July 14, 2008

how can i put weight on my great dane?

my great dane is 6 months old and weighs 55#'s,she is on iams large breed puppy food but is not gaining weight. the vet says she should weigh more,how can i help her to gain weight?

Uh - feed more? She is still getting lunch?
Have you had her checked for worms?
I'd try switching her to Canidae All Life Stages. No corn, no wheat, no empty fillers, no wheat gluten or rice protein (cause of recent recalls) It is made of human quality ingredients from US suppliers. The protein and fat content seem to be about the same as the Iams from what I can see; I do know that is a concern with large breeds. The Iams has corn in it however and that is not a good thing to give dogs (corn, corn gluten, etc. - empty fillers that can lead to allergies)
The Danes that come in where I work are all on Canidae (doggie day care) 3 are full grown and one is a 5-month old pup.
http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
If you do decide to change food it should be done gradually:
first 2 days, 25% new and 75% old; next 2 days 50/50 mix/ 2 days at 75% newand 25% old then totally onto new food.

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May 3, 2007

Karen W @ 7:54 am

Uh - feed more? She is still getting lunch?
Have you had her checked for worms?
I'd try switching her to Canidae All Life Stages. No corn, no wheat, no empty fillers, no wheat gluten or rice protein (cause of recent recalls) It is made of human quality ingredients from US suppliers. The protein and fat content seem to be about the same as the Iams from what I can see; I do know that is a concern with large breeds. The Iams has corn in it however and that is not a good thing to give dogs (corn, corn gluten, etc. - empty fillers that can lead to allergies)
The Danes that come in where I work are all on Canidae (doggie day care) 3 are full grown and one is a 5-month old pup.
http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
If you do decide to change food it should be done gradually:
first 2 days, 25% new and 75% old; next 2 days 50/50 mix/ 2 days at 75% newand 25% old then totally onto new food.
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xXLadyBladeXx @ 7:54 am

give her more fatty foods…like bacon. just don't make it too often, otherwise she'll start craving it more, and beg for your food at the dinner table.

There are also some special foods for dogs and cats that help them gain weight.
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Marybeth Bertrand@yahoo.com @ 8:00 am

ok give her or him amixture of a half of a half of a can of wet inanewba puppy food and a half cup of dry puppy food with two tablespoons of honey and four tablespoons of codliveroil and one raw egg every other day at the sametime its also good rember that not all puppys gain weight as fast as they should and some puppys just are ment to be a smaller weight and 55lbs for a greatdame puppy sounds about right to me
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ariel @ 8:01 am

sugar. it will make them hyper and fat! it would be hularious
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northpolesux @ 8:08 am

Lock them up in the bathroom and feed her porkchops. She won't get any exercise, and pig's got plenty of fat. Of course, it won't be too healthy for her, but she'll put on weight!
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I like veal

bfavre4gb @ 8:32 am

Let's tackle the first no-no. Great Danes should never be feed large breed dog/puppy food. These foods do not meet the needs of this breed. You will need to find some giant breed dog food. There a few companies that do. Great Danes should not grow to fast. They have many issues with their joints and bones. I feed my great dane Nutro Natural choice DOG food. not puppy. Make sure to pay close attention to the fat and protein percentages. I don't remember off hand what Danes should get but I know that the puppy foods are too high. hope this link helps. there are many others out there. I looked forever on info when i had my dane.
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http://www.daneangelnetwork.org/puppyfood.htm

blue gr8 dane lover @ 9:19 am

How big is your puppy? Granted the typical Great Dane puppy should weigh more than 55 lbs at 6 months but she could be a smaller Dane. A Great Dane puppy should not be fat you should be able to see her last rib, if you are seeing more than that she does need to gain weight.
The first thing that you need to do is get her on a better quality food. Great Danes should not be feed the average puppy or large breed puppy food because they tend to be high in protein and fat which can cause all types growth issues. The protein/fat levels should be 24% protein and 12% fat or lower.
You really need to switch her food to one that does not contain corn. You can buy a quality food for the same price that you are paying for the Iams. You can look into Canidae which was mentioned or there is also Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul, Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed formula, and Diamond Naturals Large Breed. I know that I mentioned no large breed but they are lower in protein and fat than most.
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