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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
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Step 1: Gather indgredients

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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).

Step 2: Mix the ingredients

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Mix everything together in a big bowl. I recommend putting the dry ingredients first, then the oils, then the egg, then the meat. That way you don't have to wash your hands in between ingredients

Step 3: Form patties

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You can form them into balls like the name suggests. I prefer patties though because they are easier to stack in the freezer that way.

How much you put in each serving really depends on your individual dog... I made 14 patties out of the smaller portion recipe
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Never mind. I figured it out. Could you tell I don't cook often or at all? Hehe. Fingers crossed that this works!
Hi my 16 yr old dog is fur and bones and so I found this recipe to put some more meat on her body and I am making it right now but I have a question. Is it one 1/2 cup and one 1/3 cup of the ingredients or it is 1 1/2 cups and 1 1/3 cups of the ingredients???? Please someone respond soon.

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Yes, defrost them first. We usually prepare a batch and freeze; then put 2 in a ziplock into the fridge the night before, in the morning they are ready . Our boxer has gained 8 pounds in 2 months, she was all bones when we rescued her, now she is nice and round, ribs are now showing at all and coat is very shiny. That is in addition to homemade meal, no kibbles - no bad breath, no flatulence :)

AlyxB18 days ago

I let this defrost first then feed to him right?

questions im from the philippines and i have a miniature schnauzer. I lost him for 3 days and with gods help. I got him back. But unfortunately he lost over 3 pounds. He was a healty 8 pound puppy but now he is only 5 pounds i need this recipe to work but i dont know what wheat germ is and mollases? What are these? And if i cant find them here in the ph what can i substitute? Help please ive been feeding my dog expensive food for over 3 weeks now and he is still really thin.
do i use egg shell and how ?

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.

break the egg shell up and add to the mixture

RomaLynn1 month ago

hi I made this for our senior pit bull who all of a sudden started dropping weight ~ too soon to tell of any results yet. How much can I feed him? Like 3 cups 3 x a day or as much as he wants? replace his regular food all together? Can he gain weight too fast? Thank you

Just put them in the freezer! My RAW fed boxer has been dropping weight due to the cold the past month, hoping to put some pounds on her to help with her shivering while she's at our barn. I'll update in a couple weeks with progress!

A thin shivering Boxer out in the cold barn... that is sad =( months ago

I have Shih Tzu and my smallest one has always been on the thin side. She's vetted and is healthy so I'm going to try this out.

I have two dogs that have been losing weight. They are 12 & 10 yrs old. I have been feeding them the same kibble for the past 10 yrs. I changed the kibble to one they both liked when my 10yr. old became part of our household. We moved near a wheat mill operation and since then, my 10yr. old has been chewing her hair off the back by her tail. I believe she may be allergic to the wheat. There where times before the move she seemed to have this issue, but I didn't think it was the food because she would stop itching and was still eating the same food. Now, it is an on going issue and she causes herself to bleed. I spoke with the vet and they placed her on medication that caused her to pee everywhere. She still eats the food, because I can't find anything else she will eat. My 12yr old has had two tumors and I believe this is the cause of his weight loss. I plan to try this minus the wheat for my Roxy. Should I minus the wheat for Beethoven or is the wheat an important nutrition?

Kwanita1 year ago

Do I have this right we are to serve this RAW???

Dogs have a digestive tract highly evolved to eat raw food. If you cook these, some of the fats in the meat will cook out, making then less efficient.

yes, raw.

kat.kruger.142 months ago

I've been researching all the ingredients in here just going down the list, and so far everything is good except im not sure if molasses is okay. The molasses I have is all natural so im not worried about that, but it has a lot of sugar. Is molasses okay or should I take it out?

Leave the molasses in. Sugar simulates hunger, and the molasses has a good deal of calcium and trace minerals.
Is the oatmeal the 1 minute kind?

my vet is dead set against feeding dogs raw meat

Yeah, sounds like your vet is not very versed on nutrition! How many times have you seen a can of food with legs or a giant walking kibble?

get a new vet

Well, your vet may have his reasons, but ask him how many wild animals 'fire up the BBQ' to cook their meals? We feed animals based on our own tastes and tolerances... which is ridiculous, given the 'state of nature' diet they survived and evolved on for millions of years. Dogs are 'meat eating carnivores'... plain & simple. The Vet may be worried about parasites...a valid concern. You'll have to weigh the benefit (higher nutrition value by far) of raw, versus cooked...

d.r.hami4 months ago
For the knox gelatin, is it just one of the four packets inside the box or is it the entire box?

Just one of the packets! :)

Thats for the small batch right o.o

I was referring to the small batch, yes.

lol thank god because I made the big batch and used 10 envelopes...I was freaking out thinking my dog was gonna be sick


dergdoom2 years ago
i have a 4 months old husky and cant get a food to agree with him he has diarrhea all the time any ideas

I tried the chicken and rice on my dog and it made it worse for some reason...mine had upset tummy for 3 weeks off and on until I put him on a sensitive formula then it cleared right up within a day

Also, try a bland diet at first. Cooked rice, brown is best, mixed with cooked ground chicken. Just have to say it because i know someone who didn't...make aure the mixture ks at room temp or even cold. Do not give hot food to your dog
He could have an allergy to corn or wheat. Looks for foods withoit them. Also, the diarrhea may be a problem. Bring a fresh sample to your vet to be tested for parasites, including Giardia.
My dog had the same issue and when I first got him as a rescue and have been gradually trying different foods until I found one that worked for him. The one thing that helped when I was switching him over from one food to another was giving him cooked rice. Not a lot about a half cup to 1 cup when he was 50lbs. If your dog does not want to eat it you can add a little peanut butter or a cooked egg. I would add just enough peanut butter to hold it togeather and put it into one of his bones or kongs. It would help.
marilynn.dye23 months ago

We live in a small trailer court and there are small puppies that are undernourished and grossly thin that wander in our yard. We got extra dog care products we are donate to the ASPCA and other charities. We love animals. This recipe is really going to help the thin puppies survive the winter. Hopefully, the owners will take better care of them. We are going to keep providing food for them and report them to the local vet for help or local pet shelter. Thank You

chiann19734 months ago
Are these made to eat frozen, or are they just put in the freezer for storage?

thaw it frozen food will hurt a dogs teeth

DNeaSmith4 months ago

Has anyone ever used this with a dog that has Megaesophagus? We have a Great Dane who is horribly under weight due to having Megaesophagus and I want to try this, but am curious if it will cause more regurge issues. Thanks in advance!

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