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  • Tips to Make Your Puppy Gain Weight

    When we first bring a puppy home, we want to shower them with love and affection. While giving our puppies praise and love is certainly an important part of meeting their basic needs so that they can grow and develop, the most important way to help your puppy grow is by ensuring that they are healthy and well fed.

    Knowing what, when, or how to feed your new puppy can be confusing and stressful – especially if you’re encountering difficulty helping them to gain weight. There are a number of different factors to consider when it comes to helping your puppy grow at a normal pace, which is why it is important to always consult with your veterinarian for tips, suggestions, and an individualized plan. In this article, we’ll go over some basic information that will be helpful in determining how to best help your furry little friend.

    What causes puppies to have difficulty gaining weight?

    It is a common problem that pets owners face in trying to get new puppies to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet everyday. These are just a few of the reasons why your puppy might be having difficulty gaining weight at a normal rate:

    Inadequate appetite

    If your puppy isn’t interested in food and simply doesn’t seem excited by food, then there could be further causes for their diminished appetite. It’s best to have a veterinarian check them out.

    Insufficient calorie intake

    Feeding puppies enough food is challenging, as their caloric needs vary by size, breed, and other individual factors.

    Inadequate diet

    The type of food we feed our puppy simply may not be the right fit for their dietary needs. Remember that puppies are growing and developing, which makes their dietary needs different from adult dogs.

    Underlying medical conditions

    There are many different medical conditions or concerns that can impact your pet’s diet, such as:

    • Parasites
    • Digestive conditions
    • Diabetes
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Irregular dental development

    It’s important to have these factors assessed by a trusted veterinarian to ensure your pet doesn’t need medical treatment.

    Important factors to keep in mind

    Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you attempt to determine what is behind your puppy’s weight gain issue:

    • Simply increasing the amount of calories your puppy eats may not be the best solution.
    • There may be underlying causes, such as medical conditions, environmental factors, or dietary factors that impede your puppy from gaining weight.
    • Giving your puppy dietary supplements can cause more harm than good.
    • Always check with your veterinarian to rule-out underlying causes of appetite disturbance or other problems with weight gain.
    • Be sure to consult with your veterinarian on a plan to help your puppy gain weight. This may include:
      • Adjusting feeding time and intervals.
      • Adjusting the type of food your puppy is eating.
      • Adding supplements (pet owners must use caution and always consult with their veterinarian).
      • Assessing what environmental factors could be contributing to the problem (such as other pets in the home).
      • Treatment for underlying medical issues.

    What you can do to help your puppy gain weight

    Here are a few tips on how you can give your puppy the help he/she needs and allow them to gain weight appropriately:

    • Bring your puppy to the veterinarian for an exam.
    • Consult with your veterinarian on what types of food to feed your puppy.
    • Consult with your veterinarian on when you should feed your pet.
    • Ask your veterinarian about the risks and benefits of giving your pet supplements.
    • Monitor your puppy’s weight gain closely.
    • Observe your pet’s eating habits around other pets – they may need to be fed in a different area to avoid stress.

    Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, animals are our passion, and their health and safety is our primary concern. New puppy owners from all over the areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other cities nearby Ventura County, have entrusted us with their pet’s health, and we never take that for granted. If you are experiencing difficulty getting your new puppy to gain weight, please call us right away to schedule an exam. We look forward to helping your puppy to grow happily and healthily.

    posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:43 am by Doctor Ron