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Hello doberman parents!

It has been quite a while since I've logged onto this website.  I had conversed with quite a number of you about our red doberman's "head tremors".  Elias' tremors have receded substantially.  He still experiences one every so often - maybe once a month - but nothing like he was.

I have a couple of other concerns and I am hoping that someone can help with answers.  Elias will be two years old this July.  We feed our boys Earthborn Holistic dry food, and once a week they get a tablespoon of yogurt, and on Saturday nights a tablespoon of stew - also made by Earthborn.  Elias eats 2 and a half cups of food in the morning and 3 cups at night.  He is on the thin side.  Our vet suggested giving him more food, but when I do that his stool gets soft.  I'm thinking his system can only take so much food.

Is there a food supplement that we could try to put weight on him?  He's maintaining his weight but he could stand to put some pounds on.

The other issue I have is most nights he will not eat for me.  He will wait until my husband gets home and then he eats for him!!!  Mornings are no problem - he eats right away.  But, for some reason, at night he refuses to eat for me.  Any thoughts?

Everyone's suggestions and input are most appreciated.

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So strange Donna that you mentioned that.. Sofia has been doing the same thing.. off her feed for several days unless Mike hand feeds her.. ( I mean she's taking this Diva thing to the ultimate level.) Mike likes to spoil..but I will set her food down and give her ten mins to either eat it .. or not.

.I've always been of a mind that if they're hungry they'll eat..as long as there's no other underlying reasons for loss of appetite.

  We do add green beans as a filler upper.. but it doesn't put weight on and fat causes gastritis.. I do give her honey ( about a tablespoon at lunch and dinner) that adds a lot of calories and needed energy.. plus we get local honey which has amazing properties for any allergies..

Let us know if you get other suggestions..

Smooches to the pooches..

 

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Katie!!!   Always to my rescue.  Love you girl.

Thank you for the advice.  Perhaps I'll try a bit of honey tonight!

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Donna.. I woke up this morning thinking about the honey suggestion.. Please check with your vet before adding any supplements... honey should be okay.. but it DOES add a lot of energy.... Bella is not allowed to even SNIFF it.. lol

 

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I did try honey - Elias won't have any of it!   Doesn't like it.

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Satin balls are good for weight gain. Theres a few recipes on Google and yes you feed it raw, no it won't do anything bad.