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Hi guys!

First I just want to vent because we got our second dog, Rocco, a big mastiff mix, from the SPCA yesterday and he is so skinny. By far the skinniest animal that has ever been in my care. His hip bones are very prominent and when you pet his back you can really feel his spine and his ribs are jutting out. He was also there for 5 months so I know they had plenty of time to put weight on him if he came in like that. Also they claimed to "love" him. But when we asked for information about his personality the front desk people looked around to all the workers and asked "does anyone know anything about Rocco?" and no one did. Anyway, he's a great dog and we have a vet appointment for him tomorrow, but in the mean time does anyone have any advice on how we can start putting weight on the poor dog?
 

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I suspect, as long as he is in good health, he will add weight, just because he will be happier then he was in the shelter. See what your Vet has to offer, but I would guess in a relatively short time you will have the same problem most of us do, which is keeping excess weight off our fur babies.
 

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-Puppy food.

-Look at the labels on dog food. Look for higher protein and higher fat.

-Feed him a few times a day and have one of the times be an hour or two before bed. Eating closer to bedtime makes it so those calories are not burned off with exercise.

-Give him some carbohydrates. Rice or pasta with his meals

-Canned pumpkin is good for gaining weight and dogs like it. It's also good to help clear up diarrhea for a dog.

-Peanut butter

-Sweet potato is also good for weight gain

In between meals give him biscuits or other treats
 

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Have a chat to your vet about it, being stressed uses up a lot of the hormones in the body that are responsible for depositing energy into muscle and fat.

I would hesitate giving anything high fat or protein until he gets checked over by your vet and they give the okay.
 

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Split his meals up into smaller portions spread throughout the day. It will cut down on the risk of him throwing it up, especially if he's eating fast.

Talk to the vet about if you should do any food changes and to check for parasites which can be a cause for weight loss. You'll want to bring in a bit of poo from the day of the vet if you can manage it. They won't have to collect a sample from him cutting down on a bit of the stress there.

Keep things a bit low key and quiet until you can get him into the vet to find out what's up. Shelters, SPCA or not, often have limited budgets, especially the smaller ones. I visited a few that were listed as SPCA when I was trying to find a dog, but some were clearly stretched thin.
 

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My dog was skinny when I got him too. I just gave up extra food until his weight got better, and didn't skimp on training treats.
 
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