How to get a dog to gain weight?

Asked By: Jermey Cassin
Date created: Mon, Dec 21, 2020 12:40 PM
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4 Tips for helping your dog gain weight

  1. Choose a higher calorie food. Select a food that is higher in calories and protein like what you would offer a canine athlete…
  2. Feed small meals throughout the day or consider free feeding…
  3. Supplement meals with snacks…
  4. Use wet or fresh foods…
  5. Picky eater…
  6. Stress…
  7. Illness…
  8. Old age.
Answered By: Gianni Reichel
Date created: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 2:43 PM

On average, a puppy should double his birth weight by one week old.

Followed by a consistent 5% - 10% daily increase.

From six weeks onward, a small breed pup may gain around 5oz per week, a large breed pup around 2.5lbs.


Underweight pets should be eating foods that are around 30% protein and 20% fat if they're eating dry kibble, or 7% protein and 5% fat, or higher, if you're feeding a wet food.

Intersperse your pet's diet with small amounts of high-calorie supplemental canned food or canned products made of 100% meat sources.

The best formulas of dog food to gain weight have high levels of calories and protein. Consider switching to a dog food like Purina ONE® SmartBlend® True Instinct Nutrient-Dense Adult Formulas, which have 30% protein, 17% fat and real meat as the #1 ingredient.

Best High-Calorie Dog Foods for Weight Gain

  1. Bully Max High-Performance Super Premium Dog Food.
  2. Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula Dry Dog Food.
  3. Merrick Grain Free Dry Dog Food (chicken)
  4. Tuffy's Pet Food 131523 Nutrisource Performance Dry Food for Dogs.

Getting too little exercise is another common reason dogs gain weight.

Get exercise tips from your vet and then start any new workout plan for your pooch slowly.

Chronic illness. Chronic conditions like Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism) or hypothyroidism can also cause weight gain in dogs.


How To Help Your Dog Lose Weight

  1. The food factor…
  2. Get specific with how much you're feeding…
  3. Try breaking up meals…
  4. Food quality is also key…
  5. Treats count, so count them…
  6. Increase Exercise, Safely…
  7. Rule out a medical condition…
  8. Weight Loss (and Maintenance) Is A Long Game.

Weigh your dog at least every 1 to 2 weeks.

Using the recommended guidelines, overweight or obese dogs should lose about 1% to 2% of their body weight each week.

If your dog is not losing weight, the daily calories may need to be restricted further.

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