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My dog won’t gain any weight, what can I do?

This is a question we are asked on a continuous basis at Janry Pet Resort from pet parents who are concerned about the weight of their pups. Unless you have experienced a “picky eater” you would think that all dogs will eat just about anything that you drop on the floor.  Unfortunately for some parents this is the farthest thing from the truth.  The frustration that happens in this circumstance is so strong that many parents are spending a fortune just to see their pup eat and gain weight.  Everyone first thinks, “oh jeez, is my pet sick” so on to the vet we run, and “gulp” at the bill, frustration then hits when the vet says there is nothing wrong with your beloved family member. Strike 1.  Ok, next step, maybe they don’t like their food so we head to the pet store to see if we can find something that we think they might like.  Now if you are like me and you walk into the pet food aisle at your local pet store you feel immediately overwhelmed and want to run away.  Are there really this many types of dog food, aisles upon aisles, how do I make a decision, why are they so expensive, what if they won’t eat this dog food I just bought?  So I ask a clerk at the store and they point me in the direction of an expensive all natural dog food that they say is highly palatable and nutrient rich. Ok, don’t even get me started on reading those “guaranteed analysis” labels on the bag, I think you need a PHD to understand them. So I buy this 5lb bag for $25.00, “gulp” again, and head on home with hopefulness that they will eat it. Well guess what? Strike 2, my pup sniffed the bowl and turned away “Sorry mom not interested.” Ok should I go back to the store and try something else?  How many bags am I going to buy before I find food that my pup will like? And what if they only eat that food for a little while and I am back to scratch in a few weeks?  Tears! Then I was talking to someone at the dog park and they said that they add boiled chicken and rice to their dog’s food. Yaaaa new idea, my pup won’t be able to resist some yummy chicken and rice right? Right??? So here I go cooking for my pup and I figure I will just add it to their dog food since there is no way that it can fulfill all their nutritional requirements. Fingers Crossed!!! Nope still won’t eat, Ok that’s all right let’s just give the chicken and rice and that will kick start them into eating and then I can add the dog food.  Ok we have success!  We are eating, yaaaaaa, wait now we are walking away, noooooo!  Oh you stinker, you ate all the chicken and none of the rice!  Well I consider this a strike 3, I’m out!! Blahhhhhhhh!
Does this all sound familiar?  Unfortunately, this happens in so many households across the area, whether it is a new rescue pup, a pup that just has always been picky or a senior who has turned picky with age.  It has always been hard for us to give advice to our Janry Family when asked this question. Until now!!! 
 A little back story so that all the readers understand why this has become an even larger concern for us.  Occasionally we have owners who need to lodge their pup/s with us for an extended period of time. We are not talking about 3 – 4 weeks because we are traveling across Europe, I am talking about 6+ months.  Typically we see this with house hunters and the lengthy process it takes to finalize the purchase of a new home.  The majority of the time we have no problems and the pups acclimate to life with us at the resort, we currently have 3 pups that are having a more difficult time acclimating to life with us.  I will say that they are the sweetest dogs with us, it has taken us time but they have really opened up with us all and have become super luv-bugs!  Let’s call them Ivy, Brinley and Blue. Ivy is the mom, and she is a Great Dane, and her 2 pups are Brinley and Blue, they are 4 years old and are Great Dane x Mastiff’s.  When these pups were at their old home they weren’t exposed to a lot of other dogs and/or people besides family, because of this they are more reactive to other dogs in the lodging area.  This translates into more calories burned because they are always “on” just think of it like a light switch, you use more electricity when the switch is on which is why we are always saying “turn off that light”.  It works the same with dogs, If they are always up walking around, barking, jumping they are using more calories than the pup who is sleeping on their bed and just opens an eye to say “ya what do you want?” Because Ivy, Brinley and Blue were not exposed to a lot of different circumstances while growing up they want to tell you what they think about all the other dogs and the goings on at the Resort. So, while they do eat all their food, they are rapidly burning calories to the point that we could not feed them enough “safely” to keep them at their ideal weight.  So now, what do we do?  Well let’s turn to the internet and see what we can find.  This is when it comes in handy, if you have a Facebook account, to join groups or communities that are dog or breed specific.  Someone else out there is going through the same thing you are, you just need to find them!  I just happen to have remembered seeing a post, on Facebook a few months ago, about a Great Dane who was growing so fast he could not keep up nutritionally and was very skinny, mom was asking the community what she could do to help him during this time of rapid growth to be able to stay at a consistent body condition.  And I will say it took me a long time to go back and find that post but I did it, I found it!  Hooray!!  So once I read through all the comments it all seemed to come back to feeding a homemade additive called a Satin Ball, ok now what the gosh darn is a Satin Ball, help me Google!!!  Well I found them and boy did I find a lot of different recipes for Satin Balls, so I looked for 1 with ingredients that I thought were all healthy and that would be the most nutritious. I found 1 that I was happy with hit the print button and onward to Shoprite to get all the ingredients.  I was surprised that everything only cost me about $60 for a single batch following the recipe I had been printed. I headed back home rolled up my sleeves and got to work, now this made a big batch and so after starting in a bowl, moving into a 5 gallon bucket, I finally ended up mixing everything on a large garbage bag on my kitchen floor, lol that was fun!  Also make sure if you do make these you can skip your upper body day at the gym cause it is a workout!!  After I had everything mixed I rolled them into balls, hence Satin “balls”, put them in freezer bags and immediately froze them before taking them to the Resort to start our hopeful testing.
So long story short we started Ivy, Brinley and Blue on their new diet.  We are feeding them 4 times per day, we are doing this because it seems to keep them calmer than just feeding them 2 times per day, they are getting 2 cups of dry food and 1 Satin Ball per feeding.  Now this sounds like a lot of dry food but remember these are very large dogs who we are trying to put weight on.  Drumroll please!!!!!! We have been feeding them Satin Balls for 3 weeks now and in that time they have gained 8 – 12 pounds!!!  How amazing is that!!  The best part about these Satin Balls is that they are highly palatable and the dogs absolutely love them!!! We are so happy that we have found this recipe and just want to share our story of seeing the “proof in the pudding” along with the recipe with everyone.  We hope that if anyone reading this has a picky eater or knows of someone with a picky eater that you will give Satin Balls a try or pass along the recipe to help out some frustrated puppy parents!  If you have any questions you are free to give us a call at Janry Pet Resort – 908-479-6132.
Satin Balls
10 lbs. of the highest fat hamburger meat (we use a 73% meat 27%fat)
1 large Blue box of Total Cereal
1 large round canister of Oatmeal
1 15oz jar of Wheat Germ
10 envelopes of Knox Gelatin
10 eggs including egg shells
1 ¼ cups Unsulfured Molasses
1 ¼ cups Veg or Coconut Oil

You will want to mix everything together so that it is well mixed, this will take time and elbow grease. Experiment with how you mix it all together until you find what works best for you. My only hint at this point is to use you blended to mix the eggs and crush the egg shells into small pieces. Once your arms give out and you are done mixing roll the meat mixture into uniform size balls place into freezer bags and freeze until needed.  Because you are dealing with raw meat please take all precautions as you do when mixing and thawing as you do with your 2 legged family.  
Now I didn’t find a lot of information on the size of Satin Ball in comparison to dog sizes.  So you will need to experiment.  We are giving Ivy, Blue and Brinley a ball a tad smaller than a Baseball size but remember they get 4 of these a day and these are very big pups.  So you are more than welcome to use that as a starting point for what you give to your pup. 
We hope that you have found this interesting and useful and please do not hesitate to let us know what you think, ask us questions and/or share your success stories with us! Good Luck!!
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Itching, scratching, hotspots, allergies, arthritis, cancer, stress, low energy, cataracts, digestive problems, heart disease or tumors.... Does this sounds familiar, is your pup suffering from one or more of these health issues?  We would like to introduce you to NuVet Vitamins, these vitamins are probably one of the best things that you could ever do to build your dog's immune system, other than hugs, kisses and good food.  This is a company that we have been using for 15 years.It is  very inexpensive to give and the dogs love it.  You won't see a sign hanging around their necks saying "I take NuVet vitamins." It goes to work on whatever needs working on! And not only does it help existing problems but it also helps prevent health problems and builds a stronger immune system for your dog.  Please call us at 908-479-6132 for more information and so we can set up a direct shipment of the vitamins at a discount rate for your pet
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We would like to introduce Brenda, many people recognize her voice when calling Janry Pet Resort.  Brenda has 20 years in customer service. She loves talking with clients, reassuring them how valued they and their pets are to Janry and reaffirming they have chosen the absolute best in all areas of pet care.  We thank you, Brenda, from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the Janry Family for the past 11 years!!!
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