Does your dog need to put on some weight? Increasing the amount of fat in his diet or simply feeding him larger portions isn’t always the healthiest way to do so. You don’t don’t want Fido packing on extra fat, so increasing his carbohydrate and protein intake is also important. This easy weight gain dog food adds healthy nutrition to your pet’s diet while also helping him gain weight in a safe way.
While it’s not very healthy 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 complete balanced meal. This easy weight gain dog food is intended for adult dogs and should NOT be fed to puppies or pregnant dogs.
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.
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Easy Weight Gain Dog Food Recipe
Helping 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.
A veterinarian or a certified canine nutritionist will assess your dog’s current body condition and weight, and help you develop a step by step action plan. This plan will not only include specific diet or brands of food, but also feeding times, supplements (if needed) and an exercise routine.
Recipe: Easy Weight Gain Dog Food
This recipe isn’t meant to be the sole aspect of your pet’s diet. It’s more like a treat – something added to your dog’s diet on top of his regular feeding schedule. Remember, this homemade dog food for weight gain is intended for adult dogs and should NOT be fed to puppies or pregnant dogs.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 14–16 slices 1x
- Category: Weight Gain
- Cuisine: Dog Treats
- 1 cup of your dog’s regular kibble
- 1/2 pound browned ground beef (15-20% fat)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- (1) 8-ounce package of cream cheese
Dice the kibble in a food processor until it’s very fine. Place the ground kibble, browned ground beef, peanut butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Knead the recipe until it forms a dough-like consistency. You can add more ground kibble if you need to stiffen up the dough a little bit.
Place the dough on wax paper and form it into a log shape. Cut the log into 1/4″ slices.
This recipe is made to serve as a treat along with your dog’s regular diet. Feed 1 slice per day for every 20 pounds of body weight. You should break this up into 2-3 servings per day. So, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, feed about 1/3 of a slice at 3 different times throughout the day instead of feeding 1 full slice all at once.
The nutritional contents of this recipe will be dependent on the type of kibble that you use. You can get the nutritional content of the dog food on the packaging. You can look up the nutritional content of the other ingredients on their packaging or online.
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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