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18-02-2019, 06:14 PM

Weight loss in senior dogs

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Please excuse my absence Iíve not been here for quite a while!

Just looking for some advice for a friend please.

My friend has a 13 yr old Malamute X. Sheís losing weight in her senior years. The vet has said there is nothing they can recommend for helping her to retain or even put on a little weight. She does have some health issues including a heart condition and dementia.

Can anyone recommend any food for weight gain or maintenance in a senior? She has quite a sensitive tummy too

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19-02-2019, 12:13 AM
How many times a day is your friend feeding? I have found that pasta can be a cheap and very useful addition to an elderly dogs diet. Either added in to the normal ration, or as an extra meal with just a little vegetable oil and grated cheese added. It is usually easily digested. I feed my oldies twice a day normally, but would feed three times a day if they were losing weight - as long as the appetite stayed good.
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19-02-2019, 05:06 PM
Thank you, Iíve forwarded your reply. Hopefully itíll help. Sheís home a lot with her so Iím sure adding an extra meal in shouldnít be too difficult.
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03-03-2019, 12:16 PM
Oh how I love our oldies, they are so precious to us.
Sometimes with our oldies it is better for an old dog to slim down and loose some weight, especially if there is a heart problem. A slim oldie can be very active and healthy. I am sure your vet will help you keep an eye on her.
As long as your food is a good quality with all nutrients provided and not too many cheap unnecessary fillers included, I'm sure she will be ok.
Green tripe is always good for putting weight on (full of good and beneficial nutrition) and very easy to digest.

Best wishes.
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05-05-2019, 08:25 AM
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29-05-2019, 10:30 PM
Is she eating well?

If she is, has the vet thought about running a thyroid panel and running checks for pancreatitis?

Just a thought
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30-05-2019, 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by Forgotten View Post
Green tripe is always good for putting weight on (full of good and beneficial nutrition) and very easy to digest.

Yes Green Tripe is good but it's difficult to buy. My understanding is that butchers are not allowed to sell it to the general public because of some 'nanny state' food regulations


Our Casey began to loose weight towards the end of his life, he had a serious heart condition (DCM) as well as other problems with pulse rate and water retention not to mention the arthritus.


The vets are probably correct, so long as the weight loss is not too dramatic it could be a good thing in that they won't have to use so much energy to get around.
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30-05-2019, 08:40 PM
Green tripe is an excellent suggestion. You can buy it on line from many of the BARF raw food suppliers, such as Landywoods, Albion etc. Personally, as a huge fan of raw feeding and having owned Malamute crosses for over 20 years, I would never feed anything but raw meat and bones. Our northern breed dogs in particular do not tend to thrive on high carbohydrate foods like rice, pasta etc, but do much better on raw meat and bones. Raw green tripe would be an excellent choice - it has everything a dog needs.
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31-05-2019, 11:59 AM
Thanks Gnasher, I will check out those suppliers
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