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My boy giacomo has always been on the thin side, he is very tall, taller than the average Doberman. He's not thin to the point where he's unhealthy he's just lanky. He gets plenty of food and is on a VERY healthy diet. We would like him to gain muscle but nothing we have tried has helped too much. He is always running around down at the barn and he gets plenty of exercise, he is a very healthy boy. Is there any exercises or snacks I can give him to encourage muscle gain? we have tried fattening snacks like peanut butter or oatmeal with yogurt and they've helped him gain a little weight but not much muscle. He needs to gain muscle most in the chest area, is there any exercise that will help that?

 

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How old is he?

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He is turning 3 in a month

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Could be that's just his body type. Was he neutered young? Males neutered young often grow tall and "lanky".What did his parents look like?

If your vet has given him a thorough health check, if he's happy, energetic, good stools, good appetite, gets enough exercise, etc he probably is just who he is.

 

 

I may just be his body type - and like CRDobe said, neutering young can have some effect on growth. 

The first thing I would do is have a full vet exam with bloodwork - including thyroid. Test for worms as well. 

There are weight gain stratagies out there - one is called satin balls: I've never made them so don't have the specifics - but here is a link.

http://www.holisticdog.org/Nutrition/Satinballs/satinballs2.html

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My seven year old girl Lola, just had all her senior blood work done and is in seemingly good, overall health. My concern is she has started losing some weight and is asking for food too often. Before I run back to the vet and spend another 500.00, has anyone else experienced this with an older Dobie? She's still extremely active and happy, trouble in one hip, but is well in every other respect. Any advise before I take her back to the vet?

What are you feeding her, how much, and how often? Senior Dobermans usually eat less, but there could be many reasons for weight loss - health issue, bad teeth, change of diet, time of year, ect....

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Thank you for your quick response!

She only eats Fromm White fish and potato, 1 cup twice daily. There is nothing new in her diet, she has been on Fromm since she was a puppy. She had her senior blood work and check up in September, fit as a fiddle, her vet also commented how nice her teeth are. At that appointment, she was a steady 80lbs. I did take her for a weigh in today and she's down to 74lbs, appointment tomorrow, stool sample in hand. Hoping for a simple answer.