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I just got a dog from the Humane Society on Saturday. He was dumped in the country about 3 weeks ago, and when they brought him in he was emaciated and his hair was long and matted. We took him to be groomed on Sunday and they had no choice but to practically shave him because his mats were so bad. He was 7lbs when we got him and after grooming he went down to 6lbs, that's alot of hair to cut off such a small dog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Problem is, since Scooter was shaved it's very apparent how emaciated he is. It's alarming to see him, people look at him aghast because he has no fat on him at all. I have to keep telling people, "I just adopted him from the humane society!" lest they think I am starving the poor little guy and call animal welfare on me! We really can't go anywhere without people gasping and asking what is wrong with him, he is THAT skinny.<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/farjic" target="_blank">Here are some pics so you can get an idea of how skinny he is.</a> Unfortunately, the pictures don't even show the half of it, in person it's much worse than you can see in the pictures.<br><br>
He's so thin that he shivers constantly unless he's under a blanket - he has no fat and now no fur. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He has been wormed, I don't think that's the problem, I think he was just without food and he seems to be an excitable little guy without a big appetite, I am not surprised he wasn't able to gain weight in the shelter.<br><br>
He's not a very big eater. Of course, he's only 6lbs so it could just be that I am wrong about the amount I think he should be eating, but to me it just doesn't seem like it's more than a couple mouthfuls a few times a day. We are feeding him Nutro Ultra Adult dog food and I wet it down with water because I noticed he seemed to eat more when it was wet. Also, I've been mixing deli turkey into it because I wanted to give him a little extra something. The groomer recommended switching to a puppy food because they are higher in fat and protein so now I do a 50/50 mix of the Nutro adult and Nutro puppy. We are also giving him treats, a few different kinds, nothing that special just stuff that various people brought over as "Welcome Home" gifts for him.<br><br>
Are there any tricks to helping him gain weight? I want to keep it healthy, obviously. Is there anything I can supplement his food with, or even cook myself? I am a vegetarian and extremely grossed out by raw meat but I am willing to cook something for him. A few different ppl have recommended cooked hamburger and rice - would that be OK?<br><br>
Also, he really enjoys walks and we've been walking him about 2x a day and 2-3 miles at a stretch. He has lots of energy and enjoys it, but I worry that might be hampering our weight gaining efforts. Is there any reason I should be concerned about walking him so much when he's so thin? He has alot of energy during the walks, but he does seem to sleep ALOT throughout the day.<br><br>
He has a vet appt. tomorrow, just wanted to get some opinions from in here too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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When we get severely emaciated dogs in we will give them some cottage cheese, bread with some peanut butter, cooked spaghetti noodles with a little butter (not all together) to jumpstart the weight gain. BUT we only do that with severe cases. Otherwise we just let regular meals do their job. I feed raw now so it takes even a little bit longer to get weight on them. Your boy does look thin and I know how it is when pictures don't do justice but, to be honest, unless he looks like he will fall over from malnutrition at any moment, I would just let his meals take over. You haven't had him for long so give it some time and you will start to see a difference. It's amazing how quickly these kids put weight on from just being fed at regular intervals. We never feed puppy food but that is because I have Giants. I don't see any problem with feeding the puppy food to your little guy as the extra protein and fat probably would help beef him up a little quicker. But, just like our bodies, putting weight on him too quickly can stress the heart. Slow and steady is the best way to do it.<br><br>
He is sooo cute!!!
 

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He's so cute! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I'm not a dog expert so, no advice - but he's a lucky pup! (Your DD is a sweetie, too!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have to agree with Danemom. I have had several emaciated dogs come thru (including one an mdc member adopted from me) and regular diet will put weight on them. You dont want to over feed junk just to put weight on them. My Nash i have now weighed 37 lbs when he came in and should be about 55. He has since put on about 10 lbs and is looking so much better and that was with regular food (diamond natural) and pumpkin (to help stiffin up his stools from the diet change). I personally would not do to much ight now. I also had Nash on wellness tabs (a doggie vitamin) to help give him the correct vitamins and minerals he needed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have to agree with Danemom. I have had several emaciated dogs come thru (including one an mdc member adopted from me) and regular diet will put weight on them. You dont want to over feed junk just to put weight on them. My Nash i have now weighed 37 lbs when he came in and should be about 55. He has since put on about 10 lbs and is looking so much better and that was with regular food (diamond natural) and pumpkin (to help stiffin up his stools from the diet change). I personally would not do to much ight now. I also had Nash on wellness tabs (a doggie vitamin) to help give him the correct vitamins and minerals he needed.</div>
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Yes, I definitely don't want to give him junk food, but I was thinking just a little something healthy to help him along.<br><br>
Maybe even something along the lines of a good vitamin - how do I find one? He just looks so tiny and starved, so I guess I need something extra for my own piece of mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Missing Link is a great supplement for vitamins and you just sprinkle it on their food. You can get it at most major pet food retailers. Just give him some time, Mama. I know how hard it is to look at them when they are so thin but he probably feels GREAT now that he is in your home! Post pics when he is at his ideal weight!
 

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Because he's little, I think puppy food is a good idea. You might also try feeding him more often, depending on how often you're feeding now. Smaller meals more times per day seems to help. I'd also consider supplementing with yogurt (full fat), which can help their tummies settle down as well as making dry food more appetizing for them. But basically, Danemom is right--you just gotta build them up slow and steady.
 

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He looks extremely similar to my guy who is also on the low side for weight. We used a little cottage cheese the help fatten him up a bit when we first adopted him.<br><br>
Even now, two years later, he weighs 8 pounds on a good day. He's just never been a huge eater and usually averages 1/2 cup of food per day (we feed Wellness). Our vet isn't a bit concerned by his weight although I'm a little nuts and measure how much food he eats per day and put it on a calendar.<br><br>
Our guy is just heavy enough that he doesn't look sickly thin but when you pet him you can feel all his ribs.
 

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Thanks for all the help, I just wanted to update:<br><br>
He went to the vet today and the vet said he would like to see another 3lbs on him but chances are he will always be skinny because dogs like him often have a very high metabolism.<br><br>
He also said that he thinks dogs like Scooter really thrive on a good variety of "people" food. He made sure to say not 'junk food' or sweets or greasy or spicy food, but whole food like grains and veggies and meat. He also said to be very careful about dairy, keep it to a minimum because of stomach upset. He said to keep the Nutro Ultra in his dish and available all day, but not to feel like we shouldn't share our food with Scooter.<br><br>
Since we don't eat meat I am just going to make him a weekly pot of food (rice or oatmeal, meat, veggies- I found a few online recipes) and give him 1/2 C one or two times a day. he eats so little I think this will actually save us alot of money because a couple of friends have offered venison from their freezers.<br><br>
Thanks again for the help!
 
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