My rescue came to me at eleven months and weighed 63 lbs (the same as my adult female Weimaraner). I could see his rib cage, his backbones, hip bones. It was very distressing. I tried all kinds of kibble, added silk balls, etc, and several months later he was still barely pushing 68 lbs. Vet checked out fine. No parasites, perfect bloodwork, etc. and even if I tried to feed him more and more, he would just stop eating when he was full, and I had to pick it back up to keep the Weim from becoming obese
Then I spent several months resigned to the fact that I just owned a skinny dog who was not interested in food. He was healthy in every other respect, and I understood he didn't need extra weight at that young age (leaner is better), but owning a dog who looks like he is being starved is hard to handle.
So I picked back up on my research, and made a discovery and a very drastic change. We went prey model raw. For the first time ever, I watched him get excited for his dinner and eat with gusto and abandon. And granted, he was approaching his second birthday, so it was about time for him to start filling out, but the change was remarkable. He packed on some weight and more muscle, and the Weim slimmed down and also started looking more defined.
And in the end, I could have kicked myself for all the time spent looking for the perfect formula kibble, hours wasted preparing crazy recipe silk balls, etc., when all it took was to feed the dog a ridiculously simple, naturally canine diet. Doh!
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