One of the best ways to put weight on a dog is with something called "satin balls". You can find the recipe on many sites on the internet. Some people use it to put weight on their dogs before dog shows, but it's especially good for emaciated dogs and dogs who won't eat. It's high in fat so it puts on weight quickly, but it's also got other ingredients to make it a total diet so it can be fed alone or as a supplement.

My puppy hasn't been eating much and underneath all her fuzz she's skin and bones so I decided to mix up a batch to bring her up to a healthy weight

Step 1: Gather indgredients

This is the original recipe:
10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

However, if you just want to try them out or have a small dog, I recipe this scaled down version (1/10th or the original).

1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt

The only thing I suggest you change is the oil; vegtable oil has no health benefit, so substitute it with an oil that does (like flax seed oil which is high in healthy omega 3s).

I will try this recipe but I choose to probably boil it just long enough to make sure there is no possible chance of salmonella, my dog is weak enough and I know would not be able to fight it off, so I will do my changes, but I am stating what I believe without being rude, I am sure if you have a point to make you can find a way to do it without coming out as a know it all and being disrespectful, I'm pretty sure she knows how to treat her dog, as she stated he is wolf, their systems are just a tad different, I am sure that she is up on things, but I guess you will continue to believe the way you want, and that is fine but if you are going to be rude, may I suggest you take it somewhere else unless you are going to talk civil
<p>Dog stomachs are much different than ours. Most of them are built to be able to handle the bacteria just fine. Some breeds you have to be more cautious with, but for most of them they will do great on a raw diet. Mine will bury her meat outside and dig it up days later while it's rotting and eat it and I've never had any bacterial problems with her. She's always been given a clean bill of health each time she goes to the vet. </p>
You should go buy a lottery ticket and then go for a round of Russian roulette.
<p>I should have added that my dog is a wolf dog and not a standard dog breed. She's mid-content so her stomach is built for it. #LunaTheWolfdog</p>
It doesn't matter what breed your dog is no dog has a stomach meant to digest salmonella, listeria, e-coli or other such contaminates. I am all for raw just NOT from a grocery store regardless of what breed your dog is. Ground meats are the worst for both humans and animals because of the processing. If you were to say that you went to the farm or found meat that was flash frozen that would be different, but don't try to make yourself feel better by saying he's a wolf dog so it's ok. All you are really saying to anyone who cares about dogs is that you don't care enough to spend the time to find appropriate meats for your dog to eat.
<p>Actually, I do. I have friends who hunt and give me left over meats for her, I also have bought from many other places other than just supermarket meats. She now mainly eats chicken and I do have a meat grinder which I use to mash up butcher meat and vegetables for her. What degree do you have to say that I'm not feeding my wolfdog properly? She's extremely healthy and even the vets question what I feed her because of how amazing her coat is and how much energy she has. Just because you read something online saying it's not okay doesn't mean it's 100% correct. There are many factors that go into feeding a raw diet and what works for one animal may not work for another. I suggest you studying to become a vet if you feel the need to tell people what's right and wrong about what someone is doing with their pet. Luna has NEVER been sick from the food she eats and trust me, she's had some pretty rancid dead animals before. If she even so much as got a belly ache from what I was feeding her, I'd change it immediately but she's doing amazing... On top of all that, I've worked with exotic pets for over 15 years. I think I have some knowledge beyond a standard pet owner...</p>
Actually I am certified in Canine Health and Nutrition by the University of California Davis Extension. So I think you can step back down. Purposely feeding your dog rancid food is animal abuse, there is no arguing on that. If you would have read my comments I stated feeding raw food from the grocery store is not what the raw diet calls for. I am not against raw; I feed my girl appropriate raw food from a small local farm. Meat at the grocery store was not intended to be consumed in such a way so they do not have to be as careful with contaminates and handling since majority of contaminates will be cooked off making the meat safe. Feeding THAT to your pet as this recipe calls for is extremely dangerous not just for them but for you handling it as well. I'm not sure how much more I can spell it out for you. RAW GOOD, GROCERY STORE MEAT BAD.
I dont understand why you are slamming the vetrenarian<br> Those are her beliefs, there are vets who dont have problem with feeding raw food and some who do. There is no need tp be disrespectful<br> I dont feel comfortable feedinh my animaks raw dood either. I will try this recipe, but leaving out the oat meal. Which he loves becausexhecis alergic. Here is praying it works. He totally needs to gaine weight back.<br>ty For your you. I will be trying this recipe cooked
There are also some dentists who believe that using mercury is good and the only way to do a proper filling. Would you not tell this dentist where to go if they tried to tell you it was the only way to do a filling? As new information becomes available we change our opinions and increase our knowledge; unfortunately some do not continue their learning like this vet. So yes it should be pointed out and she should be called out on it until she realizes that she should be keeping up with studies done in the last 15 years not calling it a day when she finished vet school.
As a Veterinarian I must warn it is never a good idea to give your dog raw meat and this has to be one of the worst and most dangerous suggestions that someone can give to put weight on their dog. Sure some dogs may handle it, until they end up with the wrong batch of meat and many can't handle it at all and rarely survive the outcome, its a gamble I would never risk. When a dog is having trouble putting on weight or keeping weight on there's usually an underlined problem or simply doesn't like the dog food, try all natural dog foods or boil and debone chicken, boil some brown or white rice mix together feed it alone to your dog or mix with dog food until your dog gets used to eating the dog food. Sometimes just adding the chicken broth to the dog food helps. Hope this helps and remember, never give your dogs anything raw.
As a vet you probably haven't been trained in nutrition by non biased instructors. Your school was sponsored by a kibble company. They all are until you hit the holistic level.
<p>seriously? dogs were fed raw for HUNDREDS of years. you're out of your mind and brainwashed by the kibble companies. thank you for making people aware of you so they can avoid coming to your practice.</p>
<p>That is total rubbish!! Many dogs eat raw diets, it's very good for them. Cooking meat for dogs removes lots of the good nutrients. Top working and show dogs round the world are fed a raw or BARF diet.</p>
<p>I have an 8 year old pointer mix suffering from liver and kidney issues--losing a lot of protein. he is on a ton of meds including antibiotics and an immuno-suppressent. Is it still safe to give him the raw hamburg and raw eggs that are in this recipe? He has lost SO much weight and its a struggle to get him to eat ANYTHING.</p>
NO!!!! Kidney issues usually need low protein diets. Please talk to your vet they should have told you this.
I have a boxer 1 year old i want her to gain weight i feed her rite just not gaining weight
What are you feeding her? Who says its right for her?
Help! My Dane is allergic to oats, eggs, chicken, peanuts, turkey, milk, corn. And he's losing weight! Any ideas on foods that will fatten him up? And yes he is under vet care so please no negative comments.
When did he start loosing weight? Has he been checked for worms? What food is he on? Always remember that your vet is probably not a nutritionist as that is not part of the requirements to graduate. Just like human doctors. If you like send me a message and I will do my best to help you out. I am certified in canine nutrition however I am not a vet.
For those who have tried this you are all lucky and should buy a lottery ticket. Feeding proper raw is different than buying packaged meat at your local grocery store. In most cases these meat are contaminated with (at the very least) salmonella, more recently you now have to watch out for super bacteria that is resistant to treatment. If you or you dog contract one of these there is very little help for you. Please note I am NOT saying don't feed raw I am saying you need to do your research on the proper raw diet before you suggest things to other people.
<p>i've made this a couple days in a row so far, the &quot;raw&quot; issue doesn't bother me. i just think about how dogs survive(d) in the wild before (and after) they were domesticated. i was just wondering if anyone has tried a bit of plain yogurt, or smashed up some carrots, sweet potato, and/or blueberries. i'm going to supplement the recipe unless some one voices a concern about any of the above. i use honey, too. how about an actual calcium supplement? i thought about crushing a couple in the mixture.. haven't yet. i know the egg shells probably wouldn't hurt but i'm too scared to try it!! i get paranoid about the goofy dogs swallowing something sharp. i'll feed this to my bear bear until he looks good and WILL re-post. also, i have NOT done a fecal test yet but thought these treats couldn't hurt!! if he has parasites, i'll treat that and continue the satin's! </p>
I have a Japanese Chin with 4 week old pups on her. I noticed that she's getting too thin from feeding babies last week, so searched for a natural remedy. <br>I made, these, and she LOVES them!<br>I however, substituted wheat germ oil for the veg oil and wheat germ, and rice chex for the total. Also substituted a local dark honey for the molasses. <br>I don't get how there's all the controversy over cooked or not, yet not a question about using eggshells though? I get the calcium benefit, but powdered milk, or cottage cheese are just as good for that! Nonetheless, im thankful for finding this!<br>Thanks for recipe!
<p>I have an older French Bulldog with skin troubles and not underweight but almost.... I just wanted to fatten him up a little. So far it has been two weeks on about a quarter pound patty a day, and he has gained 2 lbs. He looks great :) I skipped the cereal and wheat germ because of his skin problems. Thanks for posting this, I am thrilled with the results. I plan to cut him back to half a patty now every other day. </p>
<p>can any one tell me if you cook this stuff ?</p>
I made this to put weight on a foster dog. It was recommended to me to NOT do the RAW diet, so I made these baseball size, put in Ziploc and flattened and froze. I COOKED them by : from frozen: microwave for 1 minute on high, remove from Ziploc, chop into bite sized pieces, microwave on high 2.5 to 3 minutes, let cool. Worked great!! She loved it (wouldn't eat anything else I tried)
No cooking it is all raw.
freezer only!
I made this to put weight on a foster dog. It was recommended to me to NOT do the RAW diet, so I made these baseball size, put in Ziploc and flattened and froze. I COOKED them by : from frozen: microwave for 1 minute on high, remove from Ziploc, chop into bite sized pieces, microwave on high 2.5 to 3 minutes, let cool. Worked great!! She loved it (wouldn't eat anything else I tried)
<p>Is there any way around using the wheat germ? I just rescued a very very underweight pit/lab mix from a shelter and she has a wheat allergy. Thanks!</p>
Then don't use Total. I left the wheat germ out and used rice chex
I have an 8 month old Doberman pinscher, german shepherd mix. We got her about a month ago, not a rescue, and she has just been getting skinnier and skinnier. At first we gave her dry food 2x a day. She wouldn't eat that. And now we have food in her bowl 24/7 and it rarely gets empty! I wanted to try satin balls and I was wondering if 2 balls a day is too much? Also, how long before she starts gaining weight?
Have you had your dog checked for worms?
<p>This is a good recipe (not quite sure about the eggshells, for calcium, perhaps?) I'm sure the author probably assumed that you'd already checked with your vet as to why your pup wasn't gaining weight. I know vets are expensive, but any puppy who fails to thrive may be suffering from something that all the good food in the world won't cure. I'd definitely use this for a nursing bitch or a puppy recovering from an illness. Any dog who is underweight and has access to good food and water must be seen by a vet; the cause can be anything from worms to intestinal dysfunction. Our animals are too precious to risk - if money is a problem, most animal shelters can direct you to a low-cost clinic in your area. Once you know they're ok, I'm sure they'll be happy critters to get this delicious treat!</p>
And once she does gain weight, do I just stop giving them to her?
<p>I have a 3 month old coon hound I rescued, she only weighs 8 pounds, as a guideline, how many of these should I feed her a day?? you can see hre hip bones and all her ribs. Poor girl.</p>
2x a day. I would give it to my dog once in the morning and one at night
And once she does gain weight, do I just stop giving them to her?
do i use egg shell and how ?
egg and egg shell
<p>I made about a 1/3 batch, and I took the eggs and threw them in the Ninja, but you could use a blender or a food processor. Just chuck 'em in there whole and blend with the oils or whatever. That way they get the calcium without an issue with big pieces of shell.</p>
<p>break the egg shell up and add to the mixture</p>
<p>I let this defrost first then feed to him right?</p>
Is this in place of OR in addition to traditional kibble???
either or
Do they half to be golf sized? I made mines kinda bigger maybe 3 times bigger... I don't want my pit to get sick because of it. How often can I give them to her?
<p>this worked amazing for my 3 month wolf puppy who was only 27 pounds she is now well over 30</p>
<p>My Rhodesian Ridgeback mix has been sick for the past 3 months. He stopped eating in January. Rocky Mountain Fever in January...those meds damaged his liver...he was treated for that and all tests at this point are negative (including ultrasounds and xrays). Only issue now seems to be his weight. He's about 15 lbs underweight. I'm going to try to use these Satin Balls but don't want to overload him. He's finally eating again - 3 small meals a day. How many golf ball sized pieces should he get per day?</p>

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