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My dog, Cooper is 15 months old. When he was 9 weeks he survived parvo. He's very healthy and happy now, but he's still on the skinny side. Anyone know a good dog food that might help him put on some weight? any advice is appreciated! thanks.
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What is he eating now? If it's a good quality food, just increase the quantity if he's underweight.

But is he actually skinny, or just on the lean side? Lean is healthier on the joints.

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Hello and welcome

read all the threads here some really good advice on great dog foods The members here are really knowledgable as for me I am trying to figure all out

Does your dog have worms or has he been checked for worms and or othere parasites lately
How much does he weigh and what is his structure

Maybe he is thin to you but really OK

PICTURES can you post them and members here will let you know

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks! Hes eating science diet large breed right now. Hes got a little muscle but he is skinny. He weighs 55 pounds.. he doesnt have any worms or parasites. hmm ill have to figure out how to post a picture
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Personally I would get him OFF of the S.D. I bet that would help, and he most likely wouldn't have to eat as much either.

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A good rule of thumb to determine whether or not your dog is too skinny is to look at his ribs if you can see them he is too skinny. If you can't seem them, but you can feel him, he's at a good weight.

Personally, I would not feed science diet. If you are on a budget, something like Natural Balance, or Solid Gold would be something to look at. Right now my boys are on Wolfking (Solid Gold) and they are lovin' it!

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thanks everyone! whats the problem with science diet? ive always heard good things about it until now..
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Does your vet sell it in their office? Do they recommend it? Typically the vet will recommend the food that they can make a profit on by selling it to their customers/patients. Most Vets have such a short time in school spent on nutrition and that "class" is taught by food representatives.

Granted this is not ALWAYS the case but it frequently is where a lot of recommendations come. I do not feed kibble so I do not have any recommendations for you.


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Science diet is an excellent source for prescription diets but for regular diets you can do better. Brittany, i,m in the same boat as you . my male is now 12months old and 55lbs. his rear ribs show but overall he looks great. i feed natural balance Sweet potatoe and fish formula myself. might not be the best around but its the one that works for him.

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The problem with science diet is the ingredients. You can do much better.

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