Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
It is relatively unusual to be asked as a GP vet how to encourage a dog to gain weight. When I am, I tend to find one of two things. Ideally, I will find that the dog is not actually underweight, but a normal, slim, young dog. This is more common than you think, because over half of all dogs you see out and about are overweight, so it's easy to look at your own dog and think, 'they must be too thin.' Many vet surgeries will be happy to let you weigh a dog, free of charge, in the waiting room, and if you have a vet nurse appointment then they may help you to assess their condition score and decide from there whether your dog is underweight, overweight or just right. More to follow.