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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:

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.

They don't have to have puppies to be susceptible to pyometra, most vets would tell you that they can get this regardless of whether they have had pups or not. My dog got this and she had, had pups.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyometra

Besides that, to breed from her so soon is in my opinion cruel...guess you must be getting good money for the pups.

Sorry I won't can't help you with this, if she is such friends with the vet, then I suggest you ask them, although personally I don't think much of their advice either.

wow just wanted to say regardless of the topic some of the replies are unnecessarily rude and inappropriate. No one deserves to be personally attacked with the wild assumptions I just read.

Original Post by kitschdalliance:

wow just wanted to say regardless of the topic some of the replies are unnecessarily rude and inappropriate. No one deserves to be personally attacked with the wild assumptions I just read.

Yep agree.

 

I agree with Raychel here.

My only advice is to spay her (removes risk of Pyometra completely) and neuter the other. Feed them real food (raw bone with meat, higher quality foods tend to be more calorie dense).

Poor dogs.

ETA: I wanted to say that I am ok with breeding for the better of the breed. I am not ok with breeding for money.

 

 

 

I actually feel like a hypocrite here as I bought my dog from a breeder. Something I will never do again.

Original Post by raychelc:

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.)

 

How dare you talk about my children. You do not know me or my family. I am not in one bit irresponsible and my children are taken care of better than most children. No I am not a child myself either.

As for my dogs they have a better life and get treat better than most people treat/care for there own children. People like me that have what children and they take 2 minutes to change them and in that time there male gets a hold of the female.

Just because you have worked in a rescue for so long doesn't make you judge and jury. You do not know every dog  is abused or anything. It also does not make you better than me or anyone on here. By your comments it make you look like the irresponsible person here not me. You seemed to pick one comment and target me on it. Why dont you read the whole thing. But its not like you matter anyways.

You were irresponsible enough to not have your male and female separated in such a way that to prevent her from being raped by the male.

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

Original Post by raychelc:

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.)

 

How dare you talk about my children. You do not know me or my family. I am not in one bit irresponsible and my children are taken care of better than most children. No I am not a child myself either.

As for my dogs they have a better life and get treat better than most people treat/care for there own children. People like me that have what children and they take 2 minutes to change them and in that time there male gets a hold of the female.

Just because you have worked in a rescue for so long doesn't make you judge and jury. You do not know every dog  is abused or anything. It also does not make you better than me or anyone on here. By your comments it make you look like the irresponsible person here not me. You seemed to pick one comment and target me on it. Why dont you read the whole thing. But its not like you matter anyways.


No, irresponsible people like you fail to watch their puppy, or separate the dog in heat from the male.

You failed.

You were irresponsible.

If you can't watch a dog...yeah, I pity your kids.

And honey, you don't matter a whit to me, it's the dogs I care about.

You should try to do that, too.

 

Original Post by amy_harmon2003:

Original Post by raychelc:

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.)

 

How dare you talk about my children. You do not know me or my family. I am not in one bit irresponsible and my children are taken care of better than most children. No I am not a child myself either.

As for my dogs they have a better life and get treat better than most people treat/care for there own children. People like me that have what children and they take 2 minutes to change them and in that time there male gets a hold of the female.

Just because you have worked in a rescue for so long doesn't make you judge and jury. You do not know every dog  is abused or anything. It also does not make you better than me or anyone on here. By your comments it make you look like the irresponsible person here not me. You seemed to pick one comment and target me on it. Why dont you read the whole thing. But its not like you matter anyways.

I agree that raychelc shouldn't have brought your children into the equation, but you picked a very sensitive subject to post about... irresponsible breeding is frowned upon in a big way by most people on here...there are professional dog handlers, as well as those of us who have had and trained dogs all our lives.

We don't agree with what you allowed to happen and what you are proposing to do, it's wrong.

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<

Agree with amd.... This is a touchy subject so if u are going to post it you have to be ready for criticism. So accept that maybe what you are doing is wrong and there is no need to breed this dog again. Get her fixed that will put weight in her.
Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<

I just don't think the children should be mentioned...I wasn't having a go.

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<


She didn't have the sense to separate her puppy while she was in heat from a male, and allowed her to become pregnant while she was off doing something else and not watching her.

Does that sound like parent of the year material?

Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

I wouldn't let her babysit if these are her superivison skills at work.

And yes, I feel bad for any child growing up in a house where anmals are treated as money-making objects rather than living beings with needs and feelings. You can tack that on, sure.

 

Original Post by amd_66:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<

I just don't think the children should be mentioned...I wasn't having a go.

I knew = )

 

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<


She didn't have the sense to separate her puppy while she was in heat from a male, and allowed her to become pregnant while she was off doing something else and not watching her.

Does that sound like parent of the year material?

Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

I wouldn't let her babysit if these are her superivison skills at work.

And yes, I feel bad for any child growing up in a house where anmals are treated as money-making objects rather than living beings with needs and feelings. You can tack that on, sure.

 

Accidents do happen.

Hopefully the OP will exercise a little more precaution in the future.  There are some basic rules if you are going to keep intact males and females in your house, and rule number one is always keep them physically separated during estrus.  Either alternate them in their crates or fence off separate enclosures or something.

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<


She didn't have the sense to separate her puppy while she was in heat from a male, and allowed her to become pregnant while she was off doing something else and not watching her.

Does that sound like parent of the year material?

Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

I wouldn't let her babysit if these are her superivison skills at work.

And yes, I feel bad for any child growing up in a house where anmals are treated as money-making objects rather than living beings with needs and feelings. You can tack that on, sure.

 

Accidents do happen.

Hopefully the OP will exercise a little more precaution in the future.  There are some basic rules if you are going to keep intact males and females in your house, and rule number one is always keep them physically separated during estrus.  Either alternate them in their crates or fence off separate enclosures or something.

Reputable, trustworthy, intelligent breeders do not allow such accidents.

Then again, I doubt she had them genetically tested and health certed specific to breeding lines before doing it.

More like..oh, I could sell the puppies for __ amount!

Someone who can't properly supervise and doesn't bother doing their research shouldn't breed dogs.

Anyone who would feed them 'puppy chow' clearly hasn't bothered to read about dog health or nutrition either, and is generally ignorant of a dog's needs.

 

If I seem harsh..I don't care. You know I rarely judge people for doing things that affect no one but themselves, but when someone is causing an animal to suffer, my claws come out.

I can't apologize for that.

My rescue just saved a mother dog and 8 puppies who were ALL to be euthanized at the pound the same day they grabbed them.

Someone had an "accident" there, too..and couldn't be bothered to take responsibility.

My Vet tech just adopted a beautiful golden retriever puppy who is healthy in all ways but for a bit of a curable skin condition on his snout. His 'breeder' had simply kept two unaltered dogs together and didn't care if they made puppies. They sell them, so the more the merrier.

They brought the puppy to the vet, but when they were told it would cost around a hundred dollars to fix his little rash and get him his vaccinations, requested that the vet simply put him to sleep instead.

Backyard breeders are commonly like this.

The vet had them sign over the dog, which is how the tech then adopted him.

This is why I react as I do, so if I have offended anyone here who I actually 'know' on the board and probably like/respect, I'm sorry only for that. Not for my views.

 

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<


She didn't have the sense to separate her puppy while she was in heat from a male, and allowed her to become pregnant while she was off doing something else and not watching her.

Does that sound like parent of the year material?

Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

I wouldn't let her babysit if these are her superivison skills at work.

And yes, I feel bad for any child growing up in a house where anmals are treated as money-making objects rather than living beings with needs and feelings. You can tack that on, sure.

 

Accidents do happen.

Hopefully the OP will exercise a little more precaution in the future.  There are some basic rules if you are going to keep intact males and females in your house, and rule number one is always keep them physically separated during estrus.  Either alternate them in their crates or fence off separate enclosures or something.

Reputable, trustworthy, intelligent breeders do not allow such accidents.

Then again, I doubt she had them genetically tested and health certed specific to breeding lines before doing it.

More like..oh, I could sell the puppies for __ amount!

Someone who can't properly supervise and doesn't bother doing their research shouldn't breed dogs.

Anyone who would feed them 'puppy chow' clearly hasn't bothered to read about dog health or nutrition either, and is generally ignorant of a dog's needs.

 

If I seem harsh..I don't care. You know I rarely judge people for doing things that affect no one but themselves, but when someone is causing an animal to suffer, my claws come out.

I can't apologize for that.

My rescue just saved a mother dog and 8 puppies who were ALL to be euthanized at the pound the same day they grabbed them.

Someone had an "accident" there, too..and couldn't be bothered to take responsibility.

My Vet tech just adopted a beautiful golden retriever puppy who is healthy in all ways but for a bit of a curable skin condition on his snout. His 'breeder' had simply kept two unaltered dogs together and didn't care if they made puppies. They sell them, so the more the merrier.

They brought the puppy to the vet, but when they were told it would cost around a hundred dollars to fix his little rash and get him his vaccinations, requested that the vet simply put him to sleep instead.

Backyard breeders are commonly like this.

The vet had them sign over the dog, which is how the tech then adopted him.

This is why I react as I do, so if I have offended anyone here who I actually 'know' on the board and probably like/respect, I'm sorry only for that. Not for my views.

 

I agree that leaving the dogs unattended was irresponsible. 

Original Post by raychelc:

Original Post by cptbunny:

Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I took it as Raychel feels pity for her child because her child will grow up accepting that this practice is ok and repeat the cycle. Am I way off? >.<


She didn't have the sense to separate her puppy while she was in heat from a male, and allowed her to become pregnant while she was off doing something else and not watching her.

Does that sound like parent of the year material?

Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

I wouldn't let her babysit if these are her superivison skills at work.

And yes, I feel bad for any child growing up in a house where anmals are treated as money-making objects rather than living beings with needs and feelings. You can tack that on, sure.

 

Yes I was in the other room changing a 1 year old. That does not make me a bad parent or breeder. She was over a yr old when it happened and I had kept them apart and she was in last few days. Trust me I did NOT want them to breed so soon because she was still a puppy.She follows me everywhere and when I went into the baby's room she was right with and I pushed the door behind me but it didn't close all the way and she went into the hallway. She was out of my sight for maybe a minute when it happen. If me taking care of my child is irresponsible then I am guilty. This was the first time that I had let my female and male out at the same time because we didn't want to take the chance of this happening.

Excuse me for being a parent and being human. NOBODY IS PERFECT. MISTAKES AND ACCIDENTS DO AND WILL HAPPEN NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HARD YOU TRY TO PREVENT THEM FROM HAPPENING.

I remember growing up and being told you can learn from a mistake if one is not made. I am sure you have made mistakes just like any of us. Now because of the mistake I made both my dogs have there own rooms so when she does come in heat if I won't want to breed her right away I can put her in her room while I let me male out to get some exercise and then I can put him in his room and let her out to do the same.

You talked about that breeder well I would of gave the 100.00 to have the rash treated. Money is not my motivation as you have implied. I am far from needing money because my husband is a lawyer and I am a nurse. My kids have trust funds and college funds set up for them when they turn 18 and then 21.

When I take them to the vet i spend no less 100.00 to have checkups and any shots that they need. They are registered and have pedigree's. I have them tested on a regular basis for anything that might have been in there blood line. 

I am sorry that you have had bad experiences with the way people have treated the animals you have to rescue but by no means am I anyway like them.

 

 

Also, just a reminder that just because a dog is papered doesn't mean it should be bred. 

Original Post by kelrantymus:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Also, just a reminder that just because a dog is papered doesn't mean it should be bred. 


100%, absolutely this.

Yep. Those registries are a joke, anyway. Someone proved it by getting an AKC registry for a dead animal.

They don't look or check, so it really means nothing. It's not like they speak to the owner, view the dog, or check into the lines.

My Shiloh is AKC registered..they've never seen her. She could be a Lhasa Apso or an Elephant for all they know.

 

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