How can I fatten up my emaciated dog?

Answered by Frank Schwing

I’m not an expert, but I can offer some suggestions on how to help fatten up an emaciated dog. It’s important to note that if your dog is significantly underweight, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues and to get personalized advice. However, here are some general tips that might help:

1. Choose a higher-fat and higher-protein dog food: Look for dog food formulas that are specifically designed for weight gain or are labeled as “high calorie” or “high energy.” These types of foods often contain more fat and protein, which can help your dog gain weight. Additionally, consider rotating different brands or flavors of dog food to find one that your dog enjoys and finds enticing.

2. Increase the frequency of meals: Instead of feeding your dog just once or twice a day, try splitting their daily food portion into smaller, more frequent meals. This can help increase their overall calorie intake and make it easier for them to consume more food.

3. Add additional small servings: In addition to their regular meals, consider offering your dog an extra small serving of their usual food throughout the day. This can be an extra meal or a snack-sized portion. Be cautious not to overfeed, as sudden large portions can cause digestive issues.

4. Incorporate high-calorie additives: Adding calorie-dense foods to your dog’s meals can help increase their caloric intake. Cooked sweet potatoes or pumpkin are excellent options as they are high in nutrients and can be easily mixed into their regular food. Additionally, a small amount of peanut butter can be added to their meals for an extra calorie boost. Ensure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs.

5. Offer high-fat treats: Treats can be a great way to supplement your dog’s calorie intake, especially if they are high in fat. Look for treats that are specifically formulated for weight gain or are labeled as high-calorie treats. Be mindful of the portion sizes and avoid over-treating, as excessive treats can lead to weight gain without proper nutrition.

6. Consider smaller, more frequent meals before bedtime: Providing a small, high-calorie snack right before bedtime can help ensure your dog has a continuous supply of nutrients throughout the night. This can be beneficial for dogs who have trouble maintaining weight or tend to lose weight while sleeping.

Remember that weight gain should be gradual and healthy for your dog. Monitor their progress closely, and if you’re not seeing any improvements or if your dog’s condition worsens, consult with a veterinarian for further guidance. Each dog is unique, so it’s essential to tailor their diet and feeding routine to their specific needs.