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'Fattening' a dog advice please

 
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:34 pm    Post subject: 'Fattening' a dog advice please  Reply with quote

We recently acquired a five month old Llewellyn setter X male pup. He was quite under weight when we got him, and a month on, I'm still not happy with him, as he continues to be very skinny. He's been wormed regularly, and gets fed well, but when you rub his side you can still feel his ribs. He has balls of energy, a great coat, bright eyed and bushy tailed, as the saying goes-but just looks thin. He's a very' gangly' type of dog-maybe its the breed?
I have raised plenty of other dogs and normally have the opposite problem! Any suggestions would be helpful-I'd like to build him up a little. Thank you!
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put him on the wolf diet. I never feed my dogs anything else.  Rabbits raw - skin,  bones, guts, the lot. And raw meat, preferably on the bone - breasts of lamb are perfect, and chicken carcases - you can get both for free from a friendly butcher.  And raw fish - mackerel is great.  It's the natural food for a dog - his digestive system is not designed to handle cereals, vegetables and other rubbish. You might have to split the rabbits open to get him to eat them at first,  but he'll soon learn!
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dizandstell



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't setters quite a slim dog generally? SO feeling the ribs probably is right. Found sizes for an adult if it helps give you an idea.
Height: 20 - 26 inches (50 - 66 cm)
Weight: Males 45 - 65 pounds (20 - 30 kg) Females 35 - 50 pounds (15 - 22 kg)
The weights seem quite slim. Next time you take it to the vets, pop it on the scales or go down the vets and ask if you can weigh it. Would give you an idea.
If it's happy and healthy looking it is probably using all the energy your feeding it.
Let us know how you get on and a picture would be lovely.
Stell
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your replies....I was thinking more meat might help so approached my local butcher and got a bag of 'scraps' which I boiled up outside in a massive pot, and have a few days worth of food, which I mixed with his meal.
I watched him eating today, and noticed he's easily distracted-he could take a notion and wander off after the cats and leave his food....he doesn't gulp his food either- he lifts bigger pieces out, puts them at the side of the dish, eats and then has them. Its funny, he eats daintly yet shreds anything left in his path...wellies etc. He even heads into the woods and comes back with branches to gnaw on! so I've left him with a massive bone and an old boot : )
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roiphil



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like my 7mth old german shepherd, we have her since 9 wks old, she is very tall, but skinny, doesnt seem to eat a lot, she is though, the food is there all day by the morning it is gone, she doesnt get fed meat as it tends to go through her, she just has the biscuits in a bag really fond of the stuff from Aldi, she will put weight on the first year they are growing, my dog has always got a branch to chew on, caught her many times with my boots etc
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Patcon



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must get a photo. As an update, it dosen't matter how much he eats, he stays the same, so I'm guessing its just him, and I'd say by the age of 3 he'll start beefing up when he matures. Husband took him out with our springer to see what he was like on the moors, he was good, staying around the 'circle' and quite happy to bound around. He will chase the only cat that runs away from him, gets on good with the others, but one day last week took off out of the garden after a trailer that sped by, ignoring my calls. On/off the lead on the road when we are walking, he is very good, sitting in at the side of the road when a car comes. Its like minding a toddler-good days and bad!

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