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We have a female 18 month old Weimaraner that we did not notice was that skinny until someone said something to us over the holidays. I will take her to the vet but wanted to get opinions on the forums first. She is eating Taste of the Wild adult food and transitioned from puppy food to adult food at 12-13 months. The recommended feeding is 3 3/4 cups a day and she is getting roughly 5 cups a day and is still eating 3 times a day. We are trying to figure out what we could do to put some weight on her. I have attached 2 pictures of her, one from the side and one from the top. She is very energetic and a very obedient dog and we have not noticed any change in her temperament. We have raised several dogs from puppies so we are not inexperienced but were not sure if this was normal for weimeraners, we have mainly raised huskies.
 

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Weimaraners are definitely a more lean slender breed but she does look a little bit thin. Taste of the Wild isn't a very nutrient dense food for a very active slim dog. I would feed something with more fat and calories per kg so you are not trying to get her to eat huge amounts of food. Something like Annamaet Ultra is a good one for super active lean dogs.
 

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Weimaraners are definitely a more lean slender breed but she does look a little bit thin. Taste of the Wild isn't a very nutrient dense food for a very active slim dog. I would feed something with more fat and calories per kg so you are not trying to get her to eat huge amounts of food. Something like Annamaet Ultra is a good one for super active lean dogs.
The taste of the wild I am feeding is 32% Protein 18% Crude Fat, Annamaet Ultra is 32% Protein and 20% Fat so I am confused on why I would need to switch? I am not questioning you or anything I am merely just curious.
 

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Not sure which formula you are feeding as they have many, but last I checked out Taste of the Wild the calories were around 3,600 per kg whereas the Ultra is over 4,000 calories per kg. It can be any brand, doesn’t matter, was just using one I was familiar with as an example. For active hard to keep weight on dogs, I never have any success feeding foods with less than 4,000 per kg without having to stuff the dog. I’m sure there are even higher calorie brands out there but I am in the Netherlands so most brands I know are not available in the US.
 

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I like a lean dog, but she is definitely too thin, with all the ribs, as well a hip hones and spinal bumps, showing. Assuming that the vet check doesn't show any metabolic issues, then the suggestion of switching to a more calorie dense food is a good one. I know a lot of people don't like Pro Plan, but I do, so I would suggest that you check out some of their formulas.
 

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Not sure which formula you are feeding as they have many, but last I checked out Taste of the Wild the calories were around 3,600 per kg whereas the Ultra is over 4,000 calories per kg. It can be any brand, doesn’t matter, was just using one I was familiar with as an example. For active hard to keep weight on dogs, I never have any success feeding foods with less than 4,000 per kg without having to stuff the dog. I’m sure there are even higher calorie brands out there but I am in the Netherlands so most brands I know are not available in the US.
I understand now, you are looking at per KG, where I was just looking at the protein and fat. I will switch to a higher per KG food gradually. Thank you again for your advice and help.
 

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I like a lean dog, but she is definitely too thin, with all the ribs, as well a hip hones and spinal bumps, showing. Assuming that the vet check doesn't show any metabolic issues, then the suggestion of switching to a more calorie dense food is a good one. I know a lot of people don't like Pro Plan, but I do, so I would suggest that you check out some of their formulas.
Thank you, I am going to switch to Pro Plan Sport as it has a higher per KG.
 

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We have a female 18 month old Weimaraner that we did not notice was that skinny until someone said something to us over the holidays. I will take her to the vet but wanted to get opinions on the forums first. She is eating Taste of the Wild adult food and transitioned from puppy food to adult food at 12-13 months. The recommended feeding is 3 3/4 cups a day and she is getting roughly 5 cups a day and is still eating 3 times a day. We are trying to figure out what we could do to put some weight on her. I have attached 2 pictures of her, one from the side and one from the top. She is very energetic and a very obedient dog and we have not noticed any change in her temperament. We have raised several dogs from puppies so we are not inexperienced but were not sure if this was normal for weimeraners, we have mainly raised huskies.
Hi, Change dogs food, TOTW is made by Diamond not the best dry kibble to feed a growing dog, very high in Toxins, Heavy Metals & Contaminates, go onto Consumer Affairs site & read ALL The complaints TOTW...
also start adding some FRESH ingredients, meat etc with her NEW dry diet as well.
Look for a dry kibble that's high in Kcals over 370 Kcals per cup.
"Canidae" is pretty good for dogs who need to gain weight, look at the Canidae Pure Duck & Sweet Potato or Pure Salmon & Sweet Potato - https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products
"Wellness Core Large Breed Adult" is also very good if dog needs to gain weight - https://www.wellnesspetfood.com/natural-dog-food/product-catalog/core-large-breed-large-breed
 
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