I've been doing research about our Chopper, who is roughly a 2 yr old American Boxer. We're worried about him. Over the course of a month (we're moving currently, so the time frame will not be accurate on how fast we noticed his weight loss), he went from a healthy weight (not overweight, by any means) to ribs, vertabrea, and hips/pelvis showing. He was infected about 3-4 months ago with Ticks, I took them off and he doesnt have anymore, he gets a dosage of flea and tick once a month. I cannot afford to go to vet, but Im at wits end, first, I would like to try a HIGH protein and lots of carb diet, that I will make. I've gotten a couple of receipes for the dog meal, and also treats for him - Healthy weight gain mix for food, and then the fattening treats.
I've checked his stool, no worms, no diarrhea, no vomiting, no coughing. When he eats, he inhales it so fast that he makes himself sick (could be a result of a previous dog we had- she would eat her food, then push him out of way for his also, and when we tried to correct it, he would just not eat). He is still VERY active, but very very skinny. Every Boxer I have met, and been around are like camels when it comes to water, so thats not the issue either.
I also got a receipe for homemade dewormer, because dewormer medician is poison, and if Chopper already isnt doing good, I'm not going to put poison into him, not when I can give him something that wont hurt him at all.
How fast does the fattening diet start working? Any thoughts?