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I have a lot of people constantly telling me their poodles are too skinny and that they need to put some weight on their dog.
The thing you have to remember is that it is normal for poodles to have a very high metabolism.  The just run skinny.  However on the other hand if your poodle has been neutered or spayed you may see that your poodle is getting heavy. 
For those people that have unaltered poodles and need to put a bit of weight on their poodle, I HIGHLY recomend Satin Balls.
Here is the recipe.
 
Satin Balls - Please note that I have changed my Satin Ball recipie to one that is currently being passed around that I find much better and more healthy.

Ingredients

    Satin Balls:
    10 pounds raw ground beef, 70%-85% lean (you may choose to use a higher fat content if you wish)

    18 ounces Total Multi-grain cereal (or other vitamin-fortified, unsweetened cereal)

    2 pounds oatmeal, uncooked regular or quick oats (not instant oats)

    20 ounces wheat germ

    1 cup canola oil

    1 cup unsulfured molasses

    10 hard-boiled eggs and shells, crushed and minced

    10 envelopes unflavored gelatin

    teaspoon salt

    Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

Thaw as needed and feed raw!

Uses

"I take a frozen pack to dogs' shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat of Texas summers..."

"All my dogs go crazy over this stuff...but you have to be careful, it will put weight on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough....I feed a pack a day...half in am , half in pm."

"When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven't got to the point where they won't eat anymore, and believe me, Satin has eaten a lot at one setting. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that's all I have)."

"The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof (not that Belgians need any more energy)."

"The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when she in on the food (I long ago stopped trying to "bury" it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite."

Comments

Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs:

Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish. My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.

The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days...that's why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let Satin eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!

I just find that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement.  I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite...no picky eaters here.

Just don't try to hide it in the kibble...they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls!  My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls...not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I save money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.

I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin.  Since this is high in Vitamin C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don't seem to mind the added flavor.

I am also adding Flaxseed oil.  They probably don't need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.

Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will love you forever and forever!

Other ideas to try for weight gain if the satin balls do not work for you.
 
Mac and Cheese
 
Scrambled eggs
 
String cheese
 
Bacon grease poured over the dog food (not great for dogs that have stomach issues)
 
Cooked meats like chicken or beef (stay away from pork products as some dogs can get pancreatitis from this meat)
 
Dyne added to food.  Dyne has been used as an appetite stimulant in many dogs sucessfully.
 
 

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