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Which is better to put the weight on a dog? Grain free or grainy? I mean, lets say an emaciated dog is starting to put weight back on slowly, and you want to give said dog the best food formulation to add weight?

I thought it was gain free stuff but I might be wrong. And you can skip the whole "as long as it's eating" or "just feed him as much as you are supposed to" lecture because thats pretty obvious.

Thanks, this isn't for my dogs. I just need to know because I am a pet store employee and I learn a lot from you guys. Opinions and subjective matter, I end up researching a lot of what you guys say and I am impressed. I want to give my customers the best advice!
 

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When looking on bag of the fat content you want to know what breed/what size s/he has. It would be depends on the dog. For example Frankie is 18lbs he needs at least 7-12% fat content for Mini Schnauzers, Johnnie who is Beagle/Lab Mix at 40lbs at least probably tad higher 12-18% fat content it is really depends

Beagles & Miniature Schnauzers are most highly to gain weight & are also prone to pancreatitis so you must be careful of what food you're suggesting, it also all depends how much portion size the owner feeds the dog addition how many times a day the dog is given treats?

Blue Wilderness
Wellness Core (grain free)
EVO
Innova
Eagle Pack Holistic Select

Look at the fat content when going onto the sites for human grade quality dog food
 

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Well seeing as how the grain free foods seem to be more dense in calories per cup (which is why you feed less usually), I would think the grain free if you just feed more of it like you were saying.
 

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I actually think that corn tends to put weight on a dog. Just think how many fat dogs you see that eat store-brand dog foods. Not that I recommend feeding store-brand, even temporarily to put weight on---those dogs are also unhealthy and have terrible coats. But a decent food with whole-grain corn would probably put weight on faster than a grain-free food. Or you could feed your dog satin balls. That'll do it! :p
 

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I tend to like grainfree for my dogs; that being said, my obese sheltie lost 18lbs in one year, eating Wellness Core reduced fat. If I had an underweight dog and I wanted to feed grainfree, I would choose a grainfree with moderate carbs, not one of the low carb ones. If you go to the dog food project, there is a very helpful list there of which grainfrees are low carb or moderate carb.
 

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If they're willing to cook for their dog ....

Pasta will do it!...No sauce though--that will only give the dog gas --

Mix it with Chicken or Beef Broth so it doesn't get sticky:)
 

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I have never researched this for dogs, but with wildlife rescue and exotic birds we always added peanut butter to whatever they were eating and it put weight on them fast! But as far as grain or no grain, grain is higher in carbs and calories which puts weight on people :D !!!
 

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But as far as grain or no grain, grain is higher in carbs and calories which puts weight on people :D !!!
Dogs and people are different species and their bodies work differently. They don't handle carbs in the same way. Dogs have no dietary need for carbs and have great difficulty utilizing them.
 

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Agreed. Grains and carbs will put FAT on a dog. Protein from meat will put muscle and bone on a dog. I would vote for the latter. ;)
 
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