How to treat weight loss in dogs

Weight Management

Sudden unexplained or persistent weight loss or weight loss associated with symptoms of persistent vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain should trigger a visit to your vet. They can identify any underlying causes and prescribe medication or management of the condition if required.

Once satisfied that there is no medical issue, or the condition has been brought under control, it is time to turn your attention to how to put weight on a dog. When selecting dog food for weight gain, choose one that is highly digestible and full of good quality ingredients. Low grade bulking agents will not help an underweight dog to put on an ounce. High-quality food for active dogs can be a great option. Look for high protein to help your dog build healthy muscle as they gain weight. Perfect weight gainer for dogs options in the Pure range are Duck Delight and Chicken Delicious.

Try feeding small meals throughout the day. If you would normally feed twice a day, split your dog’s meals into four. This can help increase the amount they eat, without overloading in one meal and making themselves sick. To encourage a fussy eater you can add something extra tempting to their bowl-like one of our tasty meat toppings.

Make sure that exercise is taken into account, to help your dog gain weight as muscle and not fat. Start gently so that your dog is not burning all their calories in exercise, but up the intensity slowly as your dog gets closer to their ideal condition.

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