How can we get weight on a little dog we just adopted?


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Dr. Debra - We just agreed to care for a 10-year-old female Pomeranian. She is underweight, has some missing teeth and her coat is dull. What is the best way to help her gain weight? She sees the vet in three days.

Kim Wyndance


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that you just adopted a 10-year-old female Pomeranian that is thin, missing teeth with a dull coat.

You also mentioned that you are taking her to your vet in 3 days. That is a great idea. Make sure she is spayed, is heartworm negative, and has no fleas. They should examine her, ensure she is current on vaccinations, check her teeth and get her on heartworm prevention. They may want to do blood work to ensure there are no underlying problems that is making her underweight.

In the mean time, you asked for suggestions on how to get some weight on her. I'd recommend that you feed her a good quality food, spend plenty of time with her and make her feel comfortable and loved in her new home.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.