How Do You Put Weight on a Dog?


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Help a dog gain weight by giving it clean water and a well-balanced diet containing protein, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. If a dog does not weigh enough, it may be due to receiving poor or unbalanced nutrition.

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  1. Give your dog fresh, clean water

    Make fresh, clean water constantly available to your dog. Water accounts for about 60 to 70 percent of your dog’s weight. If a dog loses 10 percent of the water in its body, it can suffer harmful effects to its health and weight.

  2. Feed your dog protein, fats and carbohydrates

    The best sources of protein for your dog are animal-based, such as beef, chicken and lamb. Protein builds your dog’s tissue, cells and organs. Feed your dog sufficient amounts of fat, which contains the most concentrated food energy. Also feed your dog plenty of carbohydrate-containing grains, which provide the fiber your dog needs for a healthy weight. If you feed your dog commercial food, make sure it meets the food nutritional requirements established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials.

  3. Ensure that your dog has sufficient vitamins and minerals

    Complete your dog’s diet by giving it a vitamin and mineral supplement if needed. A veterinarian can diagnose whether or not your dog needs to take a supplement.

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