Put Weight on Your Dog With "satin Balls"

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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

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).

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

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

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

Step 4: Freeze

Put the patties into bags and freeze them. Since they are served raw you need to thaw them individually when you are ready to serve them.

Step 5: Serve

Your dog will LOVE these, and you should see weight gain relatively shortly.

The only downside is that it's raw. I know that many people serve raw and I support that, but I can't but help but be paranoid about bacteria contamination. Particularly cause she takes extra special treats to her crate. So I wipe down the floor and her crate between feedings, and wash her bowl each day

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LoraW3

3 years ago

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)

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LoriM157LoraW3

Reply 8 weeks ago

If all that is true, the raw diet would actually be the absolute best thing for her. Dogs digestive tracts are short anyway, and DESIGNED for quicklt digesting raw meat and bones! The cooked hard and filler laiden commercial diets “hang” in the gut and most contain biologically unavailable nutrition anyway which means they are just pooping it out.

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NoenoeB

1 year ago

Aloha - Adding crushed eggshells may not be such a good idea as they contain Salmonella which comes from the chicken itself, most of which carry salmonella. I am prone to getting this disease and so wash my hands after handling an egg--it seems that the shell is the one contaminated but not what is inside the egg once it is cooked. So just to add a note of caution to the use of eggs and eggshells.

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LoriM157NoenoeB

Reply 8 weeks ago

1. This doesnt apply to pasturized eggs, only pature fresh ones. 2. Dogs short gi tracts and highly acidic stomcah contents are specially designed to combat and eradicate the kinds of bacterias that would make us very ill. Things like salmonella and ecoli arent a threat to dogs as they are with us. They’d encounter these kinds of bacterias every time they ate something they hunted if they hunted for their food still.

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MelodyS34

Question 7 months ago on Step 1

How many should you give a German Shepherd puppy a day??

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DebbieT79

Tip 8 months ago on Step 5

I had a dog with EPI, did very well on the powder. My only concern is if you think your dog does have a mal-absortion issue, I would stay away from cheap greasy meat(s). It definitely would cause a flare.

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BellaA22

1 year ago

I tried this for my rescued staffy, but I made my own twist to it which is more natural and healthy for the dog, he absolutely loved it and is a very picky eater, my ingredients are

Oats
Cerial
Egg
Gourmet dogfood
The smallest pinch of salt
And a very small can of cat food

You can make as much as you want with any amount but I remconnd putting in the smallest amount of car food as it is very high in protein.

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labp0925

1 year ago

I am so glad to find this recipe. I had a puppy, when I was much younger, that had parvo when we purchased him from a pet store. Our vet worked miracles and saved him. We brought him home with a couple of cans of food and a powder mix like Gatorade. The can food had rice, cottage cheese and lots of other stuff similar to this recipe. I now have a min pin that I rescued from five o'clock rush hour traffic. Once he settled in, we started working on the basics. Worming, ear mites, raw spots in hot spots. All was great, til he ate cat feces. It destroyed everything I had done. I started over and just can't get him to gain weight. I have tried everything but this. I have played with his diet and does better when I make his food. I do hope this will put his weight back on. Thank you and will let you know how it goes.

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levinski

Question 1 year ago on Step 5

do you put the egg shells into the mix?

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Kristieblu

2 years ago

I have a 8 month old pit bull female who became very sick Late in April, well took her to the vet she was having severe diarrhea and was losing weight daily. A stool test was taken and she had worms. So treated her for worms and her diarrhea, and she seemed to be doing a little better, but still losing weight. She had stopped eating and drinking and was dehydrated. I went to a 24 hr Animal Hospital, and that is where she had a full blood culture, had a blood transfusion, a liver test looking for a liver shunt, and blood work came back good except being dehydrated. She did well with the blood transfusion, she came home with an antibiotic, some medicine for Gi upset, and a prescription dog food for Gastroenteric by Purina. Well she has no more diarrhea, and she eats up to 4 times a day Only her dog food. She has not put on 1 signal pound and it hasn't even been a month. She is so skinny you can see every bone in her body. I also have a great pureness and he is just a big old puppy but he is huge and I'm afraid he will really hurt her, so I keep them separated when she has to use the restroom, or just to sun bath which she loves. I have called the vet several times in between and don't know what else we can do, nothing is showing up in any tests, but I have noticed that her gums are almost like they were when she was severely dehydrated. I have been giving her water by syringe every hour on the hour, with no changes, I have called the vet again and now just waiting for the doctors pow wow to be over. They are getting outside advice from another vet on what might be wrong. This has happened very sudden, I have had her since she was 7 weeks old, and she was a healthy little butter ball and had energy just like a puppy does, but now she has lost all that spunk and looks pitiful. I don't know what else to do, but I don't want her to suffer that is for sure, but sadly I think she is. Afraid to try anything that might upset her tummy and start the diarrhea all over again. I have done any and everything boil chicken and rice, chicken broth, honey. That was before her rx food, even was told to give her Pepcid by the vet and it worked for a short time. Feeling hopeless please help someone. I really don't want to say the d word but am I making it worse by keeping her alive to suffer, she acts so lifeless it breaks my heart, and I talk so softly to her cause I don't want to scare her, and she has my whole entire bed I have just a corner, its like having a newborn all over again, except she cant tell me whats wrong. I really can not take any rude comments, because she is under a vets care, I am an emotional wreck and cant take that right now.

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YvonneE12Kristieblu

Reply 1 year ago

This sounds like Addison's disease to me. My Dane/Mastiff mix had this disease and it requires steroids. Get her checked for this disease and prayers for her.

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DawnS143Kristieblu

Reply 2 years ago

I just saw your post and I hope she is better but if not, check out EPI. My German shepherd was not gaining any weight and had constant diarrhea. Her obedience trainer told me to have her checked for EPI. Most vets don't even recognize this issue. The website will tell you about gathering her stool and sending it to Texas A&M. It is the only place that test for this. It was $200 and at the time I couldn't afford that so I just bought the Enzymes for EPI. And it's been about 3 months and I can tell a big difference. The Enzymes are about $50. And completely worth it. Hope she gets better!!!

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RiverB1Kristieblu

Reply 2 years ago

Your dog should see a Gastro specialist (Canine). It sounds very much like a mal-absorption issue. An endoscope would show the condition of the gut and bowel.. Much better than just guessing whats wrong. I hope she gets well..

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LeilaT6Kristieblu

Reply 2 years ago

Kristie, have you had any improvement with your puppy?
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NormaH17

1 year ago

Hi, my Dog is highly allergic to any type of wheat. So can I leave the wheat germ out or substitute. It with something else ?

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TxTania

1 year ago

How much is too much? I have a Great Dane that is a year old, vet said she's fine, large breeds have a two year growth period, she's gaining weight, 130lbs, however, I can see her ribs!!! I can count them....... I do not like it, and her hair is shedding like crazy. Two bets said her blood work is fine, no worms, no GI problems. Just super skinny...... can I make the one tenth portion and feed it to her for breakfast everyday ?!?!
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DebbieF80TxTania

Reply 1 year ago

Cooked oatmeal mixed in her food will make her gain weight and also very good for her coat. I have a boxer that was under weight and itchy skin and oatmeal worked very good.

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KayPennTxTania

Reply 1 year ago

I have a 5 month old Mastiff and although he weighed 50lbs a month ago he is a very picky eater both dry and canned foods, he eats enough to get by so to speak... I started my own version of this and he has put on 10lbs in 3 weeks. I use 5lb roll of cheap hamburger bought at Walmart, 1pk unsalted crackers, 1 dozen lg. eggs crushed in shell and all, 2 packs cream cheese, 1 cup uncooked oats, 5oz Salmon Oil and 4 cups of his dry kibble ran through the blender to form a powder, And mix all these ingredients together like I am making a meatloaf. I measure mine out in a 1lb container and then wrap with foil but slightly mash down to form a patty. I keep two in the fridge at all times , if you feed one pull one from the freezer to replace it so you always have it unthawed for the 24 hr period. I feed it to him raw, one patty in the morning and one before bed and he gets dry kibble if he eats much of it throughout the day. He loves it, and if I have it when I make a batch I mix in chopped chicken thighs skin and all, and if you have a way to chop them up you can add the bone as well, uncooked bones are good for your dog its after they are cooked they splinter. My recipe is through trial and error but I guarantee your pup will eat it. If you want to mix things up a bit, lightly pan sear the patty to release flavors and smells but cook it rare. Once your dog starts to get where he should be weight wise, just give one 1lb patty a day to maintain but weigh often and dont let him get overweight. Good Luck

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DebraS30

3 years ago

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.