How To Fatten Up A Dog?

Are you concerned about the continuous falling physique of your dog? Is he getting thinner and thinner everyday? If the answer is yes, then you might be the one who is responsible for his plight. The repeated loss in physique can occur due to a multiplicity of causes.

These range from poor eating habits to severe diseases like diarrhea. Here we will take you through a complete guide on fattening up your dog and making him much stronger all through basic and general changes in his daily routine.

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So, first of all, to fatten up your dog, you need to track his daily routine and analyze the possible cause of this problem. Think of some probable causes that might be responsible for this condition.

For example, a bitch who is feeding her growing puppies is destined to get thin during this period. She will regain her health once her body adapts to it. If this is not your case, then you need to analyze the overall health of your dog.​

Your dog might be suffering from some disease. Check for the following symptoms in your dog:​

  • Is he eating an adequate meal?
  • Does he have a little appetite?
  • Is he often tired and lacks in energy?
  • Does he vomit?

If you can easily see one of the above symptoms in your dog, then probably he is suffering from some ailment, and you must consult a veterinarian as soon as possible for a check-up. But if you haven’t found any of such symptoms then it may just be due to some calorie deficit. Let’s learn how to control it.

Calorie Surplus Technique

Take these following steps to ascertain if your dog is underweight:

  • Compare his weight with the average weight of other members of his breed. Plan accordingly that how much you want your dog to fatten up.
  • Find out what is the ideal calorie per meal requirements of your dog. For this, you can check your dog’s ideal weight with the recommended feeding amount on the food packing.
  • Now compare it with what you are feeding him. This difference is his calorie deficit which you need to cope up with.
  • Now calculate how many servings you will increase in your dog’s diet. It usually depends on the weight you want him to hit.
  • Remember that do not change his meal drastically at once this would lead to over-eating and vomiting in your dog. Increase his servings gradually

Transform His Diet

Sometimes it’s not the lack of food that makes your dog underweight, but the culprit is the type of food you feed him. The standard pedigree may not be enough for your dog to achieve a bulky outlook. You might need some significant transitions in his daily meals some of the additions that can be made are:

Feed Him With High Energy Dog Food

High energy dog food means the food with a higher number of calories alongside easy digestion. This kind of food will help your dog gaining some additional pounds for sure. Some excellent high energy dog foods are:

Try To Seek Out Some Homemade Recipes Of Dog Food

Pets usually are no less than a family member so why doesn’t feed them with the homemade food. Feeding your dog with homemade recipes would give him a change of taste and can make him more interested towards food.

This would gradually increase his appetite which would help you to achieve your goal of fattening him up. But remember to get approval from your vet before you feed anything new to your dog. Some great homemade recipes for dogs are:

Add Vitamin-B To His Diet: Vitamin B Is A Great Natural Muscle Gainer

You can feed your dog with vitamin B-12. Raw eggs and liver can be some excellent sources of vitamin B-12 for your dog. Try to feed him with chicken’s liver two-three times a week.

Try To Shuffle His Meals A Bit And Add A Variety

No one likes to eat the same monotonous food recipe every single day. Dogs too want some variety in their diet. By variety we mean to simply change his wet food to dry food or vice versa once in some time.

Try to provide your dog with some high-quality dog food of a reputed and tested brand. Brand of the food you choose for your dog affects the health of your dog by a high margin.


Well, if both the above methods failed to do the trick then your dog may require some additional supplements too. These supplements include vitamin-B, carbs, fats, and proteins.

Supplements would help the overall metabolism of your dog which would make his immune system much stronger, and this will also increase his appetite.

There are a lot of B-complex Vitamins available in the market, but make sure that you choose the right one for your dog and feed him with such vitamins in the right amount.

However, there is another option for the ones who just don’t want to get such remedies at home. You can visit a Vet and get your dog a dose of Vitamin B compound. Your Veterinarian will undoubtedly guide you at each step and explain you the course of this regime.


Apart from the above situations sometimes all this might be occurring due to worms in your dog’s stomach. Worms are those unwanted and unpleasant creatures that are responsible for the ill health of your dog.

These worms tend to secrete energy from the food which is digested by your dog. Every dog must be dewormed using some de-wormer medication after some time. This time could vary depending on the breed and immune system of your dog.

Many people aspire of a fat and voluminous dog that they could obviously flaunt off in front of their friends. So these tips would surely help your dog in gaining fat.​ But remember it’s never going to be overnight the process would be gradual, and it requires effort on your part. All the best and let the weight gain regime begin.


Hello there, I am an animal lover, especially of dogs. I have over two years experience of working and taking care of dogs in animal protection society. What I look forward to my share is useful to you, because I know you also love dogs. If you interested in my article, please share it with everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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