What do you do when your dog is underweight?

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Gently run your hands along your pets sides and over the rib cage.

In a healthy dog, you should feel the ribs below a thin layer of fat.

In overweight pets, you won't be able to feel the ribs while underweight dogs have the reverse problem.

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Look at your dog from the side.

Her tummy needs to tuck up from her chest and not be level with or hang below her chest.

If you can easily see a dog's ribs, she's probably underweight.

But in some breeds, including Greyhounds, Whippets, and Italian Greyhounds, the dog's ribs show at a normal weight.

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Overweight or Underweight Pit Bulls.

At a proper weight your Pit Bull should have a slightly hourglass figure, viewed form above and the side.

The stomach should be slightly tucked-up and there should be no roll of fat over the legs or arm area.

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If you can easily see a dog's ribs, she's probably underweight.

But in some breeds, including Greyhounds, Whippets, and Italian Greyhounds, the dog's ribs show at a normal weight.

If the ribs are obvious and feel like they're covered with only the thinnest layer of skin, your dog may be underweight.

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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.

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Switch to a puppy food growth formula.

Puppy foods have more protein and calories per serving than many dog foods, making them a good choice for underweight dogs. You can also look for foods designed for โ€œall life stages,โ€ as these are essentially puppy food.
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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.

These will have a high protein and fat content, like 100% pheasant or bison, for example.

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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.

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