Yes, I have the opposite issue as most people, I'm sure!
I currently feed Canidae and have for 11 yrs. Usually my dogs maintain pretty decent weight but this spring my crew must be burning more calories than normal. Anyhow, I'm hoping to breed Sonya, 3.5 yo, in the fall, and right now, she's VERY lean. Normally I'd be pleased, but because I am breeding, I really need to get a little extra weight on her since mine will often go off their food for a week or so due to morning sickness and it's hard to catch up from there. I've upped her food by 50% at least, and am making only minimal progress it seems (she's out of coat so it's really noticable). Put my hands on her ribs, and they are right THERE. Any ideas? Canned food? I will occasionally add fish skin if I grill some salmon for myself. Also give fish oil / vit E supplements and a good probiotic/digestive enzyme. I hate to add cottage cheese or anything w/ too much calcium, though that may be fine before she's bred.
I think I'm going to weigh her this afternoon but last I did, she was only ~57# and is ideal at 60#. My 2 oldest are down to 53# (from ~58# last fall). Crazy.... I think it's too much mouse hunting in the field and the cooler spring made them happy to be outside more! Anne
ETA, don't know if the photo really LOOKS like she's thin (though I think you should be able to see the outline of her rib cage there). Her construction is such that she really never has much of a tuck even if she's anerexic. My vet would love her right now.... problem is, I know she's too thin under the circumstances.
Last edited by windycanyon; 07-13-2010 at 05:48 PM.
Have you tried just increasing her food amount a little? I usually end up increasing Caleb's food by a cup every summer.
Try green tripe, Solid Gold makes it in a can. And salmon oil.
When Rhys gets really thin, I add egg yolks.
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I'll try to stop by my holistic vet today if I can leave early for my classes-- they've got a great retail store there. We don't seem to have much around here, but whatever I do, I'd rather try to stick w/a balanced diet. The good news is she's gained a little bit in the past month (weighed her yesterday). Still needs at least 2, if not 3# though.
What about Satin Balls?
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Thanks all--- I think I'm going to try one of the high cal EVO foods for now. I'd just as soon stick w/ a known balanced product since reproductive health is at stake and this will be her first breeding. Will shop later today!
Watch the calcium levels in the Evo food.
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