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How to Help Your Dog Gain Weight: A Comprehensive Guide

Helping a dog gain weight can be a challenging task, especially if your pet has been ill or has lost its appetite. Ensuring your dog maintains a healthy weight is crucial for its overall health and well-being. This guide provides detailed strategies and clinical information to help your dog gain weight effectively.

Understanding the Need for Weight Gain

Before diving into specific strategies, it’s important to understand why a dog might need to gain weight. Common reasons include:

  • Recovery from Illness: Dogs recovering from an illness may lose weight due to reduced appetite or increased metabolic demands.

  • High Metabolism: Some dogs naturally have a high metabolism, making it difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Poor diet or malabsorption issues can lead to weight loss.

Enhancing Appetite

  1. Flavor Enhancers:

  • Chicken Broth: Adding low-sodium chicken broth to your dog’s food can enhance the flavor and make it more palatable. The savory taste can stimulate appetite and encourage eating.

  • Parmesan Cheese: A small sprinkle of Parmesan cheese can add an appealing aroma and taste, enticing your dog to eat.

  • Canned Food: Mixing a bit of high-quality canned dog food or even canned cat food can increase the palatability of your dog’s meals.

  1. Frequent, Smaller Meals:

  • Instead of feeding large meals twice a day, offer smaller, more frequent meals. This approach can be less overwhelming for a dog with a poor appetite and can help improve overall intake.

Nutritional Supplements

  1. Doc Roy’s Absorb More:

  • Digestive Enzyme Supplement: This supplement enhances the digestion and absorption of nutrients. By breaking down food more effectively, it ensures that your dog’s body can utilize the maximum amount of nutrients from their food. This is particularly important for dogs recovering from illness or those with malabsorption issues.

  1. Doc Roy’s Forti Cal:

  • Caloric Supplement: Doc Roy’s Forti Cal is a high-calorie supplement available in gel, liquid, granules, and soft chews. It provides essential nutrients and additional calories to support weight gain. This supplement is particularly useful for dogs needing an extra energy boost or those who are very active.

High-Calorie Foods

Incorporating high-calorie foods into your dog’s diet can help with weight gain. Look for dog foods specifically formulated for weight gain or active dogs. These foods often contain higher levels of protein and fat, which are essential for building muscle and increasing body weight.

Practical Feeding Tips

  1. Gradual Transition:

  • When introducing new foods or supplements, do so gradually to avoid gastrointestinal upset. Mix the new food or supplement with your dog’s current diet, gradually increasing the amount over a week.

  1. Regular Monitoring:

  • Keep track of your dog’s weight and body condition. Regularly weigh your dog and monitor for any signs of adverse reactions to new foods or supplements.

  1. Hydration:

  • Ensure your dog is well-hydrated, as dehydration can decrease appetite. Provide fresh water at all times and consider adding water-rich foods like wet dog food to their diet.

Consulting Your Veterinarian

Before making significant changes to your dog’s diet or adding supplements, it’s crucial to consult with your veterinarian. They can provide personalized advice based on your dog’s health history, current condition, and nutritional needs. Your veterinarian may also run diagnostic tests to rule out underlying conditions that could be affecting your dog’s weight.

Case Study: Practical Application

A customer once struggled with her dog, who had lost weight after an illness and refused to eat. I recommended adding chicken broth and Parmesan cheese to the dog’s meals. This successfully reignited the dog’s appetite. To further support weight gain, I suggested adding Doc Roy’s Absorb More for better nutrient absorption and Doc Roy’s Forti Cal Liquid for additional calories. Over the next few months, the dog regained a healthy weight.


Helping your dog gain weight requires a combination of the right diet, effective supplements, and consistent feeding practices. Understanding the underlying causes of weight loss and addressing them with targeted strategies can significantly improve your dog’s health and quality of life.

For more information on weight gain strategies and high-quality supplements, visit or call us at 800-658-5308. We are committed to helping you keep your pets healthy and thriving.

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