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Old 11-16-2010, 06:10 PM
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Highest Calorie Dog Foods

I'm looking for some of the highest calorie dog foods.

I actually have the opposite problem with my dog being too thin. He doesn't have a crazy appetite and even if he's hungry he's never the type to overeat. I just can't get him to gain weight. He's medium sized... about 50 pounds but he should be more around 55.

Are the highest protein kibbles the richest dog food? I don't know if I should go back to Orijen Puppy then ????
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What breed is your dog? And how old is he?

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I'm looking for some of the highest calorie dog foods.

I actually have the opposite problem with my dog being too thin. He doesn't have a crazy appetite and even if he's hungry he's never the type to overeat. I just can't get him to gain weight. He's medium sized... about 50 pounds but he should be more around 55.

Are the highest protein kibbles the richest dog food? I don't know if I should go back to Orijen Puppy then ????
You could add a meal to increase calories Orijen is a good food.
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He's a Jindo. And still young. A few months over a year.

I fed him Orijen Puppy before (prob around 7-8 months old) and he did okay on it. He wasn't crazy about the taste but he was still fatter than now.

The thing is.. he's always been a bit underweight. I used to free range feed him (it worked for quite a while) until his older puppy stage when he wouldn't eat as much if I did that.. so I just gave him food twice a day. I substitute quite a bit of fresh meat + bones into his diet too, along with the kibble but he's always been lean. He is a bit on the picky side though. Doesn't eat the kibble with the same enthusiasm as fresh food unless he's hungry enough.

I've noticed he seems to prefer grain based dog kibble versus high protein, but those are not very good for him. -_-
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have you had him vet checked? Maybe you need to look into a food course like bison/venison/fish, something to entice his hunger.
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Yeah. I asked the vet and he told me not to be too worried if his weight is relatively stable. His weight was the same as the summer and the vet said he would prefer to see a dog a bit skinny than too fat.
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I have the same problem- I have an Australian Shepherd who weighs 30 pounds on a good day. She yo-yos a bit between 25-30. I'd like her to be closer to 35.
I haven't tried Orijen, but I have had good success with Taste of the Wild. I use the bison for dry, and occasionally give canned of different flavors or brands (natural balance, blue buffalo wilderness). I personally mix in about 40% Blue buffalo Wilderness (duck) because I can get a bag a month free, but the Taste of the Wild is what has done best for me. Also, any time I give her "extras" I don't take away from her normal kibble, like I would with a normal dog.
You may also try the Natural Balance food rolls, I wouldn't feed JUST that but it might be good to give mixed in with the dry (i've grated it like cheese before, she loved it) to entice.
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I personally wouldn't worry about putting weight on him as his weight seems to be within the breeds standards unless he is much taller and longer and he is still young but if your sure he needs it I think you got some good suggestions.
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^ His weight is within breed standards but he's a bit tall for his weight. I think even 60 pounds would be ideal for him. I think he's around 55-57cm to the withers.

He is thin though. You can see his last few ribs even if he's in a relaxed state and not bending. You can see the vertebrae of his lower spinal column too.

Cali - thanks for experience with Taste of The Wild. It's the next bag I have already bought for him to try. Hopefully it will be better than Solid Gold (he's on right now) but I can tell he dislikes this food the most out of everything that has been tried.


How well do dogs do on Cheese? Mine seems to love the stuff but I've only given him small amounts so far since I can't imagine dogs doing too well on dairy. It's basically congealed fat, so I can see feeding cheese adding a bit of heft... but then again I don't want to spoil him since most of his nutrition is from dry kibble.
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^ His weight is within breed standards but he's a bit tall for his weight. I think even 60 pounds would be ideal for him. I think he's around 55-57cm to the withers.

He is thin though. You can see his last few ribs even if he's in a relaxed state and not bending. You can see the vertebrae of his lower spinal column too.

Cali - thanks for experience with Taste of The Wild. It's the next bag I have already bought for him to try. Hopefully it will be better than Solid Gold (he's on right now) but I can tell he dislikes this food the most out of everything that has been tried.


How well do dogs do on Cheese? Mine seems to love the stuff but I've only given him small amounts so far since I can't imagine dogs doing too well on dairy. It's basically congealed fat, so I can see feeding cheese adding a bit of heft... but then again I don't want to spoil him since most of his nutrition is from dry kibble.
I wouldn't do too much cheese- I use it as a treat only (and to give meds)
Why don't you get some canned food, and add a couple tablespoons of can to his dry plus a little water, make sure the canned is touching all the kibble and feed like that? I work at a boarding kennel, and this usually works for the poor eaters.
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