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).

<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>
<p>I know this is an old thread but just wanted to say, I feed a homemade diet to my Miniature Pinscher, as well as a foster I took in who was severely emaciated, and not doing well at the local shelter I volunteer at due to her fear of men. She has since put on some really healthy weight and has really come back to life. For the egg shells bit, I am a huge supporter and believer in using eggshells for a pure source of calcium. I thought maybe this information would be helpful. When I make food for my dogs I always boil the eggshells after I make the eggs and once they dry I grind them in a coffee grinder until they are in powder form so I don't have to worry about the sharp bits. I hope this helps someone!</p>
<p>I am also fostering an emaciated dog..a goldendoodle about 20# underweight.</p><p>How long did it take before you saw results? </p>
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<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>
<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>
<p>My son has a high content wolf dog looks just like yours! she is getting older and she has a hard time keeping any weight on. She is very picky eater, I am def going to try these on her! THANKS!!</p>
<p>beautiful dog, love those viscious teeth!! lol</p>
<p>Luna is beautiful!!! may she howl at the moon for many years to come...lol</p>
<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.
<p>You also have to be careful with raw poultry because of the risk of contamination with the salmonella bacterium that live in the bird's intestines. It's true that dog's guts and immune system are built to handle bacteria differently than ours. A healthy adult dog with a mature immune system will rarely, if ever, become ill from salmonella. The problem is that it doesn't leave their system, but instead it settles in and grows in their intestine. It still doesn't make them sick, but they start to shed Salmonella through their feces. It then winds up in our yards and houses and where there is a risk that it can make the pet owner sick (just think about the last time you caught your dog eating poo the next time she comes to lick your face). This is especially dangerous in infants and young children who are at increased risk of salmonella poisoning. I'm not saying that you shouldn't feed your dog raw chicken, just be aware of the risk and handle her poop with respect.</p>
<p>Also, that is a beautiful, healthy, and happy looking dog.</p>
<p>Interesting discussion. I am in favor of the raw diet too, but I agree that it should be done properly, especially when dealing with ground beef. The issue with ground beef is that during the grinding process multiple body parts from multiple cows are all fed together into an industrial scale meat grinder. It is at this stage when there is a high risk of bacterial contamination of meat batches, specifically with e. coli from the cows' gastrointestinal tract. The e coli then continues to grow and multiply during shipping and storage and, when it arrives on your dog's plate, it can be at a much higher bacterial load than they would ever encounter in nature. This is also different than a old carcass that they dug up which would have a mixed microbial population (some of which are healthy) that your dog's stomach is probably more accustomed to dealing with. Also, some e. coli strains are particularly dangerous such as EHEC (entero-hemorrhagic e. coli). These strains are more frequently a byproduct of food contamination and are not commonly found in nature, but, if your dog did come across EHEC or another aggressive strain, it would make her really sick regardless of the source. Now we do have food quality and processing regulations to help avoid such contamination and, as a result, the risk is minimal but it is still there. This is why we're told to be extra careful when cooking ground beef.</p><p>When feeding your dog raw ground beef, a safer way is to buy beef chuck at your grocery store or butcher and have them grind it up fresh. It's also better quality and more delicious meat, I highly recommend trying this for your own cooking also.</p>
<p>could you not cook them? My dog has short bowel syndrome and I'm not keen on feeding her a raw diet. She has a hard time digesting some foods and will eat her poop if it smells good enough (sorry about TMI)</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>Get rid of the Rice Chex and go back to the Total. Follow the recipe. The total is there for it's nutritional benefit and Chex is a 0 in that department. The egg shells *are* the added calcium. Use the molasses for the same reason. Many things in molasses and 0 in honey. Dogs are intolerant of dairy and it's not good for them. If you are just using this for treats, then messing with the recipe won't hurt any. If you are using them as a source of nutrition you need to follow the recipe.</p>
<p>Hi, This is great, however I have changed one thing in this recipe along with using a healthy oil (I use Hemp Oil or coconut oil), and that is I would never use the cheapest hamburger meat available. Cheap meat is cheap because the cattle have been given hormones and antibiotics and fed a cheap diet. An undernourished dog is already an unhealthy dog, so I only use grass fed beef or free range chicken/turkey that has never had antibiotics or hormones. It's more expensive, yes, but Walmart now carries a brand of grass fed beef that is affordable. Regardless, it's worth it because you'll have fewer vet bills.</p>
<p>Cheap meat is cheap because of the fat content or the ratio of gristle and cartilage in the meat. The reason a tougher &quot;chuck&quot; steak is far less expensive than a &quot;rib eye&quot;. Cheap hamburger is the same and you actually want the higher fat content in the cheaper burger. That is why the recipe calls for it. The term &quot;Grass fed&quot; for beef is mostly a selling term and not at all honest. Feedlot beef, the cheap cows you are referring to, are raised in a pasture (on grass) until they are ready for the next stage of growing them for slaughter (feedlot pens and corn) That qualifies them legally for the term &quot;grass fed&quot;. Just like putting &quot;Gluten Free&quot; on bottled water. It's not what you think but it sounds good. The only beef that is raised 100% on pasture and has had nothing but grass it's whole life is called &quot;Grass Finished&quot;. Rather expensive and hard to find. If you find beef labeled grass fed and it states it is from a specific farm with a website, then look up that farm and see if they discuss their feeding practice. If you find grass fed beef at Walmart (LOL) I can absolutely guarantee you that it is NOT what you think.</p>
I have made this recipe myself, as well for others. I don't skimp on quality of meats, I never add salt. Forget the Knox gelatin. For protein, I used 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds, flax seed meal. I serve these frozen treats. Where others serve as food. Even adding coconut oil, or hemp oil. <br>Gojo berries grinding up. All excellent source vitamins.
<p>If you are using them as treats, then use the high end meat. But, if you are using these as a diet supplement or to put weight on, you do need the fat content in the cheaper burger. Adding berries is an excellent idea. Use dried ones instead if fresh to avoid the extra fluid that would make these a mess to handle.</p>
<p>Been using these for years and &quot;Yummy Nummy&quot; is what the dogs say. Thank you for posting the smaller amount breakdown. I make mini balls with this and use it for training treats and good behavior reinforcement. I make them and lay them out on a cookie sheet on waxed paper. Freeze the whole sheet full and then bag the frozen balls in one bag. They break apart easily and I'm not using up a lot of plastic bags. My scrawny rat Siberian Husky will eat these when she thumbs her nose at canned and dry food. She is an extremely high energy dog and it's impossible to keep weight on her. Rather that feed her entire balls, I sometimes break them up into small bits and mix the bits all in with her dry food. Depending on her mood, she will then eat the whole bowl of food .. or .. root out all the tasty bits leaving the kibble behind and make a mess. :)</p>
This Instructable is insulting if you care about dogs. How about seeing a vet to know what might be going on with an emaciated dog? Sure it might cost more than this, but delaying treatment only costs more in the long run, not to mention suffering for the dog. Then maybe if the vet approves, use this to address the symptom. Dogs, and especially small dogs, can get pancreatitis from high fat foods. So satin balls could compound the the problem!! And BTW, dogs can't use the omegas in flaxseed to make the appropriate fatty acids, like people can, so really no benefit to flaxseed over vegetable oil.
<p>Actually, your reply is ignorant and uninformed at best. If you have a dog, you are expected to KNOW your dog as well as know what is good for it. I have huskies and one is a terribly picky eater. Unless she is fed something like this she would be skin and bones. Yes, emaciated would be a proper term. There is nothing wrong with her, she chooses not to eat for all the wrong reasons. I can not afford to feed her a raw diet and these, as well as some high quality canned food, do a terrific job of supplementing her meals, getting her to actually eat AND keep weight on her. The fat in these is obviously not enough to cause pancreatitis if you actually knew anything about the disorder. Flax seed oil is fine. Fish oil would be better but your statement that dogs can not use flax oil for conversion to EPA and DHA is also untrue. They can, just not efficiently. Flax oil is also beneficial for improving skin and coat condition, helps with constipation as well as other benefits. Perhaps you can use your internet skills so obvious here and Google &quot;Satin Balls&quot; and do some more reading. I'm sure you will find it quite educational.</p>
<p>I don't understand the need to be so negative. My vet is a homeopathic vet with many additional years of training and she reccomends raw food. It is pricecy so I wasn't able to keep it up though I saw improvements in my old guy. I did find that he (my old guy) didn't do well with wheat so I acted accordingly. I have had people tell me to get rid of my dog because finding a rental is complicated. I wouldn't dictate anything to anyone. I may suggest a concern or speak about my experience. Where does this impolite and ignorant (literal not figurative definition) come from? I don't know why the venom? I find it disturbing and I hope I have helped my own adult (now) child to speak up with compassion consideration and respect. I won't discourage him from expresssing himself but there is something in the idea of if you haven't anything nice (polite) to say don't say anything at all. I love my dog and I can tell everyone unequivically that he matters more to me than he could to anyone else. My old guy died at 16 a few years ago and my new little guy is very different and I use all the resources I have available to me especially my vet. I care about his well-being. I want to encourage everyone to do their research though it is often likely to lead in opposing directions. You will do right by what you love by the very fact that you love. Be well and take care.</p>
<p>My dog would not eat these raw. I cooked at 350' for 15-20 minutes and now she loves them. </p>
<p>ps Actually I forgot that I also throw in some brewer's yeast, lecithin granules, and bone meal :-)</p>
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>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.
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.
I have a boxer 1 year old i want her to gain weight i feed her rite just not gaining weight
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
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.
<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 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)

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