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grommit
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18-02-2019, 06:14 PM

Weight loss in senior dogs

Hi ☺️

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

Thank you.
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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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