How to Make My Pitbull Puppy Gain Weight

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When your Pitbull is a growing puppy, it’s important to make sure that he has enough nourishment for his body to grow; after all – inadequate nutrition can cause stunted growth and even poor neurological development.

Consider for a moment that the food he eats is the building blocks for building his strong body, and think about whether your pup getting what he needs to be the healthiest and strongest that he can be?

There are a number of reasons that your pup may need to put on some weight, perhaps he was one of the smaller pups in the litter, or if you rescued your pup – he might not have had the best start in life.

Overfeeding and Overweight

While it’s important to make sure that your dog isn’t suffering from being underweight, it’s just as important to make sure that you don’t overfeed them and cause them to become overweight.

Where being skinny can cause the body to not develop properly, an overweight puppy can have a whole herd of medical problems, including:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Joint Damage
  • Heart Disease
  • Overheating
  • Poor Liver Function

And, of course, when a pup is so overweight that he gets out of breath easily, his quality of life is diminished as play isn’t easy for him.

Good Nutrition

It’s important to know the nutritional requirements of your puppy so that you’re not just feeding him anything to make him gain weight, but you’re feeding him the right things to gain weight.

When bodybuilders want to gain weight, you don’t see them stuffing their faces with donuts!

Nope, they eat nutritionally dense food, they just increase the quantity that they consume!

Shop Bought Food

As Pitbulls are prone to autoimmune conditions, allergies, and skin problems – it’s important to buy food that is as natural and nutrient-dense as possible.

Ideally, you’ll want to find food free from or low in grain and carbs, high in protein, and high in animal fats.

Homemade Food

Many owners prefer to make their dog’s food at home so that they know exactly what they’re putting into their four-legged friend’s bods.

A couple of great recipes specifically for Pitbull Puppy weight gain are:

1. Big Boy Meatballs

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 lbs ground raw meat of your choice
  • 5 cups of oats
  • 2 cups of ground flax seed
  • ¾ cup of oil of your choice
  • ½ cup of agave nectar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 10 teaspoons of Agar Agar
  • 4 tablespoons of puppy protein powder of your choice

What To Do:

  • Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly
  • Roll into meatballs and place onto a baking sheet with baking paper
  • Place tray into freezer
  • Transfer frozen balls into freezer bags and keep in the freezer

How To Feed:

  • Feed raw or cooked
  • Crumble frozen meatball over food
  • Combine crumbled ball with a small amount of warm water to defrost if your pup doesn’t like cold food

2. Puppy Protein Egg Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 soft boiled eggs
  • 1 lb of ground raw meat
  • 1 can of tinned boneless fish
  • 1-pint whole fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

What To Do:

  • Add olive oil and ground flaxseed to cottage cheese
  • Mix cottage cheese and raw meat together thoroughly
  • Break up soft boiled eggs making sure to use all yolk
  • Finish by adding can of tinned fish
  • Best to keep refrigerated and add a few tablespoons to meals every few hours

How To Feed:

  • Make fresh and feed raw
  • Feed by mixing with your pup’s regular dog food
  • If your puppy is used to this mixture, you may feed a few spoonfuls without dry food as snacks

3. Scooby Snacks

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons puppy protein powder

What To Do:

  • Combine dry ingredients
  • Mix in wet ingredients thoroughly
  • Preheat oven to 320 degrees
  • Pour mixture into a greased baking pan
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly before cutting
  • Cut into squares and let cool fully
  • Place cooled scooby snacks into a cookie jar to keep fresh

How To Feed:

  • A great treat to use during obedience training
  • Set an alarm on your phone and feed a few treats throughout the day
  • Take with you on a hike so that your dog can have a picnic too!

Changing Diet

Now that you’ve decided to change your puppy’s diet to increase his weight, it’s important to do this slowly to avoid digestive problems.

When introducing a new dog food, it’s best to do this in 25% increments on a daily basis, meaning that on the first day with a new food – your dog will have 75% of his regular food with 25% of new food.

If you’re introducing homemade food, or homemade treats/bulkers you should be fine to include this into your dog’s food as long as you keep it to under 25% of the total meal.

If your pooch does get an upset tummy or looks under the weather, decrease the amount of new food he’s getting and take it slowly to build up his tolerance for the new food.

Likely his new food will be much richer.

Muscle Vs. Fat

You don’t want to just sit your puppy in the corner and try to make him fat.

In order to bulk up in a healthy way, he needs to be eating more, and exercising more too.

It may seem counterintuitive to give him more exercise when you want him to gain weight, but gaining muscle is just as important as gaining fat – and by keeping your pup active, he’ll feel better and have an increased appetite too!

Other Reasons For Being Underweight

If you think that you’re doing everything right nutritionally, but still, your puppy is underweight, it’s best to take him to your veterinarian for a checkup, as there are many illness’ and conditions with symptoms of weight loss, including:

Intestinal Parasites:

The bane of most dog owners lives at one point or another.

Puppies are highly susceptible to contracting internal parasites, and, in fact, roundworm is often contracted before birth or from nursing from an infected mother.

It’s not always clear that the mother is infected as the larvae of the roundworm often lay dormant until the bitch is in pup, and at that point they make a hasty attack on your poor defenseless pup.

Symptoms Include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Distended Abdomen
  • Dull Coat
  • Coughing or Wheezing

Parvovirus:

This highly contagious viral disease is very common in young dogs and puppies, and treatment involves aggressive supportive care as no drugs are yet available to kill the virus itself.

Parvovirus is a devilishly tricky little blighter and can be passed on by coming into contact with an infected animal – or an object that an infected canine has come into contact with; this includes dog bowls, beds, and chew toys.

The virus can survive for months on inanimate objects and many common disinfectants won’t kill off the parvo bacteria, for that reason, it’s easy for pups to pick this up from their local dog parks if they haven’t been vaccinated against this horrid ailment.

Final Thoughts

Making your Pitbull gain weight is easy if you know how!

Taking it slow and feeding highly nutritious and delicious food is the key to doing it properly.

If you want to do the best for your pooch and be the very best owner you can be, then you won’t mind putting that little bit of extra work in for the joy that a healthy and happy dog can bring!

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