|10-22-2013 01:31 PM|
|SusiQ||You can try adding NutriCal (comes in a tube - high calorie, vitamin/mineral dense) to food or peanut butter. I have been adding it to peanut butter for my Raven, whose diet had to change after a partial mandibulectomy following an oral bone cancer diagnosis last Spring. It was difficult to get the weight back on her with a thick liquid diet, so I began to add the NutriCal - I'm happy to say that she has gained back several pounds already. It is like a thick syrup when it comes out of the tube.|
|10-18-2013 11:50 AM|
If he's really not eating, he may be one of the 'picky' eaters many of us have. So we just kind of cater to them to make sure they eat.
Have you seen the good ideas on: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...cky-eater.html
|10-18-2013 11:40 AM|
You're right, MaggieRoseLee - I think the dane he was bred from was one of those skinny, whippety type danes you see now. I'll get you some pics. He's not emaciated or anything, but the vet said he was really underweight and needed a bit more.
It isn't the appearance of him that bothers me as much as the lack of nutrition. He's only 1, and many danes especially don't fill out until age 3, so I'm sure he'll get himself together.
|10-18-2013 11:26 AM|
You are going to need a better picture if you are trying to prove he's too skinny. I can't see his ribs, he looks heathy to me.
You need 2 shots of him, both standing. One from above looking down, the other directly from the side from nose to tail. We want to see a waist and tummy tuck.
Be aware, the vast majority of dogs in the USA are FAT FAT FAT so our mental picture of a fit and healthy dog is messed up when we are seeing fatso dogs all the time.
Great Danes and GSD's can both look lean and lanky and be HEALTHY.
Look how skinny this boy is!
|10-18-2013 11:21 AM|
|arby665||My female is also a very picky eater. She hates red meat unless it's cooked. She will sometimes go a couple of days without eating. Sometimes she will only eat kibble. Other times she will only eat raw. For a little while her weight dropped dramatically to the point where you could see her backbone. She looked terrible but I figured she wouldn't let herself starve to death. Vet says she's in perfect health. My male on the other hand will eat everything and anything that we put in his bowl which is nice. I would have never believed a dog would turn down food until I saw it with my own eyes.|
|10-18-2013 11:07 AM|
I have not tried satin balls - maybe I need to up my game with richer and more flavorful offerings. Eggs, beef and chicken help sometimes, other times not. What dog turns their nose up at BEEF?
My husband is convinced that we're going to turn him into a spoiled brat, and he wants to convince the dog that kibble is his food, period. He thinks if we continue to dress up his bowl every day that he'll always expect the royal treatment. I know that this can be a pain, especially if we have to board him or have others come over and feed him if we go away, but right now he needs to get some weight on. He's about 95 pounds and ought to be 120 at least.
I'll try some more creative options for snacks - even liver treats for obedience class do not interest him. *sigh* I wind up giving my treats to other handlers in the class, even though we don't feed him prior to class.
Here he is: Maybe he didn't HEAR us call him for dinner?
|10-18-2013 10:43 AM|
What about adding an egg to each meal, it's good for their coat and it adds a few calories.
Maybe some canned tripe? Cheese? A chicken breast? Some beef?
Have you ever tried satin balls?
Maybe try carrots and peantut butter or apples and peanut butter as snacks?
|10-18-2013 10:31 AM|
Not interested in food, can't keep weight on
Hello, we adopted our GSD/Great Dane in July and from day one we've had a heck of a time getting him to eat. He's a big boy (32" at the shoulder) but is way too skinny and needs to put weight on.
He is one year old next week and the vet says there is no medical reason, i.e. his mouth and teeth are in great shape, he appears healthy and all his labs are perfect. He is very high energy (that is an understatement) and he'd rather be playing with us than eating.
We have tried a variety of super premium kibbles as well as basic premium kibbles (grain-free) and I hesitate to go any further down the quality ladder, but he is not tempted by these foods, even when we add canned food, yogurt, warmed broth, etc. We give him 3 cups twice a day but he's eating a total of about 2 cups per day, and some days he skips it altogether - he's not ill but he'd rather chew a nylabone or run around in the yard.
He is very attached to us so he doesn't like to be left on his own to eat -he is anxious to be back with the pack. If you sit near him while he's eating he just wants to play or be petted. We refuse to engage - it is suppertime, pal! - and he'll eat a few pieces and then just lie down, perfectly content to leave his food. I can hear his stomach growling!
I jog with him 4 miles a day and he plays fetch, frizbee and he has a tug rope hanging from a tall tree branch that he attacks daily, so there's no shortage of exercise. He's also in obedience classes weekly and we train daily on his exercises, so he gets mental stimulation as well.
I've never had a dog that turned his nose up at food, so I'm wondering if there is a brand of food that I could try that others have had success with, or any other suggestions. He could use a good 20 pounds.
We have tried the "he'll eventually eat when he's hungry" method, but this has been going on for 3 months and he's never seemed to be hungry yet!
I appreciate any advice you might have.