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  • Small JR needs to gain weight. Need food suggestions.

    I'm concerned about Shorty, the 11 yr old, female, 10+lb JR. She continues to look like she's losing weight.
    I have her on Wellness Core Ocean due to thinking she has allergies to chicken. I tried her on the same canned food & I swear, it's the stinking-est food I've ever smelled. She does not like it & actually won't eat it. She will eat the dry but not enough. She's like me, she likes junk food!
    She'll eat Alpo, Pedigree, etc. but I want a top quality food that is very high fat for her.
    Any suggestions for a top quality senior food?
    I just re-started her on Platinum Performance Bits which do seem to help.
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    Originally posted by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians View Post
    I'm concerned about Shorty, the 11 yr old, female, 10+lb JR. She continues to look like she's losing weight.
    at 11, she is now upper middle aged. Have you had a vet workup with a senior bloodwork panel done recently?

    I'm going to forge ahead and assume you did.

    If what she'll eat is the less expensive brands, use them. You need calories, not brand.

    When I had a senior dog who did not seem as interested in food, she got what she would eat. Pancakes with butter and syrup were a fav. Tuna fish sandwiches were also a hit. Miracle Whip seemed to be enticing sometimes. Vanilla ice cream was also a food of choice.

    if you really don't want to go to all human food, try some white rice with a spoonful of the canned food she .will. eat mixed in with her kibble.

    or just leave out the kibble.

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    • #3
      oh, and one more thing....you might try softening up her kibble with some water. Some elder dogs have trouble with the krunchy bits.

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        makes sense to soften the food. One other problem is that she'll vomit alot if she gets people food. I started her on Pepcid today, 5mg. Hope that helps to settle her stomach. She still begs for food & has an appetite, just doesn't look so good to me.
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        • #5
          if she vomits, try very small amounts of whatever you are feeding her, like a tablespoon. Do that more frequently.

          two more things my dogs liked were spaghetti sauce and instant mashed potatoes.

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          • #6
            Satin Balls are a tried-and-true method of putting weight on dogs.

            Have you run a thyroid panel, though, to see if she has a metabolism problem?
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            • #7
              plain yougurt might help with the vomiting.....and yes, feed small amounts frequently..........how about sardines?...i used them for my picky,skinny rescues, and they love it!..however ,don'tgetthe ones in oil, it will just give th dogs the runs..........i use water packed or in tomato sauce..........either way. it's good for the dogs and they love it.........
              my guys are also very fond of cottage cheese, the high fat (4%) variety........

              hope the little gal is okay and picks up soon!

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              • #8
                When my late girl was picky in her last year, I gave her whatever she would eat. To tempt her, I used bacon bits, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce. Liver, cooked or raw/pureed, works great too.

                You could try Dyne http://www.gundogsupply.com/dynhigcalliq.html It's a meal replacement and smells/tastes like vanilla, which most dogs like.

                Is she pooping a lot? Only asking because after being raw fed for years w/o problems, she turned her nose up at it so I switched to grain free dog food. A few of these made her poop more so nothing was staying in her and she lost weight quickly.

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                  #9
                  Thanks everyone. These are all great ideas. Shorty's blood work came back great except for slightly elevated platelet count (vet wasn't worried but I am & will pursue this further), & low normal thyroid. Vet sent more blood off to another lab to recheck thyroid level.
                  She acts like she feels okay, not her very best self but okay. If you say "mouse" she's ready to go.
                  I'm taking her back to vet tomorrow. If I can't get answers or results I'll find a specialist for her to be sure her senior years are great as can be.
                  I wish I could post her picture. She is the cutest little thing in the world. She is so special. She's the only dog I've every had that has to sleep INSIDE the pillow case making her own little bed with the case being her sheet. Just a doll.
                  Thanks again & keep the suggestions coming.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians View Post
                    I'm concerned about Shorty, the 11 yr old, female, 10+lb JR. She continues to look like she's losing weight.
                    I have her on Wellness Core Ocean due to thinking she has allergies to chicken. I tried her on the same canned food & I swear, it's the stinking-est food I've ever smelled. She does not like it & actually won't eat it. She will eat the dry but not enough. She's like me, she likes junk food!
                    She'll eat Alpo, Pedigree, etc. but I want a top quality food that is very high fat for her.
                    Any suggestions for a top quality senior food?
                    I just re-started her on Platinum Performance Bits which do seem to help.
                    I have a senior dog in need of weight. She is in the beginning stages of CRF. She is on a high protein, low phosphorus diet. Hard boiled eggs, green tripe, sardines, salmon are added to her food. She gets 3 meals per day. I feed Now dry dog food.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by threedogpack View Post
                      if she vomits, try very small amounts of whatever you are feeding her, like a tablespoon. Do that more frequently.

                      two more things my dogs liked were spaghetti sauce and instant mashed potatoes.
                      agree big time here, small amounts more often...
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                      • #12
                        but I want a top quality food that is very high fat for her.
                        Dr. Tim's Momentum? 35% protein, 25% fat, simple chicken/rice formula, rated very high-quality by most dog food raters. Probably have to mail-order it from somewhere.

                        have you seen the vet? older dog losing weight suggests something not good to me.

                        don't even consider the "senior" foods: many are still incorrectly formulated with lower protein (older dogs need MORE protein than younger dogs), and most are formulated assuming that older dogs need to lose weight.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by threedogpack View Post
                          If what she'll eat is the less expensive brands, use them. You need calories, not brand.
                          Dad's JRT won't eat unless you mix her dog food with some canned cat food. Then she wolfs it down.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians View Post
                            I'm concerned about Shorty, the 11 yr old, female, 10+lb JR. She continues to look like she's losing weight.
                            I have her on Wellness Core Ocean due to thinking she has allergies to chicken. I tried her on the same canned food & I swear, it's the stinking-est food I've ever smelled. She does not like it & actually won't eat it. She will eat the dry but not enough. She's like me, she likes junk food!
                            She'll eat Alpo, Pedigree, etc. but I want a top quality food that is very high fat for her.
                            Any suggestions for a top quality senior food?
                            I just re-started her on Platinum Performance Bits which do seem to help.
                            My normal chunker JRT is usually right at 15 lbs, but when I took him to the vet on Friday, he had porked out to 17 lbs. Because of the recall, I had switched his food to Fromm (Pork and Apples) and I think that may be the cause of his weight gain. He LOVES it, but my Dachsund doesn't so we had to switch.
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                              Hummm...I might switch to Fromm
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                              • #16
                                It might be worth a dental cleaning if she's not had one in recent years. I'd wonder about some mouth pain with the picky eating. Otherwise, Orijen is pretty calorie dense and mine find that tempting. You could also try some plain white rice for simple carbs/calorie boost. While overall I am a big fan of the high protein/high fat diets, I do meet the occasional dog who needs some more carbs in their diet to gain weight.

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                                • #17
                                  The only food that works for my skinny (or I should say formerly skinny) Belgian Malinois is the Evo Red Meat formula dry food. I do ad about half a tablespoon of the Evo Red Meat canned food to entice him. But he has finally gained enough weight on this regime to cover his ribs. Yay! We did a comparison of MANY high quality foods and this was the highest calorie per cup food. And he likes it. Good luck.
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                                    #18
                                    Shorty does need a teeth cleaning. Her last one was just over a year ago.
                                    I tried Evo a few years ago. They liked it. I just have a hard time finding it around her for some reason.
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