Differing breeds of dogs have differing metabolism and growth rates so there may be a number of reasons why your puppy is a bit skinny. Loss of appetite may be caused by a medical problem or even burning off more calories than he’s taking in if he’s a bundle of energy. If he doesn’t seem to be gaining weight as you’d expect, the first step should always be a visit to the Vet to ensure there’s no underlying health – or intestinal parasite - issues. Your Vet can confirm what your pup’s ideal weight should be and may suggest that you keep a record to monitor his progress.
So, how do you help him gain weight and stay fit and healthy?
Make sure he gets regular exercise! Not only does it help keep him healthy and gain muscle mass too, but exercise will also help increase his appetite. If he is generally fed twice a day, you may want to try increasing his meals to 3 times a day (so long as you keep up that all-important exercise too).
Don’t forget that the quality of the food you give your dog will have an impact on his weight and overall health. Try to offer a high-quality commercial dog food which will offer the proper nutrition needed for growth. Check the ingredients label for the protein and fat content. Dry puppy food is often recommended over wet food as it usually contains more carbohydrates.
You may be surprised what sort of healthy puppy-dog treats you may already have in your kitchen too. Most pups will enjoy some raw fresh fruit and vegetables such as Apple or Carrot, or even some cooked Squash or Sweet Potato (NO raw potato!). Most are packed with vitamins and fibre! Just remember … give only as treats and in moderation and no seeds, please.
Don’t forget Buddy & Lola Weight Gainer
An all-natural calorie boost you simply sprinkle onto your dog’s food. A powdered supplement in yummy chicken flavour containing healthy fats to support healthy skin and a shiny coat.