18 here in Phoenix.

 

ETA: We get our raw meat from Von Hanson's, which has TWO stores in Eagan, MN (!).

 

Von Hanson's Meats

1320 Duckwood Dr, Eagan, MN

(651) 452-8660

 

Von Hanson's Meats

2141 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN

(651) 687-9311

 

I'm sure they don't stock the same things there as they do here in AZ (their sole store out west!), but there's a chance they strive to work with raw feeders.

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I have found that feeding raw chicken necks- with skin- tends to be pretty fattening. I have to watch and make sure I don't overdo it with our hounds when chicken necks are on the menu!

 

I think a 30- or 40-pound case runs about $17-18 here in Phoenix.

 

ETA: We get our raw meat from Von Hanson's, which has TWO stores in Eagan, MN (!).

 

Von Hanson's Meats

1320 Duckwood Dr, Eagan, MN

(651) 452-8660

 

Von Hanson's Meats

2141 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN

(651) 687-9311

 

I'm sure they don't stock the same things there as they do here in AZ (their sole store out west!), but there's a chance they strive to work with raw feeders.

Thanks!

 

I just picked up some pork necks tonight

 

:lol Cat food always packs it on for Birdie! (Just Kidding not suggesting you purposely feed it, but it does work :eek)

I've given her 2 cans of wet cat food this week since she was all plugged up from her spay surgery, worked like a charm.

 

Did you know that it smells the same coming out? :lol

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Yup. Dylan's poop smelled like canned Pro-plan. :puke But since we walked up and back the same road, I picked it up on the way back. :lol :lol

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She wasn't sure what to make of the pork neck but once she started chewing on it, she was in heaven!

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Maybe Boost Plus or Ensure Plus.

 

I used Ensure Plus vanilla when my foster had to gain 15 lbs. Just start with a small amount to make sure she doesn't get the Big D. Then if it is fine, I gave a can a day in addition to the regular feeding.

 

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FYI: Carnation instant breakfast is generally the same as Ensure or Boost and it costs a whole lot less--just use the powdered kind and make it with whole milk or even half and half. I would make oatmeal using this when I was trying to help my bridge girl gain weight...the oatmeal helps because it's fiber so there's not so much of the Big D.

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FYI: Carnation instant breakfast is generally the same as Ensure or Boost and it costs a whole lot less--just use the powdered kind and make it with whole milk or even half and half. I would make oatmeal using this when I was trying to help my bridge girl gain weight...the oatmeal helps because it's fiber so there's not so much of the Big D.

 

Cool, I wil try that. I didn't want to buy a case of the ensure and they didn't sell it in singles

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