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As new dog parents, one faces many issues while bringing up a puppy; not gaining weight is one of them. Everyone always associates puppies with being chubby and adorable balls of fur. But what should one do in case their puppy is not able to gain weight? It is not just a matter of being adorable, but also about the puppy’s health.
young puppy could be underweight because of several reasons. The puppy could be
recently recovering from an illness. Many recently adopted former stray dogs
are extremely hesitant to get used to their new surroundings. Your puppy might
be falling ill, or your puppy could simply be a picky eater.
us look at ways to help your underweight puppy gain weight.
Visit your puppy's vet first and
putting your puppy on a new diet, visit the vet to make sure that the weight
loss isn’t due to an underlying disease. Your puppy might need to be put on
medication in case of a serious medical problem. After your vet has ruled out
any such serious disease, you can have a chat with them and work on a new diet
plan for your puppy. Make sure to ask your vet to check your puppy for
parasites in the stomach.
Track your puppy’s weight
at the vet, make it a point to weigh your puppy. After following a new diet
plan for about a month, check your puppy’s weight again. Tracking their weight
regularly will help you determine if there has been any significant improvement
Add one extra meal to their diet
your puppy one high-calorie meal can be helpful. You can try pumpkin or sweet
potato. Unsweetened peanut butter is a good option too. Many vets suggest
feeding them commercial puppy food with 100% real meat as an extra meal since
they have higher calories than regular homemade puppy food. Adding this extra
meal can also be a hit with your picky eater dog. Make sure that your dog isn’t
allergic to any of these food items. However, adding extra calories in their
diet also means that they need to exercise a little harder than before. You can
do this by extending their walks for another half an hour.
Give your puppy regular exercise
inactive for a large part of the day can make your puppy lethargic, thus
decreasing their appetite. Take your puppy out for a walk for an hour or two.
Once your dog gets the hang of it, they might even start running around and
playing. Regular daily exercise helps increase your puppy's appetite, thus
allowing them to eat more nutritious food. However, do not overwork your puppy.
There is only so much exercise your adorable pooch can do in a day.
If none of the above tips work, you might need
to visit the vet again. The vet can prescribe your puppy healthy weight gain supplements
to help aid the process.