We often see overweight dogs that are in desperate need of a diet, but what about the dogs who could gain a few pounds? Here’s how to help your skinny dog gain some weight!
If your dog is suffering from weight loss due to old age, or just needs to gain a few pounds, there are many health tips and tricks to help him gain weight. Your dog’s health is very important, you must maintain a balance of diet and exercise.
Let’s take a look at some healthy, all natural weight gaining tips for skinny dogs!
1. New Feeding Schedule
Dogs metabolize and process food in different ways than humans, but the concept can be quite similar. For example, people who eat less than a few hours before bed are more likely to gain weight. Our doctors encourage us to not eat before bed, as our body will store the nutrients as fat. Using this logic in reverse, you can actually help your dog gain some necessary pounds.
If your dog eats twice per day, as many do, consider giving him a smaller portion of food in the morning, and a larger portion at night. This will cause his body to store fat during sleep, instead of burning energy. This method also ensures that your dog doesn’t burn wanted calories off while exercising throughout the day.
Another weight gaining method is to feed small meals frequently. By splitting your dog’s daily does of food over three or four meals, you will be providing him with nutrients all throughout the day. This new schedule should help your dog gain weight.
Exercise caution when allowing your dog to be active after eating. Wait a minimum of 30 minutes after eating to exercise your dog, in order to avoid bloat.
Puppies and developing dogs often have to eat high protein and fat foods to promote growth.
2. Higher Protein or Fat Food
If you’ve ever welcomed a puppy into your home, you understand the importance of higher protein and fat foods. These nutrients aid in growth and development for young dogs, and are necessary for pups to advance into adulthood. These foods can be expensive, but are very worth it!
The same method can be used for dogs needing to gain weight. Using a higher protein and fat food will help your dog gain weight over a period of time. This method is used to aid your dog in weight gaining gradually. With higher protein and fat food, you will start to notice an increase in your dog’s weight within a few weeks.
If you are able to find a higher protein percentage food, in the same meat protein that you are already feeding, you can start adding it right away! If you are required to switch meat proteins for more nutrients, mix a small amount of the new food in with your dog’s old diet in order to prevent any stomach upset.
The formula is simple. Start with 10% new food and 90% old food, and increase the new food each day until you reach 100% new food. This may take 10-14 days, and your dog may still experience upset stomach for a few weeks after. This is normal, but you should consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns.