Boxer won't gain weight

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We rescued Nelson a little over a year ago. He is almost 2 years old now. The rescue thinks he was left in a crate that was too small for him and neglected. Since we've had him he hasn't gained much weight. He is about 40 pounds and you can still see his ribs and spine. We feed him purina pro plan sport 30/20 grain free - about 3 cups a day. He will not eat it plain, he is pretty picky so we add some rice, chicken breast, or Dyne (liquid calorie supplement) to get him to eat it. Sometimes he isn't interested and will skip a meal but on average he still eats about 1500 calories a day. His bowel movements are normal, however, I would say he poops more often than most dogs. The vet has ran every test they have and even sent some tests to Texas A&M and everything comes back normal. His demeanor is great, he never throws up his food, he plays with other dogs, everything is great about him except he is skinny. He has muscle in his upper body, but his back legs are pretty weak. I came across Satin Balls and was wondering if you think this will help? Thanks!




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NJBoxers NJBoxers
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Re: Boxer won't gain weight

Hello!  Such a precious Boxer face, and I can see how skinny he is.  I'm glad to hear you already had the vet run all kinds of tests to rule out anything physical.  

The first thing I would do would be to get him off the Purina, which is a very sub par food, and get him on a more nutrient dense, healthier food.  If you are in the U.S., I will gladly give you a recommendation.  The Purina alone could be why he is not gaining healthy weight.

Once you have him on a much more healthier food and he gains a good amount of strength back, I would highly consider having him neutered.  It is highly possible 6 months after neutering, when his hormone levels normalize, he may naturally put a little more weight on.

Personally, I would hold off on the Satin Balls until he has made a complete and successful switch to a new high quality food.  Proper nutrition is more important than most people realize.
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Thanks so much for the quick reply! The last picture I posted is an older picture but he still looks the same except he was neutered about a year ago.

We originally had him on this Taste of the Wild Puppy Food:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/taste-of-the-wild-high-prairie-puppy-formula-with-roasted-bison-roasted-venison-dog-food-15-lb-bag

Shortly after he was neutered we switched to the Purina since he was no longer a puppy. It was chosen by the vet because it had a high calorie content:
https://www.proplan.com/dogs/products/sport-all-life-stages-performance-3020-formula

When he was on Taste of the Wild Puppy we would put some of the regular Taste of the Wild canned food in to entice him to eat but he got bored of it and wouldn't eat much. Do you think both of these dry dog foods are subpar or just the Purina? What food would you recommend switching to? We are open to anything!

Our 8 month old lab is on this food and Nelson enjoys it when we occasionally give him some kibble as treats:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/4health-puppy-formula-dog-food-35-lb-bag

Here's a newer picture. You can see his face/chest look fuller than the older pictures but his ribs/spine/hips look the same - bones.

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He looks GREAT!  I know it's been a few months, but would love see more recent photo of him.

Please do your research.  Taste of the Wild has been on the recall list more than once (at least once).  

If you would like a recommendation of a high quality, holistic pet food that's never been on a recall list, and the one I feed my Boxers, let me know.  I will gladly help!