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Recipe: Easy Weight Gain Dog Food

Does your dog need to gain some weight? This easy weight gain dog food adds healthy nutrition to your pet's diet while also helping him gain weight in a safe way. Increasing a dog's fat intake or simply feeding him larger portions isn't a healthy way to add weight. You don't just want Fido packing on extra fat, so increasing his carbohydrate and protein intake is also imperative.

Due to the lack of vitamins and minerals in this recipe, it's not considered a complete balanced meal. This homemade dog food is intended for adult dogs and should NOT be fed to puppies or pregnant dogs. It's also not intended to be fed long term.

This recipe should be used as a snack or treat in addition to your dog's regular diet. I would recommend starting with 1 slice 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 slices fed per day.

Easy Weight Gain Dog Food Recipe

Easy Weight Gain Dog FoodHelping your dog to gain weight sounds like a simple task, but if it's not done properly it could lead to health consequences. This recipe may be perfect for your dog, but it’s important to consult your vet before adding anything or changing anything when it comes to your dog's diet.


Recipe: Easy Weight Gain Dog Food

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This recipe is not meant to be your dog's complete diet. It is NOT nutritionally balanced diet. You need to add this easy weight gain dog food to your pet's current diet – i.e., in addition to his regular meals.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 16 slices 1x
  • Category: Weight Gain
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 pound browned ground beef (15-20% fat)
  • 1 cup of kibble (ground)


Place all of the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Knead them together to form a dough. You can add more crushed kibble if necessary to make a dry dough.

Place the dough on wax paper and form into a log. Serve slices as a treat between meals or as a food topper with their regular diet. If your dog begins to have loose stool, cut down the serving size and introduce this food more gradually.

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The nutrition content of this recipe will depend on the type of kibble that you use. 

How to store: You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

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We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.