There are healthy ways on how to put weight on a dog. Unless a dog suffers a certain medical issue, basically gaining weight is about having more nutritious food intake (eat). Then the food is well absorbed to fulfill the need of the body (digestion, short-term). Last, the outcome and the surplus is well-preserved in the body (metabolism, long-term).
Is my dog underweight?
If you can see or feel your dog’s spine or ribs protruding without the feel of a thin layer of fat covering their skin, usually means your dog is in underweight condition. It is only a temporary condition, you can try a few adjustments for your dog to gain more weight.
A few suggestions on how to put weight on a dog:
– More calories for their energy and more protein for them to build muscles
Increase the protein and fat ingredients of your current dog food. We can try to give food with higher protein or fat nutrition for our thin dogs. If they are a picky eater, you might need to really careful in trying kinds of food that match their taste. It is more important for them to have good appetite over their existing healthy food and not insisting on giving higher nutritional ingredients food they don’t like.
We can still try to add variations or increase the number of their meals…
– Increase meal times
Add more parts of their meal. If your dog is eating full meals of two portions a day, and still interested in more food, try adding more portion for them in a day. Or, we can give the same two portions but divided into smaller three times meal a day, we can gradually increase the amount of food for them in the process.
Maybe we just need a few adjustment on their activities so they will want to eat more…
– Burn those calories and build their muscles
Activities or exercises to increase their build of muscle, can also affect their appetite and decrease their stress level. They spent more energy, they will want to eat more. To put weight on dogs, it is better not to cut down their exercise unless it is already too much for them. It is healthier for them to make exercise as a consistent routine activity and increasing their food intake and not cutting down their exercise to gain weight. They will have muscles than too much fat on their bodyweight.
These are only a few simple and general suggestions on how to put weight on a dog based on a relatively normal thin dog with no special condition.
For some cases,
Some dogs may have mental or bad habit issues that make them hard to gain weight. They might have a stress or anxiety, lazy or inactive, etc. Beside points mentioned above, developing supporting surroundings around them or training might be needed. And experts might be can help to find the condition, the cause, and solution.