Sharon

by Sharon
(Sandbach cheshire)

My jack Russell is 16 and beginning to look very skinny don't want to pile weight on as he is a little wobbly on his back legs but he does need to gain weight. Any suggestions I'm not prepared to take him to the vets as he is well otherwise

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Mar 18, 2012
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Sharon
by: Deborah

Boy that sounds like quite a combo of fatty thing now I understand and boy Im so sure that will put weigh on fast.Thanks for the info I do not have to worry about that with my 2 Jacks they seem to maintain there weigh with no problem but it sounds great to do that with.I had no idea about anything like that I just learned something new Thanks

Mar 18, 2012
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Satin Balls
by: Patrick

Hi Deborah-
Satin balls are basically a combination of some of (if not all of) the following ingredients: ground meat, egg yolks, gelatin, oats, molassas, wheat germ, egg shells(!), total cereal, peanut butter, cream cheese, heavy cream. It's just an addition to kibble. It is meant to put weight on a dog quickly. It also helps with getting the coat glossy - probably due to the geletin. I haven't tried it but my mother used it with her sick boxer and it definitely helped him!

Mar 16, 2012
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Sharon
by: Deborah

What are Satin Balls I never heard about them are they a food?

Mar 16, 2012
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Satin Balls
by: Patrick

Here is some links to Satin Ball recipes. I have not tried them but my Mom used them for one of her Boxers who lost weight due to an illness. If you do decide to make them, I would give 1 to 2 per day as sometimes introducing new foods quickly can have a bad effect on digestion (I learned this the hard way....lots of clean up!).

http://www.holisticdog.org/Nutrition/Satinballs/satinballs2.html

http://www.heartlandgdr.org/satin_balls.htm

Mar 16, 2012
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Sharon
by: Sharon

Mowgli said thanks for all your comments, I have tried senior foods without success so I have bought him tinned meat, and those Bakers meaty meals and am mixing them I will definately search out the Satin Balls
I'll let you know how he gets on

Mar 15, 2012
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Sharon
by: Deborah

Wow 16 that is wonderful I do know Jacks can live from 18 YO to 20 YO

Mar 15, 2012
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Gaining weight
by: Harriet

Older dogs tend to lose muscle mass which make them look smaller.
You can break up your Jack's meals so he is eating 3 times a day versus just 2.
Look for food that is high in protein - they have dog food that is designed for seniors that have a higher protein count.
You can try canned food since it is appealing to dogs.
There are special gravies/sauces that are for dogs that you can buy at the pet store that make food tastier.
You can add toppers to your Jack's food like cooked meat or chicken, cheese, sardines, chicken liver, eggs. They add calories and flavors.
Google "satin balls". It sounds weird, I know! It's a recipe for protein based supplement that is easy to make and good for helping dogs gain weight.

Good luck, hope this helps!


Mar 15, 2012
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Deja Vu
by: Anonymous

I know some might not agree with what I'm about to say, but I truly think in the end we all know what's best for our own dogs. Anyway, my jack is 16, wobbly on how back legs and was losin' weight. Firstly, food in his normal metal bowl actually frightened him b/c of his diminishing sight/hearing. So I started puttin' food on a magazine or paper plate and it worked. Also I started mixing his reg. food with little bits of deli meats and other healthy human food. Hell, he's 16, a lil' human food won't kill'em now. He did regain his weight BTW.

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