How to Get your Dog to Gain a Healthy Weight?
For any member of the dog, it is important to keep track of its normal weight. Even a healthy dog may be underweight or overweight, but disorders caused by illness or injury are of particular concern. After being properly screened by a veterinarian to prevent health problems, most can be helped to gain weight by making changes in the diet and life of their dogs.
Diagnostics of the Lack of Weight
• In general, your dog has a healthy weight if you can see its waist, when stroking the sides, you can feel its ribs, but they are not visible, and the belly line is slightly raised towards the hips.
• If you can easily see most of the dog's ribs, spine and hip bones, then it is too thin.
• Some dog breeds, such as Greyhounds, some hunting and herding dogs (Border Collies, Pointers), tend to be slimmer than other breeds like Mastiffs and Labrador Retrievers.
If you think the dog should be following her weight gain plan, you should start keeping track of it.
Check with your veterinarian. You need to make sure that your dog's weight loss does not have any medical problems. The dog may suffer from a disease or be infected with parasites, which is not always visually noticeable on your own, so a veterinary examination is necessary.
Overall, your dog is at a healthy weight.
Increasing the Calorie Intake of the Dog Diet
Introduce additional feeding into your dog's daily diet. If the dog eats in the morning and evening, introduce a midday afternoon feed. It is not necessary to change the existing diet, just one extra feed to increase the calorie intake.
Remember that by introducing additional feeding into the diet, you change the walking needs of the dog, which may necessitate changes in the walking schedule.
Rate the quality of the dog food. Dog food is available in a wide variety of quality characteristics. You need to make sure that you are feeding your dog the right calories and the right nutrients.
Try a different food. Or you can use proven homemade food recipes. In high quality feeds, protein ingredients such as beef or chicken tend to come first.
Be aware that abrupt changes in your dog's diet can lead to digestive upset. Consult with your veterinarian about switching to a new type of feed.
Take care of yourself and your pets!
With love for your dogs, DogRook!