Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/25

Alsation dogs - underweight

Hi there Cybervet ,
My parents adopted 2 alsations from the SPCA and they were severely underweight when they got them and since then , they have dewormed them , they feed them chicken ( cooked) every night with pellets , but they dont seem to pick up weight at all...
any advice?

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Dear Anon

I'm not psychic unfortunately, maybe best to go to your vet?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/26

Alsationa are very active dogs as well... I have 2 myself...I doesn' t matter how much u feed them  if they run around all they won' t pick up any weight...

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/06/25

You don' t say what the dogs are eating (brand?) or how much, or HOW underweight they are.

It does take a while for severely undernourished dogs to pick up weight. Please resist the temptation to give them richer foods - in fact, if they are getting quality pellets, then even the chicken isn' t necessary - rather give them extra pellets, since they contain complete nutrition.

German Shepherds do sometimes suffer from ' sterile gut'  syndrome, which means in essence that they don' t have the required bacteria in their gut to help digest their food properly - ie, a lot of nutrients can get lost.

If you think this could be a problem, take a small, fresh stool sample from each dog to your vet, and request an analysis - shouldn' t cost too much, they do it themselves (ie, not at a laboratory).

You could also go and get a tub of Protexin, which is a white probiotic powder - each dog should have a SMALL amount every day - like, a quarter teaspoon. Try this for a month or so and see if it helps.

For the rest: a thin dog is preferable to a fat one, especially when it comes to breeds prone to joint problems. So don' t be in too much of a hurry to ' fatten'  them up!

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