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Dog foods / Re: How to gain weight without over-feeding?
« on: Nov 15, 2018, 14:56 »
Thanks Dottie. Yes Bentley is very active, usually getting 3 walks/runs per day totalling around 2 hours +/- (including a 10k run with me 3 times a week). Teaching him calmness is a challenge! He's a pretty full-on lad and constantly craves stimulation and attention (that's shepherds for you). 15 mins rest is quite enough before he comes and attacks me again! You say it's good to have a "calm, contented dog" but I'm afraid he's not usually contented when he's encouraged to be calm. He's never going to be a golden retriever, but maybe I need to be a bit stricter with myself about ignoring him and making him lie quietly. Having said that we both enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle so I don't want to change that too much.

Thanks for the suggestion of carb sources. I know fats and oils are usually a better source of calories but I'm not sure what type to give without causing upset? I've also been told that canned pumpkin puree can be good for firming up loose motions, so we've just bought 12 cans and are about to try mixing that in with his kibble, but I'm not sure if that's also going to give him the extra carbs for weight gain.

I did originally talk to Eden when Bentley was younger via their facebook advice group. They were quite keen for me to stick to recommended feeding quantities + max 10%, which resulted in weight loss. However you're right that when I went against their advice and increased quantity his motions became very loose. To be honest I didn't find Eden's guidance very useful back then, but I'll take your advice and try them again now. Thanks again for the input  :D

Dog foods / How to gain weight without over-feeding?
« on: Nov 14, 2018, 19:16 »
Our 18 month GSD is consistently slightly under-weight by approx 5kg.  He's very stable at 35kg and we think 40kg would be about right for his build and ancestry (sire and dam were both very large build)

We've tried various very high quality (high protein ratio) dried foods and none seem to put the weight on him. We're currently on Eden. We feed him 3 times daily rather than 2 as we were told that if feeding above recommended levels this will help digestion. However if I increase the quantity his motions become very soft and still no weight gain, presumably because the increased quantity is not being properly digested.

His energy and activity levels are well above average for the breed. In every way he is extremely happy and healthy, apart from being slightly underweight and with a tendency to loose stools.

The vet has given him blood and fecal tests with no adverse results, and we've also tried exclusion diets without discovering any evidence of intolerance.

Should I increase quantity of kibble by another 10% even though this appears not to be properly digested and loosens motions? Should I try substituting say 20% of his food with some "poor quality" (high carb) but grain-free food as a supplement? Should I add fats/oils to his kibble? Should I just accept I have a scrawny, bony dog as he's happy and healthy in all other respects?

Any advice would be much appreciated as the vet has run out of ideas. Thanks.

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