Understanding Why Underweight Dogs May Not be Healthy
Some dogs have a problem with being underweight and may not be healthy. Does your dog eat a lot of food, but never seems to gain weight? Could it be because he (or she) is not absorbing the nutrients in their food? If discovering your dog is losing weight, you may want to visit your local veterinarian for a check up to determine the reasons for this. It could be all about your dog's nutrition and maybe you need to switch to a premium dog food or there could be serious health problems.
Possible Reasons Your Dog May Be Underweight:
If parasites and disease are not the source of the problem, then the solution could be simple. Begin increasing your dog's food intake little by little. Don't over feed. Dogs do not gain weight overnight. Begin by feeding several times a day and make food available to him (or her) whenever they want. Leave a bowl of dry kibble out so he (or she) can snack is a good way to begin putting the weight back on your underweight dog.
Is Your Dog Absorbing Nutrients And Vitamins From It's Food?
The nutritional value in your dog's food plays an important role in the daily nutrients and vitamins he (or she) receives. If your dog has frequent and large stools it may be a sign he (or she) is not absorbing those nutrients and the food may be just passing through him. This can happen when your dog eats poor quality food found in most grocery stores.
Understanding dog food ingredients will help your decision when buying quality premium dog food. Good dog nutrition is a direct result of good dog food ingredients.
Before purchasing your dog's food again, visit Only Natural Pet Store and read the ingredients. It will give you a good idea what's in a good dog food that can't normally be found at your local stores. It is a known fact that the best dog food is going to be found online. After the recent dog food recall in 2007, you can bet many pet owners have become more aware of dog food ingredients. You should too. :)
Monitor And Record Your Dog's Progress
Lastly, if just changing your underweight dog's food diet, monitor and record your dog's progress on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Watch for progress by the end of the month. Your dog's progress should be a slow one and once your pet has acquired the needed weight you will be able to cut down on the amount of extra food you are giving him. When changing your dog's food, do it gradually over a weeks time period to avoid disturbing their digestive track.
Consulting Your Local Veternarian
When questioning your dog's weight loss consult your local veterinarian. They can help you determine the reasons and help you decide on what course of action to take. Never try to second guess what the source of the problem is. It is always better to be overly cautious. The amount of weight a dog should gain varies between smaller and bigger dogs. Your veterinarian can also recommend the length of time your dog needs to remain on any specified diet to gain its weight back.
For more reference, PetMd has some great articles on nutrition for those of you that might own an underweight dog.
Good luck with getting your underweight dog to regain their weight back!
Please Note: Always consult your dog's veterinarian before making any dog health care decisions. Your veternarian will be able to help you decide the best course of action when it comes to caring for your dog.