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Feed the aged ones more???

Twinkle has not been holding her weight, and I thought it was just because of her age. I decided to see how much she would eat, since she always enjoys eating. I really piled the food in her plate, and she surprised me how much she ate. For some days now, I've continued to give her a lot, and she's handling it just fine. Her energy level has picked up, and she will even play some with Brio now. She goes up and down the steps where I've been carrying her for a while.

I wish I had thought to try it before. In just a week or so, I can tell that she's picking weight back up. If we are lucky, and she stays with us for a couple of more months, she will reach her 17th, and it sure looks like it won't be a problem right now.
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How nice that you have figured out how to help her feel better by letting her eat more! Yeah for her!

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Oh, I'm so glad to hear she's feeling better! At her age, anything she wants, she should have!

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That's great Tom. I seem to remember that senior food is a lot like puppy food?

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My two boys that I've had from puppyness, they just eat till they are full. my other two dogs, that are rescues, wow they will eat till they pass out.

That's kibble though, treats and such are a whole 'nother story.
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wow..good for her!!!

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17! Amazing! I agree - at her age, give her whatever she wants!

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It's sweet she likes Brio

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Tyler, too, is on the thin side, which at this point is good for his knee, however the vet stated that, in spite of the ACL issue, he wanted another 1/2 lb on him. I tried a sample of Honest Kitchen Zeal and he absolutely loved it, so I am now adding that to his kibble. He's getting a bit more food and the Zeal is higher in protein than his kibble, so he has added a few ounces to his thin frame. When he's not sleeping, he has a spring in his step. Still carrying him up and down the stairs, though, as he can't be trusted to not jump! Guess I'll be doing that for the rest of his life. (He will be 16 1\2 in January about he same time that his half sister, Twinkle, turns 17). We are both very fortunate to still have them in our lives. They certainly come from good stock. Hugs and licks to Twinkle from Tyler

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The steps going out into that dog yard from the dog room are shallower than the average stairs. I built them with 5" rise and 12-1/2" run, so that puppies could more easily negotiate them. Normal people stairs are between 7 and 7-1/2" rise, with a total of the rise and run between 17 and 17-1/2" ideally.

I'm pretty sure that makes it easier for Twinkle to use them too. I'd worry about her using steeper steps.

She eats something that Pam mixes up with Chicken, Rice, Eggs, and a variety of other stuff, not including any dogfood.

Brio is the initiator of play. He loves all dogs and people, and knows how to start something without any of the dogs getting mad at him. He's the only one that knows how to get the older ones going. When he was little, they would have to take turns playing with him, and they still do. He especially likes the old ones. He's the only one they do any playing with.
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