|Barked: Tue Jun 5, '12 11:40am PST |
|I've seen several vets since I got Abe as my service dog, over his weight problem. Abe, no matter how much I feed him will not gain weight. I've even had to cease working him these past two months because his weight is too low and he was rubbing his hips raw just laying down. When I take him into public, people think I'm starving him or he's an abused dog I just got. What they don't realize is that he's been on many high quality foods, eating sometimes double and triple the recommended amount. I've done oils, oatmeal, pumpkin, vitamins and etc, all in an attempt to get him to a normal weight.
All the vets I've seen have tested him for everything from parasites, cancer and even diabetes (rare cases has shown to cause weight loss) and they all tell me that Abe is in stunning health even though he's very underweight by 5-7lbs. They have told me that he might just have a high working metabolism. I asked several vets if neutering him would help. All of them have told me that neutering will not have a drastic effect and in cases of dogs with this high a metabolism, wont make a difference. I've talked to country vets and even vets that have been trained and worked at some of the best vet clinics and they still tell me the same thing.
If you guys know of some ways I can pack some weight on my dog safely, let me know. I'm open to all ideas, however please keep in mind that I don't have a lot of money to spend. I hope there are some good home remedies that could help me. I just want to get him to a normal weight.
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