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Old 07-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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We have recently rescued an 11 year old GSD named buddy. Buddy is extremely thin and mostly deaf, but he is a great dog! Wondering if anyone may have any advice on what I can feed him to put some meat on his old bones. He was fed Ol Roy for most of his life, which I am sure did not help his current weight! It makes me angry that people let dogs get to this point. Just hoping to make the last years of his life good ones!!

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Fisher, welcome to the Forum! You are one special person, to take in a senior dog. Kudos to you! You may want to read the thread by vagreys, on kibble scoring. It's a great thread! I now feed my dogs Blue Buffalo. They put out a variety. I feed mine the fish and sweet potato. It was recommended to me by another member of this forum. All three of mine love it. I used to top it off with canned dog food, but now I buy chicken livers and boil them up with plenty of water. I cut up a few and add some of the water into the bowl as well. It works like a charm if you have any picky eaters. But oh the smell of them cooking!
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The previous owners lived in a mobile home with two cats, two chihuahua, one pom and our eleven year old GSD. I believe that buddy didnt get much food, and what he did get was garbage! He is a very loving dog, and has a great personality, and we have no regrets about taking him in! He was bound for the animal shelter, and would not have lasted a week there!

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Welcome to df and bless you for rescuing a senior dog! They are the best kind! Dee gave you some good advice about food. That and lots of love will help your new dog!
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We just wanted to make the last years of his life great for him! We knew going into this that he was pretty close to the top of his life span, but you never know.....he may live to 15 given proper care! Our only regret was not getting him sooner!!

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Buddy is one lucky dog! It makes me sad to think that he was bound for an animal shelter. Who could do that to an 11 year old dog? I would not be able to live with myself.

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Welcome Fisher and bless you for giving Buddy a home! Have you had a look at some of our threads on satin balls?

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I'm starting to think the forum members dogs eat better than I do.


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Thanks to all for advice! This is not my first dog, but Buddy is the first malnurished! I will take any advice that I can, my only worry is that his stomach may not be able to handle some things right away. After coming off a diet that consisted mainly of poison(ol roy) I dont want to introduce too much too soon! I am not sure if this is the right way to go about it, but have been putting cooked eggs and toast in with his new dry food as well as higher fat snacks!

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Thanks to all for advice! This is not my first dog, but Buddy is the first malnurished! I will take any advice that I can, my only worry is that his stomach may not be able to handle some things right away. After coming off a diet that consisted mainly of poison(ol roy) I dont want to introduce too much too soon! I am not sure if this is the right way to go about it, but have been putting cooked eggs and toast in with his new dry food as well as higher fat snacks!
There are a couple of things going on with a senior dog. First, senior dogs lose digestive efficiency as they age. They aren't able to extract as much nutrition from their food. Second, they lose weight and start to lose muscle mass. So, you are dealing with the normal effects of aging, as well as anything else that might have been going on before you got him. You are right not to be pushing too much at him, all at once. He's been fed one thing for a long time, and his stomach needs time to adjust to changes.

Adding eggs and toast to his meals isn't a bad idea. I would avoid giving him a daily diet of eggs, but several cooked eggs a week is a good idea. You can even save the shells, bake them at 350F until they turn golden, let them cool, grind them to powder and add them to his food for extra calcium.

He doesn't need the toast, particularly. It isn't as if he is refusing to eat. He is eating and has appetite, so you aren't needing to entice him with extra carbs. Improving his diet is doing far more for him than adding the toast, and he's getting plenty of carbs from his dry food. Also, helping a malnourished dog recover is an exercise in patience. You don't want to stress his system with rapid or extreme changes to diet, so keeping it simple is a good idea. So, your goal is slow, steady improvement with a basic, nutritent-dense diet.

I have some suggestions for you to consider, but it would help to know what his new dry food is, and what the fatty snacks are that you've added. It would also help to know how much he actually weighs.

Finally, have you taken him to the vet for a general checkup? You want to rule out medical reasons for his weight loss and loss of muscle mass, such as parasites, thyroid conditions or kidney problems common to senior dogs.
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