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Canine Weight Booster (Stress Induced Weight Loss)

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  • Canine Weight Booster (Stress Induced Weight Loss)

    One of my dogs, Zeus, has started to lose a little bit of weight. He had a vet check at the very end of July including fecal, physical, dental check, blood test which all came back with a clean bill of health. Zeus doesn't adapt well to change and in the past we moved in with a friend for a couple months while I was looking for a home and then moved into the house I bought so lots of bouncing around for him. Things have started calming down a bit and Zeus is less anxious... back to his playful self and less worried as a whole, but I can tell he has lost weight and on a leggy and naturally thin dog that fluctuates between 26-30lbs you can really tell. He has probably only lost 5lbs, but he has such little body fat as is that he is just looking too hippy for me to be ok with. He is active, eating his regular meals, normal stool, no signs of discomfort or illness, and no loss in muscle tone. To help him put the weight back on (I don't feel like this needs to be long term, once he gains it back since his anxiety is slowing down I think we'll be good) I am wondering what you all would do:

    A) Only increase current food amount unless no change in ___ weeks
    B) Supplement with high calorie gel for a week or so, if longer how long... until change is noticed?
    C) Add high calorie/protein topper with food (ie: eggs or all natural PB or post other ideas)
    D) Mix of two or all of the above
    E) Something completely different, please explain below

    I have to be careful about food options because my other dog is allergic to pretty much everything. I am not going to be switching foods around because of cross contamination... but if there is a supplement or topper or add in I can give that would be great - I can do it in a separate dish and immediately wash (ie: other dog is allergic to egg so I can't just let that sit out without closely monitoring). Or, just increasing food is easy enough.

  • #2
    I'd just feed him a little more. If he won't do more in his regular meals, can you add a third?

    Once he's at a weight you like, just cut him back.

    No need to complicate with other stuff. Just more of the same.


    • Original Poster

      I can definitely feed him more. He will eat and eat and eat so that won't be a problem. The only thing he is specific about is that he likes it better if I wet his food. Since he was a pup he has been really slow at chewing the hard food... but he has always eaten it. I wasn't sure if that was enough, but if so I'll keep at it and just track his weight.


      • #4
        Simplest solution first If he won't eat enough, then explore other options. But if he's a good eater, then it should be pretty straight forward and easy to get a bit of weight gain



        • #5
          Originally posted by Simkie View Post
          I'd just feed him a little more. If he won't do more in his regular meals, can you add a third?

          Once he's at a weight you like, just cut him back.

          No need to complicate with other stuff. Just more of the same.
          Same. If the food agrees with him and you're dealing with other feeding issues - this is definitely the simplest and potentially best solution.

          I definitely would not increase with anything high calorie for a short term. Not without vet direction and for specific reasons (e.g. need to bring weight up quickly for some specific reason).