Casey: How can I get my Siberian Husky to put on weight?
My 11-month-old Siberian Husky looks skinny and underweight. I've had her since she was a pup and she never eats much. She will nibble a little bit then leave and come back to her food later. I am somewhat worried that she isn't eating enough, she is very bony around her hips and her spine is quite pronounced.
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Answer by Brandon
I have the same issue with my 5-year-old male husky. I have been wondering the same thing for years with him. Just doesn't put on weight.
He is healthy in other aspects. He Plays, runs, very playful with my two kids. He just loves my kids. I couldn't have asked for a better dog beside the hair issue. I knew getting a Husky that was an issue. No big deal there. But how skinny he is. I have asked my vet on a few checkups what I could do about his weight. They recommended a high-protein diet.
One thing that the vet did tell me that I had no idea about was. "Not all dogs are the same. In some ways like people. Some have a little bit higher metabolism than other dogs of their bred". I had no idea about that. She did say he was underweight though. But not to worry that much. Just keep an eye on it. The vet didn't really have an answer about his spine. Now I have read J'sHuSkY's comment. I now know. And I am a little more relaxed about it.
Answer by Cheril Hernandez
Try the weight gainer. I've been using it for two weeks and I can see a big difference. Great stuff Formula Mass Weight Gainer for Dogs
Answer by white tigeress
This is typical of Huskies, they are bred to eat little. They are high energy and are always moving this just burns more. Barring if she doesn't have worms Eukanba is what we feed our Huskies. I have one male that just will not bulk up. no worms, I bought a bottle of gravy and added it to his dry food only about a cup twice a day. He finally put on weight.
Answer by Doodad
That is correct. Huskies, unlike other dogs, eat when hungry. They will return down steak if not hungry. I've had 54 counting litters. Check for worms then relax. Wouldn't you love to have the ability to turn down even sweets when you weren't hungry? If health is good. The activity is good. Don’t worry. It's the breed. The only one I've ever known to not eat any and everything. Another husky joy.
Answer by J'sHuSkY
So many people ask how to help a Siberian Husky to gain weight.
You have a poorly bred dog. Don't worry I have two. Both rescues.
This is VERY common with Siberians. They look like they have a hollow area between their last rib and their hip bones and yes you can feel their vertebrae. If you can't see their ribs and the vet has ruled out a possible health problem, you'll just need to wait it out.
It sucks having to deal with all the criticizing looks and comments about your dog being too skinny. They usually fill out around 2-4 yrs of age. Is your dog spayed? This will add a couple of pounds.
With the amount of energy, this breed has its no wonder, they have a hard time keeping weight on. Look into a high-calorie diet. Maybe feed her puppy food.
You also said she doesn't eat much. This is also true with the breed. It's summer they're hot and they were bred to go a long time without eating.
Take her to your vet, make sure nothing is medically wrong with her, and sit back and chill. That's all you can do.
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