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Old 07-03-2013, 07:54 PM
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Im so upset raw isnt helping him put on weight.
He originally weighed 2.10 kg and I fed him 3% of his body weight which was roughly 62g a day I think.
He now weighs 1.90 something.
Hes always been skinny and his ribs had shown but I really thought this would help him to beef up.
He last got wormed about 2/3 weeks ago.
He had had a few runny poos, mostly when fed offal so ive left that out of his diet for a little bit. But then he did have a runny poo when he had one of his bone meals which was strange.
My boyfriend keeps saying we should give him his old dry food alongside the raw but I dont want to admit defeat
Im so gutted x



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Have you taken him to the vet to check for any underlying issues? Apart from being thin he is VERY handsome

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No i am planning on doing though I need to book in..
I know oscars such a cutie ha x

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I had the same problem with Harley, he was a very skinny teenager. He has filled out now, he is a whole pound heavier than he was back then!
Firstly increase the amount you are feeding. The guidelines about percentages of bodyweight are just that, a guide. Your boy obviously needs more. I was feeding Harley at least 6% of his bodyweight, twice the recommended amount. Add another meal rather than making his current meals bigger.
Secondly, make sure you are feeding nice fatty meats such as lamb, heart and tripe. I am huge fan of tripe for adding condition.
Lastly, try adding coconut oil to his diet. It is great for maintaining body weight and regulating the metabolism.
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Have you tried feeding him more than 3% of his body weight? Depending on how much exercise he gets and considering he's still pretty young, maybe he needs to eat more. The 3% thing is really just guideline, but not 100% accurate. Some dogs need to eat more, some less. Especially puppies need to eat more. I was told to feed 2-3% of the predicted adult weight and that seems about right for Lilo (which for her age is quite a bit more than 3% of her current weight).
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Ok il feed him an extra portion of food before taking him the vets.
The last thing I want is the vet giving me a lecture on raw
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If he has been wormed and is otherwise healthy then I would definitely hold off on the vet visit for now.
With any home prepared diet you need to learn to 'feed by eye'. This means constantly assessing condition and adjusting the food to suit. I think a few weeks with an extra meal added will see Oscar putting some weight on.
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