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How much to feed skinny rescue

I just got my foster dog and he is skin and bones. Can't get into much detail about his history, because it is sketchy. I am feeding Taste of the Wild salmon. I am not sure how much to feed him. He gobbles any food I put in front of him. My heart wants to feed him the entire bag, but my head tells me not to do that. I think if he could stand to gain at least 5 lbs. Should I feed him the max amount for his goal weight?

This poor boy is the most gentle loving soul. He is so innocent and such a velcro boy. So far, no accidents either!!
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Linda- I would try the max weight then. Since some rescues will literally eat till they get sick, I would say do a measured amount for awhile. He could very well get sick on the max for his weight if he isn't used to eating it. It is at least great he will eat kibble.

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I'm pretty sure he was once a sable. The first picture is when I got him. The second is after I combed his matts out. It took a couple hours but I was able to salvage all the hair except for his belly. I shaved his belly and this morning I trimmed him up as best I could. Thanks for your advice. I will look into it today.

Here is a pic after I groomed him up. His feet are cut so short, can't wait for that and his face to grow in a bit.





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Oh Linda,
He looks soo sweet.
I bet he'll have a"smile" on his face after a couple of weeks in your loving care.
Lucky dog to have you!

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I would try to feed frequently throughout the day.
And cheese!
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Linda, his is a doll, seems like you got a rescue winner…. loving, no accidents.

It is best to put the weight back on slow, even giving him 3 small meals a day if you think he is actually still hungry. Most starved or neglected animals will gobble food at first then regulate their eating habits. I much prefer a slim animal to a heavy one. It may take you a couple of months to get his weigh where you want it. Once the parasites and such are gone most dogs will gain very quickly

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awww What is his name? I agree with small amounts through the day. what a cutie!




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He's so cute now, he'll be gorgeous once he's had some healthy food and lots of love. We could see a change in Gracie's coat after about a month.

I fed her on the same schedule as my other two and she got lots of treats at the beginning just to encourage her. She goes wild over food too, dances in circles as soon as she knows it's time to eat and will bark at us if it's past time. I don't know if it's because she was neglected or if she just really loves her food!

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Aw Linda he looks like such a sweetie. His life is about to turn completely around thanks to you and HRI. I'm so excited for his future. I'd have to agree to feed him more but not all at once. Poor baby. Imagine what it must feel like to be "starving."

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