August 16, 2008

How to put weight on skinny Great Dane?

I just rescued a Great Dane from a backyard breeder situation. I have an appointment with my vet for Monday - the soonest they could get me in, but I can't wait until Monday to feed her. She is very skinny. I am not sure what to feed her to help her gain weight that also isn't going to put us out of house and home, being that she is such a big dog and will eat a lot. I am used to much smaller dogs who eat so little that cost isn't a consideration.
Does anyone have experience helping a rescue like this? Should I feed her puppy food? Canned food? Your thoughts are appreciated.
For those who have asked, I was told she was two years old, and she doesn't have much plaque on her teeth, so I tend to believe them. But then I was told she was a male before meeting her as well, so I didn' t know what to believe.
I was also told she weighs 110 pounds. She is a very big girl, but I don't know if that is her ideal weight or current weight.

I've taken in several emaciated rescues. Good for you!

If she is under two, she is still growing, and as backward as this sounds you don't want to fed her puppy food. Free choice excellent quality adult food is the answer.

If she is over two years old, I would feed 3/4 adult and 1/4 puppy great quality food to get her feet back under her. Once the weight starts to come, ease off on the puppy food. This would be especially true if she is thin because she's had litter after litter taken off her. Again, if there is any thought she could still be growing, do not give puppy food to her or any giant breed dog. Only add a little if she is really thin, grown, and needs a pump up.

Danes are normally very sweet dogs, but any dog who has been starved can be a little food aggressive. Don't fear it, but keep an understanding eye out.

Good luck!

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August 1, 2008

KelsandDane @ 12:28 pm

i would feed her a kibble mixed with a canned. only one of them need to be puppy chow, too rich and the dog may not be able to keep it down….what state?
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Miss Meanie @ 12:29 pm

If she's isn't a puppy, I'd feed her regular food. My guess is that she's not going to be picky, since she's underfed. A good quality dry food should work. Once you get to the Vet, he/she can make feeding recommendations.
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I have a smaller dog (Beagle, 25 lbs.) and was surprised at how much a larger dog can eat. Make sure you get a good quality food. Don't buy stuff like Old Roy — it's really bad for your dog.

openyourmynd @ 12:29 pm

how old is she? that will make a difference on the food, along with her weight.
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SpotsB4myeyes @ 12:30 pm

go carefully. Danes are prone to gastric disorders. start with a small amount of a quality food like avo derm, royal canin, etc. make sure it stays down. give it all the water it wants. feed small portions three or four times a day up to the amount recommended by the manufacutrer for your dog size. you can add to that some white rice with low or no sodium chicken broth, which has calories but is not likely to make the dog's stomach upset

you are changing the dog's food, which was probably crap but any change in food is hard for a dog to adjust to. In a week you can go to 2 portions twice a day.
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OMFGSection @ 12:32 pm

You might try feeing it some high quality large breed dry food with a lot of protien and mix it with steamed rice. It will help put the weight on. If that doesnt work it may be sick.
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Mom of Three @ 12:37 pm

I've taken in several emaciated rescues. Good for you!

If she is under two, she is still growing, and as backward as this sounds you don't want to fed her puppy food. Free choice excellent quality adult food is the answer.

If she is over two years old, I would feed 3/4 adult and 1/4 puppy great quality food to get her feet back under her. Once the weight starts to come, ease off on the puppy food. This would be especially true if she is thin because she's had litter after litter taken off her. Again, if there is any thought she could still be growing, do not give puppy food to her or any giant breed dog. Only add a little if she is really thin, grown, and needs a pump up.

Danes are normally very sweet dogs, but any dog who has been starved can be a little food aggressive. Don't fear it, but keep an understanding eye out.

Good luck!

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dorothy s @ 12:39 pm

I had a recue Great Dane, he was skinney when we rescued him and remained skinney all of his life, In spite of this, he was fit and healthy and lived until he was aged twelve. My husband was a rep for a firm who sold pet foods and there was no problem about food, we had lots of free samples. He was my second Dane and they don't eat a huge amount.
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barbamatt @ 12:39 pm

Feed her slowly at first and see how she tolerates the food. If a dog has been starving and you suddenly over feed him then you can cause an abdominal obstruction.

He may have internal parisites (worms). Worms can make a dog skinny becuase they steal all the nutrtion from the host.

Use a good quality brand of dog food and feed according to the weight requirements on the label. Don't try to over feed to make up for the time he missed food. He will have plenty of time to put the wieght back on.

Don't give table scraps.

Sorry about having to wait until Monday, but please be patient. Let the vet do a thorough exam. I am sure that he/she will test the dog for worms and other medical conditions. Then you will know better how to take care of the dog…for now just go slow and be kind to him. He will have to adjust to you too.
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sylvie @ 12:43 pm

feed little and often as she won't be able to eat large amounts of food, because her stomach will be smaller due to previous care.

try feeding a greyhound complete food. sounds silly but it is supposed to be very good for underweight dogs. i tried on our rescued alsation in similar circumstances. it worked very well. last time i bought some it was about £9.00 for 25kg. it doesn't have to be an expensive make i found.

well done to a lucky dog.
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~*CaVaLiEr GaL!*~ @ 12:46 pm

Mix the wet food and Dry food together.(A liitle more than the average Great Dane should eat.) Then but a Milkbone treat on top of the food.Give him a little less exersize than average and when he puts on the weight give him the normal amount of food and the normal amount of exersize. Good Luck! Thanks for saving a life.

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alias7484 @ 12:50 pm

Regular large breed food will be fine. Just feed her the best quality food you can afford.
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Not sure if someone already mentioned this, but danes and other large breeds need to have their food and water bowls elevated. Stooping far over to eat and drink is a big factor in gastric problems this breed is prone to. Buy a food/water stand for her.
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Great Dane Lover @ 6:52 pm

She needs to gain weight gradually.Feed her a good quality food such as Canidae, Wellness, Chicken Soup, Innova just to name a few…don't feed the store brands.
Danes really don't eat as much as people think they do. I feed Canidae ALS to my Danes. My rescue was only 72# and very malnourished..He is now at a very good weight. He eats 4 cups dry..2 am, 2 pm and 1/3 cup wet am & pm.
Be advised that some Dane lines are on the thin side and never gain up well.

I currently have 3 Danes..my rescue, my show boy and my retired obedience girl.
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August 2, 2008

lotsadogs @ 5:58 am

GDL is right. If you feed a good quality food (Eagle Pack, Canidea, Chicken Soup, Innova), they don't really eat that much. If you feed low quality food (and this includes IAMS, Science Diet, Purina and Pedigree), they'll eat more, and pooh more b/c there's a lot of grain in them and dogs don't digest grain.

My dane is 14 months/ 135 lbs. He eats 6-7 cups per day of Chicken Soup for the dog lovers soul/ Adult, broken up into 3 meals.

You do not want to give her any puppy food. If she gets an upset tummy, you can put a tblspn of activia yogart, or some canned pumpkin on top of her food to help firm her stools back up.

Good luck! She may stay on the skinny side forever (lean is not bad). As long as her hip bones aren't sticking way up, and you can see every rib, don't worry about it.

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June 7, 2009

heine @ 7:51 am

thanx you guys for all the valuable advice

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