Q. My German Shepherd needs to gain weight. He is 11 years old and he is eating Orijen Puppy food and Acana Chicken Burbank Potato. His blood test normal

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A. It sounds like you have already tried switching to a higher fat (puppy) food and still not seeing results, and ruled out any health concerns. Putting weight on an older dog can be tricky. Older pets lose muscle and so they may appear smaller, but not always need to gain weight, unless your vet has advised you to put more weight on him. I would try a bit of experimenting with another brand of food. I know in the past some clients had trouble with Orijen/Acana just going straight through as it was a bit rich for their dog. It is harder on the kidneys to process rich protein as pets age but good for muscle tone so you get caught in a win-some/lose-some scenario. You can always try breaking meals up as sometimes its easier to process a few smaller meals than one large one. Enrich the food with tasty appetizers to encourage eating; low sodium broth, small cut pieces of meat etc. You can also try to add an oil like coconut as it is high in fat but careful of over doing it as too much fat can cause pancreatitis. Every dog is different so you'll just have to keep trying until you find the results you are looking for.

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