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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-28-2005, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I'm posting for a friend of mine who has a sick Great Dane, he's 6 years old (though he thinks he's still 2) and had lost alot of weight due to a tape worm
Anyways, he no longer has the tape worm and had been treated for it, but he just can't seem to get any weight back on
She has had him on a mix of Nutro L&R and a Nutro Puppy food, it's 'sorta' helped a bit but she ran out of puppy and kept him on the adult and it seems he's still WAY to slim.

I'm looking for ideas to help plump up this old guy.
I told her to get back on the puppy food, with his size and weight it won't hurt him.
I was thinking how about cooked liver? or a raw diet? anyone have information about this?

My friend isn't working, she is very ill and so has not much money to spend, so a new diet will have to be reasonably priced.

Any helpful information would be much appreciated,
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I owned a dog that no matter what wouldn't put on weight. We were told to get him some meaty bones and give him one good sized one a day...he was very active too and that helped keep him calm as well.

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You can supplement his food by adding some fresh meats, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, eggs. That would probably help bulk him up a little.

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When my Clancey was stolen, and then she returned to me about 3 weeks later she was very thin. She was a Black Angus shepard and should have weighed about 100 but was only 60. My vet, (old school kind of doc) suggested a mix of day old bread and Pet milk (that is a brand of canned milk) along with her regular food. She put the weight back on and it helped to keep her stomach settled.
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Thanks' everyone for all the great ideas and usefull information. I'm going to pass it along to my friend.


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My husband's Samoyed, Kirby, has a very fast metabolism (was Nacho the same, Carmen?) and to keep his weight on, we feed him a food for WORKING dogs. The food we give him is usually used for sled and hunting dogs in Finland.

On top of that, we give him scrambled eggs, yogurt (will ALL the fat), and occassionally kidney, liver, heart and ground beef (cooked).


This has helped Kirby to maintain his weight. But, before adopting this plan, we did take him to the vet to have EVERYTHING tested on him to make sure it was nothing medical. If you friend's dog is really having a lot of problems putting weight back on, she might want to go back to the vet for another check-up.

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