How to Put Weight on a Dog

If your dog needs to put on a few pounds or he has lost weight due to old age, there are some things that you can do to help him gain weight. You want your dog to be healthy and happy all the time. Maintaining a balance of proper exercise and diet can help you keep your dog healthy.

Why Would You Want to Fatten Up Your Dog?

There are many reasons why your dog might need to gain weight. You don’t want to see your dog skinny and malnourished. Animal rescue shelters usually pick up dogs from the streets that are extremely skinny and malnourished that they have their ribs or bones showing through their skin. New owners will want to help their pets put on weight and stay healthy.

Digestion problems and parasites can affect your dog’s weight. You should not force feed your dog if you think that he’s too skinny. Take your pet to a veterinarian for a check-up. The veterinarian will be able to tell you how to fatten your dog and keep him healthy properly.

How to Make a Dog Gain Weight

Putting weight on a dog can be done in various ways. You can start by making a new feeding schedule. Doctors discourage people from eating before bed as the body will store the nutrients from the food as fat. You can use this logic in reverse to help your pooch gain weight. For instance, if the dog eats twice every day, you can give him a small food portion in the morning and a significant portion at night. This will cause the dog’s body to store fat while he sleeps. Your dog will not burn calories off while exercising.

You can also feed your small dog meals often. Split your pet’s daily ration of food over 3 or 4 meals. This will provide the dog with the nutrients he needs throughout the day and help him gain weight. If you want your dog to exercise, you should wait about 30 minutes after eating before taking him out for a walk or exercise.

What to Feed Your Dog and What Not To

Dogs and puppies often have to consume foods that are high in fat and protein to promote growth. If you need to change meat proteins for more protein, you can add a small amount of the new food to the dog’s old diet to prevent an upset stomach. Start with 90% old food and 10% new food. Increase the amount of the new food every day until you reach 100%. Talk to the vet if you have concerns.

Sweet potato and pumpkin can also help dogs gain weight. These foods are rich in fiber and fat. The nutrients in the food will also prevent an upset stomach. You can also give your dog treats that are high in fat throughout the day and before he sleeps. All natural peanut butter is a good choice. Give him a carrot as well. It is low in acidity and sugar, so it can prevent an upset stomach. Don’t give him high acidity foods as it cause stomach issues.

Don’t give your dog food products that contain alcohol and alcoholic beverages as it can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, abnormal blood acidity, diarrhea and even death.

Your dog should never consume any chocolate, caffeine or coffee as these foods contain methylxanthines that can cause panting, abnormal heart rhythm, excessive urination and thirst, diarrhea, vomiting and even death.

How to Help a Puppy Gain Weight

Find out the underlying cause of his inability to gain weight. It’s best to bring the puppy to the veterinarian to rule out any medical causes. He may not be gaining weight due to intestinal parasites or inflammatory bowel disease. Discuss your puppy’s diet with the vet and calculate his recommended daily caloric intake.


These are some of the best ways to help your dog gain weight. Proper diet and exercise are essential. Know what foods can be given to your dog and what should be avoided. If your pet is not gaining weight fast enough, you can give him supplements. Talk to your veterinarian about using a multivitamin or vitamin complex for your dog.





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