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24-10-2008, 10:27   #1
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Harvey my crestie has always been a skinny dog, but recently has got more so. He's going to the vets next week, but in the mean time what can I get to help build him up?
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I had a similar problem with my JRT n i gave her puppy food as it contains a lot more calories for growing dogs.

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24-10-2008, 11:49   #3
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avoid tin food go for dry working dog food
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I feed a complete food, as everything else I tried runs through him, having a sensitive tummy
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Tripe puts weight on dogs, but it smells a wee bit it is also very light and digestible so long as you start with tiny amounts as you would any different foods if he has a sensitive tummy.
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Which dried food are you on? Burns do a working dog food called High Energy Lamb which is suitable for working dogs and those in recovery from illness if they need to gain weight. Burns Nutrition is a fabulous resource and they are happy to advise without being pushy.

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Its Webbox complete, anything else makes him pooh for england
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Burns made him poo? Thats unusual if anything they poo less and its hard. If you do go for Burns you need to feed Burns and Burns only as the odd titbit will cancel out the good that Burns does, therefore wasting your money. I dont know much about Webbox tbh, but if the ingredients are a low meat content and made up with derevitives then your dog wont put weight on without having to feed mountains of it.
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I haven't tried Burns, I tried a lot of others though
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Give them a ring Peaches it costs nowt and then you can decide whats best.
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will try, thanks
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If you decide to go with it then check out the website for a list of stockists in your area. I am at Dinnington which is probably too far, but there is sure to be one near you.

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http://www.eukanuba.co.uk/EukGlobal/.../DailyCare.jsp
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Woah if you use Eukanuba...it's extremely nice and VERY expensive! Get your dog on this and he simply will not eat anything else...lol
If your going to make a life time commitment at 30 per week then fine but there ARE cheaper alternatives...working dog etc contains more protien than chick & rice, so will serve as a build up.
Look at the protien content of each, compare prices and find the best option for you.

Lotti is the main expert on dog nutrition on here, that I've seen, so her advice is good.

Like Moonbird said "Tripe" is the best but will stink the house out when cooking it...lol You need a strong stomach and an even stronger love for your dog...lol if you wanna cook that, seriously does pile on the weight is very cheap and dog's love it.

The more he poo's the less he is getting out of the food, so I guess it's trial and error.

My dog, medium size GSD X, is into working dog complete, she's just about the right weight for her size, is happy and it only cost's 7.99 per sack which last's her about a month...not including all the leftovers she gets.
She poo's about once a day, the poo is dark brown and solid, in small amount's and her food is left down all day so she eat's when she wants.

Oh and if your using dry complete food, you MUST make sure your dog has access to water at ALL times...our Sheba reeb has a bowl of water down all the time plus a big horse trough in the garden...
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30 a week, are you sure?
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avoid tin food go for dry working dog food
OHHHH YUK, tinned food, all the bits of allsorts of animal no-one else wants, plus it can make your dogs teeth very bad if you don't brush them regular!
Many trip's to vet's having to pay for major de-scale...lol
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30 a week, are you sure?
If not more!!! With having a GSD x, and only the best wanted originally but saw the price and thought woah, can't realistically afford that every week, cos a sack would only last a week.

Have the addictive, won't eat anything else, from ex colleague dog handlers with South York's police, so must be true?
Once they have been given it they turn nose up at everything else, which is all well and good when your on 4k a month!
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mine's only a crestie, one of your dogs turds are probably bigger than my dog
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LOL.....awww but she don't s**** much and it's good quality...lol This is the key see, if the dog's digestive system is making the most of the food being given, you don't get much waste
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30 a week, are you sure?
No dog will eat a sack of food a week Peaches. So 30 a week worth of dog food is ridiculous. If its a 15kg sack that is?

Burns guide is 10gm of food per kilo bodyweight per day, so therefore I would imagine your dog to be about 4kg maximum. so thats 40gm of food per day a 15kg sack will last forever.
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