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Hello, I am new to the forum but thought that you might could help me. I do dog rescues, usually chihuahuas, but have done shelties, beagles, etc. Friday night, I guess, someone put out a bulldog (boxer I think from looking at pictures). He is in bad shape. Emanciapted, skin and bones. Was not able to eat hard dog food--only canned food. His "snout" appears crooked like it may have been broken at some time. (Maybe recently and that is why he cannot eat hard food) I am going to nurse him back to health but would appreciate anyone's input on putting weight back on him quickly. I am currently giving him vitamin and mineral supplements but still would appreciate ALL input. He does not seem to be aggressive at all. Even in his starving condition, I can talk to him, touch him, move his bowl, etc. while he is eating. He didn't even chase the cats and moved for them to eat. Could anyone tell me how his temprament will be? Right now, I am excited to see what he will turn out like. I was wondering if maybe he would be a good dog to start running with me? I will be happy to email pictures to someone a lot more educated on the bulldog breeds to see if I am correct with my assumption that he is a boxer. Any input IS appreciated. He also will be going to the vet soon to be nuetered, but I really want to put some weight on him first. One more thing, he appears to have some arthritis in his hips at this time. I was wondering if anyone has information on anything else as a supplement for this? Thanks for reading and thanks for your input and time!!! :lol:
 

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Re: Recently found a bulldog, emanaciated, need to put weigh

georgiadaisy said:
Hello, I am new to the forum but thought that you might could help me. I do dog rescues, usually chihuahuas, but have done shelties, beagles, etc. Friday night, I guess, someone put out a bulldog (boxer I think from looking at pictures). He is in bad shape. Emanciapted, skin and bones. Was not able to eat hard dog food--only canned food. His "snout" appears crooked like it may have been broken at some time. (Maybe recently and that is why he cannot eat hard food) I am going to nurse him back to health but would appreciate anyone's input on putting weight back on him quickly. I am currently giving him vitamin and mineral supplements but still would appreciate ALL input. He does not seem to be aggressive at all. Even in his starving condition, I can talk to him, touch him, move his bowl, etc. while he is eating. He didn't even chase the cats and moved for them to eat. Could anyone tell me how his temprament will be? Right now, I am excited to see what he will turn out like. I was wondering if maybe he would be a good dog to start running with me? I will be happy to email pictures to someone a lot more educated on the bulldog breeds to see if I am correct with my assumption that he is a boxer. Any input IS appreciated. He also will be going to the vet soon to be nuetered, but I really want to put some weight on him first. One more thing, he appears to have some arthritis in his hips at this time. I was wondering if anyone has information on anything else as a supplement for this? Thanks for reading and thanks for your input and time!!! :lol:
Welcome! Can you post some pictures of him to the board?

I don't know what would put weight on him quickly, other than continued feeding of him. Give him some ground beef and rice, that's always a favorite.
 

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I wouldn't try to put weight on him too quickly. His system may not be able to handle too much too soon.
 

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The guy at my local independant dog food store says that beaver meat is great for putting on some weight. Our Gunnar was a little on the skinny side and we gave him a bit and it seemed to help out. I'll try and find the manufacturer.
 

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I wouldn't try to put weight on him too quickly. His system may not be able to handle too much too soon.
Definately, go slow. It can make a dog pretty sick to be given too much at once. If you feed him regularly he'll regain his weight in about a month.
 

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Yes, I agree...put the weight on slowly...my recent rescue is pretty thin too...but I'm feeding her what I think will be her maintenance amount will be...it's been 10 days and you can still see her ribs, but she's starting to fill in ...looking much better...

...and I also agree...if she's arthritic, she shouldn't be running more than what she wants to do on her own...but long walks would likely be beneficial unless she's severely arthritic...
 
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