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My german shepherd is 19 months old and pretty thin, weighing 61lbs, and quite tall at 25.6 inches. She eats 6 cups a day of dry kibble. Currently she's on Medi-cal Fiber because she has stomach issues. She used to eat Medi-cal Preventative and I switched her to fiber after she began to constantly pass gass. However, now she is still not gaining weight. So, the vet suggested I switch her back onto preventative to help her gain weight, which I'm in the process of doing. She's started to pass gass again, and after 2 weeks of slowly switching her has still not gained a single pound. I'm a student and struggle with the $100 bags a month as it is and can't imagine having to pay more. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to help her gain some weight? Or a kibble that will keep her stomach settled but also keep her at a healthy weight? Thanks in advance!
 

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You could try feeding satin balls for weight gain, you can look up the recipe here or google it. Definitely a lot more economical than specialty foods and very effective. I've read from other posters that Wellness Core helps with stomach issues, especially soft stools but haven't used it myself.
 

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What testing have you done? Suggestions to put on weight without knowing the cause is a pretty futile effort IMO.

IBS....EPI.....SIBO........parasites......common allergies....any number of things.
 

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The vet has ruled out EPI quite a while ago. She's up to date with all her shots, and has been on a few different medications for her stomach issues - including metronidazole and a clay kind of substance (can't remember the name) when she had soft stools as a young pup. She's also been put on meds for worms to rule that out - she didn't have them. And she's been tested for parasites as well.
 

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Was the EPI test blood or stool? Some dogs are borderline.

Not all worms show up easily in stools. What was the length of the treatment she was on and what was it?

Soft stools? What are other symptoms. Has she been tested for SIBO?

Have you ever tried putting her on enzymes?
 

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Even if you tested a while ago for EPI, may be time to test again? Also, SIBO is hard to test and can come back negative. My dog was on enzymes for epi and dropped to 48 lbs. Sibo test was negative however a specialist had me put her back on tylan powder for treatment and she gained 8 lbs in 2 weeks.

If your dog has frequent (larger volume) stools, I would definately have her tested again for epi and sibo.

Good luck.

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I believe it was just a stool sample for the EPI. She's never been tested for SIBO, the vet said Rooney most likely just has an irritable bowel. When she was on the meds for wormsa few months ago, it was 3 pills all at once (I can't remember the name). The first time she was on for worms was a pill every day for a week and she had no problems (this was when she was 5 months old).

She doesn't have soft stools anymore, that was when she was a young pup. Now her stools are firm and normal. She has no other symptoms that I can see, she's still playful to the point of annoyance, sleeps as much as usual, eats all her food. I just can't seem to get her to gain weight. 7-10lbs would be perfect - her ribs wouldn't show any longer and she wouldn't be over weight.
 
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