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Our basset Mazy is a shelter rescue and was under weight when we got her. Our vet says she is around 4yrs old and she was already spayed before we adopted. We have tried different foods and diets,but it seems that she just won't put on any weight she has heart worms and is on treatment. We have 2 other basset hounds that are fat and healty. If you can give me any advice as to how to put weight on her we would really appriciate it.:confused:
 

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I am having to Fatten up my Momma dog Belle because she just had thirteen puppys two weeks ago. The vet has her on Scince diet dry and wet puppy food mixed with a table spoon of cottage cheese. The cottage Cheese is for added calcium. I hope this helps. Oh and we live in Texas so you might check but if you buy the food from your vet it is cheaper and their is no tax at vet because it is considered prescription.
 

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that are fat and healty.
The two are mutually exclusive. If is far healthier for the dog to be slighly underweight than overweight. What most peoples image of a basset is more than a little overweight it is boardering on obese there are actual very few basset at an ideal weight so everyones idea of what a healthy bassets weight is skewed.

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People don't know how to determine the correct weight for their dogs. Dogs vary in height, bone structure, and muscularity, so there is no one correct weight for a dog of any given breed. The best way to determine whether a dog is overweight is to test 3 different parts of the body: the neck, the ribs, and the hips.
1. To check the neck, press your thumb and index finger deep into the side of the neck just ahead of the shoulder, and pinch them together. If your fingers are more than 1/2" apart, the dog is overweight. (Note: this is where old dogs tend to carry most of their excess fat, and they may actually be thin in other locations

2. To check the ribs, stand with your dog beside you, facing his butt. Place your thumb on the middle of his spine half way down the back and spread your fingers out over his last few ribs. Then run your fingers up and down along his skin. You should be able to feel the bumps of his ribs without pressing in.

3. To check the hips, run your hand over your dog's croup. You should be able to feel the bumps of his two pelvic bones without pressing down.
Some of you may be reading this and thinking, "I would never want my dog to be that skinny!" Think about the Olympic athletes. If you want your dog to be an athlete then it is only fair that you do what you can to help him achieve the body that he will need to perform and stay healthy and injury free for many years.
Purina® Study Confirms Link Between Body Fat and Chronic Health Conditions
Other Purina research found that most owners couldn't accurately assess their dogs' body conditions. When owner and expert scores were compared, only 28 percent of owners characterized their pets as above ideal body condition, while 79 percent of the experts scored those same animals to be above ideal body condition. Dr. Larson says this gap is serious because pet owners are not likely to recognize that their pets are overweight and even moderate excess body fat can lead to problems.Other Purina research found that most owners couldn't accurately assess their dogs' body conditions. When owner and expert scores were compared, only 28 percent of owners characterized their pets as above ideal body condition, while 79 percent of the experts scored those same animals to be above ideal body condition. Dr. Larson says this gap is serious because pet owners are not likely to recognize that their pets are overweight and even moderate excess body fat can lead to problems.
 
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