Does your dog need to put on some weight? Increasing his fat intake or simply feeding him larger portions isn't always the healthiest way to do so.
You don't just want Fido packing on extra fat, so increasing his carbohydrate and protein intake is also imperative.
There is a common recipe that has been created as a homemade weight gainer for dogs. The reason I wouldn't call it dog food is it is incomplete
This recipe is typically referred to as satin balls for dogs.
They are packed with calories and nutritional ingredients.
While it's unhealthy for the body to gain weight rapidly, some dogs just need the extra calorie boost to get back on track.
Due to the lack of vitamins and minerals in this recipe, it's not considered a completely balanced meal.
This homemade dog weight gainer is intended for adult canines and should NOT be fed to puppies or pregnant dogs.
Satin balls for dogs should be used as a snack or treat in addition to your dog's food.
I would recommend starting with 1 satin ball for every 20 pounds of body weight per day.
If you don't notice weight gain within the first 5-7 days, increase the number of Satin Balls fed daily.
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Homemade Weight Gainer For Dogs: Satin Balls Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef (75-80% lean)
- 1 1/3 cups Total cereal
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
- 1 egg
- 6 tbsp. wheat germ
- 1 package unflavored geletin
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. unsulphured molasses
- pinch of salt
This recipe is meant to be served raw. It's important that you take proper preparations when making the meal and serving it to your dog.
Any surface that this homemade dog food for weight gain touches needs to be properly sanitized.
First, mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
You'll need to work the ingredients together with your hands to ensure that everything is thoroughly combined.
When finished, the mixture should be similar to a meatloaf. Now, line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Break off pieces of the ‘loaf' that are about the size of a golf ball.
Roll the balls until they are properly shaped and place on the parchment paper.
Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap. Satin Balls will only keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
If you won't use them all in this span of time, freeze this homemade dog food for weight gain until you need it.
To do this, freeze the balls on the parchment paper and then place them in an airtight container once they have hardened.
They will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for 2-3 months.
Just be sure to take them out to thaw before feeding them to your dog.
Satin Balls can be fed alone or added to your dog's daily meals.