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How to get my Female Boston Terrier to gain weight.


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I have a female Boston Terrier she is almost 2 years old. I am wanting to find out a way to get her to put on some extra pounds for she is a little on the skinny side. When I took her to the vet they said she is in wonderful health and she has no issues. The reason I am concerned about having her gain some extra pounds is because she had puppies Dec. 19th 2011 and after she had them she became very skinny and you could see every bone in her little frame. They told me to feed her puppy chow which seemed to help but she is now back to not gaining any weight. I am planning on breeding her again when she comes back in heat around June and before doing so I would love to make sure that she has enough weight on her that she doesn't get as skinny as she did this time once having the puppies. I have had people tell me to drizzle bacon grease over her food after I make breakfast in the morning but not sure how that would do with her stomach.

I know that dogs eat a lot of things that we would never dream of eating and she is just like them.

I do know that she cannot have molasses.

Any Advice would be great. PLEASE NO RUDE COMMENTS OR REMARKS.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

I have a female Boston Terrier she is almost 2 years old. I am wanting to find out a way to get her to put on some extra pounds for she is a little on the skinny side. When I took her to the vet they said she is in wonderful health and she has no issues. The reason I am concerned about having her gain some extra pounds is because she had puppies Dec. 19th 2011 and after she had them she became very skinny and you could see every bone in her little frame. They told me to feed her puppy chow which seemed to help but she is now back to not gaining any weight. I am planning on breeding her again when she comes back in heat around June and before doing so I would love to make sure that she has enough weight on her that she doesn't get as skinny as she did this time once having the puppies. I have had people tell me to drizzle bacon grease over her food after I make breakfast in the morning but not sure how that would do with her stomach.

I know that dogs eat a lot of things that we would never dream of eating and she is just like them.

I do know that she cannot have molasses.

Any Advice would be great. PLEASE NO RUDE COMMENTS OR REMARKS.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

Not to be rude, but everything above is wrong on so many levels I couldn't know where to begin.

Go find a reputable, experienced breeder and run this by them..they will have many words of good wisdom for you.

Better yet, spay that PUPPY before you kill her with your ignorance.

Okay, that's the sweet version.

I pity your dog, and have a nice life.

 

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

I have a female Boston Terrier she is almost 2 years old. I am wanting to find out a way to get her to put on some extra pounds for she is a little on the skinny side. When I took her to the vet they said she is in wonderful health and she has no issues. The reason I am concerned about having her gain some extra pounds is because she had puppies Dec. 19th 2011 and after she had them she became very skinny and you could see every bone in her little frame. They told me to feed her puppy chow which seemed to help but she is now back to not gaining any weight. I am planning on breeding her again when she comes back in heat around June and before doing so I would love to make sure that she has enough weight on her that she doesn't get as skinny as she did this time once having the puppies. I have had people tell me to drizzle bacon grease over her food after I make breakfast in the morning but not sure how that would do with her stomach.

I know that dogs eat a lot of things that we would never dream of eating and she is just like them.

I do know that she cannot have molasses.

Any Advice would be great. PLEASE NO RUDE COMMENTS OR REMARKS.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

Not to be rude, but everything above is wrong on so many levels I couldn't know where to begin.

Go find a reputable, experienced breeder and run this by them..they will have many words of good wisdom for you.

Better yet, spay that PUPPY before you kill her with your ignorance.

Okay, that's the sweet version.

I pity your dog, and have a nice life.

 

Well first off i keep her in the care of her vet when she does have puppies and I asked the vet if it would be ok to breed her once she came back in heat and she said that they would suggest it because of infections they can get when they come back in heat after having a litter of puppies.

I am not sure why you say but everything above is wrong on so many levels I couldn't know where to begin.

She is very well taken care of by myself and her vets.

Well first off i keep her in the care of her vet when she does have puppies and I asked the vet if it would be ok to breed her once she came back in heat and she said that they would suggest it because of infections they can get when they come back in heat after having a litter of puppies.

I am not sure why you say but everything above is wrong on so many levels I couldn't know where to begin.

She is very well taken care of by myself and her vets.

You feed your dog bacon grease? Are you serious?

 

Yeah, real responsible.

Sorry I agree with the above. Unless you are a professional which u obviously are not you are using your dog to what make money? When you bought her did you tell the seller you were planning to continually breed her? Because I bet they would not have sold to you unless it was as a pet only. You are contributing to the problem with to many puppies being born in irresponsible manner. So so awful. Let your pet be a pet fix her.
Ugh and seriously breeding her to avoid infection? Or whatever? Grow a brain. No bet would support continually breeding a small dog. This makes me sick I feel so bad for your dog

No I do Not I said I had someone tell me that

Actual I have a brain. How do you think dogs are mad. They sure dont fall from the sky.

Call a vet and ask them if it is safe to breed a dog after they have had a litter of puppies once they come in heat again and see what they tell.

I wasnt going to breed her till after she was 2 but my male got a hold of her when I was changing my baby.

 

Nope they don't but I would only by off a reputable breeder my someone who just decides to breed a pet and obviously has no clue what they are doing. What's your pet guarantee? Do you know the lineage of your pet? How do you choose a stud? Do you know how many litters it is safe for this breed to have? When you sell the puppies do they go with a puppy kit? Health guarantee? And shots? Do you have a special area in your home built for breeding and new puppies?
Original Post by scrambler22:

Ugh and seriously breeding her to avoid infection? Or whatever? Grow a brain. No bet would support continually breeding a small dog. This makes me sick I feel so bad for your dog

It's called pyometra, and yes, pregnancy actually does reduce the risk.

OP, I can see that you are defensive about breeding your dog from how you anticipated a negative response.  It also seems that you probably realize you aren't really knowledgeable about breeding a dog.  Waiting a heat cycle to make sure she is healthy, and to make sure you are breeding responsibly, is not going to hurt anything.

One of my boys has a tendency to get really skinny.  I feed him egg yolks when I think he needs to put some weight on.  Raw bones with plenty of fat on them are good too.  Rich foods can make them a little gassy, so be careful.

Original Post by scrambler22:

Nope they don't but I would only by off a reputable breeder my someone who just decides to breed a pet and obviously has no clue what they are doing. What's your pet guarantee? Do you know the lineage of your pet? How do you choose a stud? Do you know how many litters it is safe for this breed to have? When you sell the puppies do they go with a puppy kit? Health guarantee? And shots? Do you have a special area in your home built for breeding and new puppies?

With bostons, on top of those things, I'd also be concerned about genetic diseases.

Original Post by scrambler22:

Nope they don't but I would only by off a reputable breeder my someone who just decides to breed a pet and obviously has no clue what they are doing. What's your pet guarantee? Do you know the lineage of your pet? How do you choose a stud? Do you know how many litters it is safe for this breed to have? When you sell the puppies do they go with a puppy kit? Health guarantee? And shots? Do you have a special area in your home built for breeding and new puppies?

I guarantee my puppies for yr after They are sold for a full refund. They have all there papers with ped's to show there blood lines. I own both the male and female. They come with first shots. I also have a spare room right off mine for her once she has the puppies. My family calls it a doggie hotel cause of all the stuff I have in there for her. They go with the kit and they also go with the number to my vet for any questions they might have. I also call once a month to check up on the puppies. Before I sell them  to a family they fill out an application and have references before I consider them because just like most people my dogs are like my kids and I do NOT want the puppies going to just anybody.  I didn't want to breed her so soon but I kind of had no choice because I was changing my son and all the sudden I heard her scream and once I seen what happened I called my vet and explained to her what happened because I wasn't sure with her being a small breed that it was safe for her being it was only her third heat and if it wouldn't of been I would of taken her and had them terminate the pregnancy so she wouldnt of been a risk. I know most people only breed once to twice a yr. My dogs are like my kids so they go to the vet even if there noses are hot for more than 8 hrs.

My point was that is not a good resin to breed again. I should have been more clear.

That is why I guarantee and offer a full refund for a yr after and keep in touch with the family to make sure that if anything were to come up i can let them know. All puppy papers come with a form for you to fill out with the buyers name and a spot for any issues/diseases. 

Original Post by Lysistrata:

Original Post by scrambler22:

Ugh and seriously breeding her to avoid infection? Or whatever? Grow a brain. No bet would support continually breeding a small dog. This makes me sick I feel so bad for your dog

It's called pyometra, and yes, pregnancy actually does reduce the risk.

OP, I can see that you are defensive about breeding your dog from how you anticipated a negative response.  It also seems that you probably realize you aren't really knowledgeable about breeding a dog.  Waiting a heat cycle to make sure she is healthy, and to make sure you are breeding responsibly, is not going to hurt anything.

One of my boys has a tendency to get really skinny.  I feed him egg yolks when I think he needs to put some weight on.  Raw bones with plenty of fat on them are good too.  Rich foods can make them a little gassy, so be careful.

@Lysistrata

My family has always breed dogs but this is my first time breeding my dogs and was very concerned for her health and thats why as soon as she showed signs last month I took her to the vet to make sure she wasnt cause I wasnt sure it would be safe to breed her again and don't wanna take the chance of hurting her. She is one of my babies and my kids would go crazy if something happen to one of our dogs.

My parents had told me to give her raw egg for her coat but I am not sure about giving her raw stuff. They use to mix it in with the dry food. I buy the science diet foods for my dogs and they are not cheap. When I was giving her the puppy food I was spending 20+ on a 8pd bag.

I will try the egg now is it the yolk or the whites that you give your dog? I only use egg whites that's why I am asking.

 

That's more info so better. So then your vet should be able to give you a definitive answer on gaining weight, no? I have heard from the breeder I use the egg as mentioned above, oil, or nutri cal. But I would consult the vet before adding those to ensure you use the proper products and it is healthy for her
Original Post by scrambler22:

That's more info so better. So then your vet should be able to give you a definitive answer on gaining weight, no? I have heard from the breeder I use the egg as mentioned above, oil, or nutri cal. But I would consult the vet before adding those to ensure you use the proper products and it is healthy for her

Ok I will call her vet tomorrow they are open till 12 and find out if giving her the raw egg and stuff would be ok.

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

Original Post by Lysistrata:

Original Post by scrambler22:

Ugh and seriously breeding her to avoid infection? Or whatever? Grow a brain. No bet would support continually breeding a small dog. This makes me sick I feel so bad for your dog

It's called pyometra, and yes, pregnancy actually does reduce the risk.

OP, I can see that you are defensive about breeding your dog from how you anticipated a negative response.  It also seems that you probably realize you aren't really knowledgeable about breeding a dog.  Waiting a heat cycle to make sure she is healthy, and to make sure you are breeding responsibly, is not going to hurt anything.

One of my boys has a tendency to get really skinny.  I feed him egg yolks when I think he needs to put some weight on.  Raw bones with plenty of fat on them are good too.  Rich foods can make them a little gassy, so be careful.

@Lysistrata

My family has always breed dogs but this is my first time breeding my dogs and was very concerned for her health and thats why as soon as she showed signs last month I took her to the vet to make sure she wasnt cause I wasnt sure it would be safe to breed her again and don't wanna take the chance of hurting her. She is one of my babies and my kids would go crazy if something happen to one of our dogs.

My parents had told me to give her raw egg for her coat but I am not sure about giving her raw stuff. They use to mix it in with the dry food. I buy the science diet foods for my dogs and they are not cheap. When I was giving her the puppy food I was spending 20+ on a 8pd bag.

I will try the egg now is it the yolk or the whites that you give your dog? I only use egg whites that's why I am asking.

 

I cook my dogs' eggs in the microwave.  I'm not particularly worried about them getting sick from eating the yolks raw, but they have floppy goopy lips that they like to come wipe on me as soon as they're done eating, and cooked eggs don't smear on my pants so badly.  ;)  I just give them the yolks, it works out because my husband likes egg white omelettes, so ... voila, everybody gets what they want!

Raw bones, like beef knuckle bones you can get at the grocery store for a couple of bucks, are awesome and really good for them.  Then again, I don't know how easy it would be for a boston to chew on a big cow knuckle bone!  Raw turkey necks are another good treat, that might be easier for a little dog.  It's great nutrition and the bones help keep their teeth clean.

Seriously, give some thought to whether the breeding is what you really want to do and really resolve to do it right if that's what you want.  Get her health certified so you know she doesn't have any conditions that could be passed on to the puppies.  Screen potential mates very carefully and research their pedigrees.  Breeding done right, meaning in the best interest of the dogs, really isn't a money making proposition.  My dogs cost a lot of money and my breeder lost money on every litter.  Breeding is definitely hard on a female dog's body and health.  If you don't want to breed her, fix her to avoid any more accidents.  A btich in heat is a huge responsibility.  I know you care about your girl!

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

Original Post by Lysistrata:

Original Post by scrambler22:

Ugh and seriously breeding her to avoid infection? Or whatever? Grow a brain. No bet would support continually breeding a small dog. This makes me sick I feel so bad for your dog

It's called pyometra, and yes, pregnancy actually does reduce the risk.

OP, I can see that you are defensive about breeding your dog from how you anticipated a negative response.  It also seems that you probably realize you aren't really knowledgeable about breeding a dog.  Waiting a heat cycle to make sure she is healthy, and to make sure you are breeding responsibly, is not going to hurt anything.

One of my boys has a tendency to get really skinny.  I feed him egg yolks when I think he needs to put some weight on.  Raw bones with plenty of fat on them are good too.  Rich foods can make them a little gassy, so be careful.

@Lysistrata

My family has always breed dogs but this is my first time breeding my dogs and was very concerned for her health and thats why as soon as she showed signs last month I took her to the vet to make sure she wasnt cause I wasnt sure it would be safe to breed her again and don't wanna take the chance of hurting her. She is one of my babies and my kids would go crazy if something happen to one of our dogs.

My parents had told me to give her raw egg for her coat but I am not sure about giving her raw stuff. They use to mix it in with the dry food. I buy the science diet foods for my dogs and they are not cheap. When I was giving her the puppy food I was spending 20+ on a 8pd bag.

I will try the egg now is it the yolk or the whites that you give your dog? I only use egg whites that's why I am asking.

 

I cook my dogs' eggs in the microwave.  I'm not particularly worried about them getting sick from eating the yolks raw, but they have floppy goopy lips that they like to come wipe on me as soon as they're done eating, and cooked eggs don't smear on my pants so badly.  ;)  I just give them the yolks, it works out because my husband likes egg white omelettes, so ... voila, everybody gets what they want!

Raw bones, like beef knuckle bones you can get at the grocery store for a couple of bucks, are awesome and really good for them.  Then again, I don't know how easy it would be for a boston to chew on a big cow knuckle bone!  Raw turkey necks are another good treat, that might be easier for a little dog.  It's great nutrition and the bones help keep their teeth clean.

Seriously, give some thought to whether the breeding is what you really want to do and really resolve to do it right if that's what you want.  Get her health certified so you know she doesn't have any conditions that could be passed on to the puppies.  Screen potential mates very carefully and research their pedigrees.  Breeding done right, meaning in the best interest of the dogs, really isn't a money making proposition.  My dogs cost a lot of money and my breeder lost money on every litter.  Breeding is definitely hard on a female dog's body and health.  If you don't want to breed her, fix her to avoid any more accidents.  A btich in heat is a huge responsibility.  I know you care about your girl!

I am wanting to breed her but I wasn't wanting to that soon cause she wasnt 2yrs yet. I own the male so I have his pedigree and I also have hers. I know they do not have any health condition that she can pass down to them. Yeah I know its hard on her and I think I called the vet once a week well if something changed cause her health is first. We got her for my 3yr old but she is my baby. I think I spent more money on her in the 9 weeks then I have in almost the whole time I have had her. I had them do ultra sounds once a month and a check up every 2 weeks because she was so young with this pregnancy.

I will definitely try the things you have suggested once I make sure that they will work with her and the vet doesnt think it will hurt her.

Thank you so much for the info and input.

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

Actual I have a brain. How do you think dogs are mad. They sure dont fall from the sky.

Call a vet and ask them if it is safe to breed a dog after they have had a litter of puppies once they come in heat again and see what they tell.

I wasnt going to breed her till after she was 2 but my male got a hold of her when I was changing my baby.

 

You know nothing about dog breeding. The first rule would be don't let a PUPPY breed.

Find her a good, responsible home and forget the whole thing. She deserves better than to be bred too young, and by someone who clearly knows nothing.

People like you give breeders a bad name.

I've spent too much time in animal rescue to not be physically ill at this.

What I'd really like to say, would violate every rule of this board. Twice.

You see, I am one of those who has to go and clean up the mess that people like you make, and I am the one who fights like Hell to get those unwanted dogs out of the pound before they're killed.

I'm the one who tries so hard to find homes for the discarded brood sow someone has made of a poor, innocent dog.

You clearly think of her as some object, and for that reason alone, you do not deserve a pet.

I'm done. I really could just vomit at your lack of intelligence, common sense and compassion for your own dog.

You're utterly irresponsible, and I pity your child as well.

You sound like one yourself.

Okay no, now I'm done.

(sorry to my board peeps..this is a hot button issue for me.)

 

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