How to fatten up my boxer dog

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How to fatten up my boxer dog
Playing helps boxers maintain a healthy weight. (DTP/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Boxers are a stocky, medium-sized breed of dog weighing about 27.2 to 31.8 Kilogram at a healthy adult size. Boxers require daily exercise in the form of walks with their owner, as well as time to run and play outdoors. These dogs have a naturally large appetite so they usually gain weight easily. Their high level of energy helps keep boxers at a healthy weight. However, some boxers may require weight gain due to illness, pregnancy or other reasons. When this happens, fattening up your boxer is important to maintain its health.

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    Take your boxer to a veterinarian if it is underweight to determine the cause. If there is an underlying cause, treat it and ask the veterinarian what your dog's goal weight should be.

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    Feed your dog a wet food diet; wet food contains less carbohydrates than dry food and is more substantial. Increase the amount your dog eats daily by 25 per cent of its current diet.

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    Supplement your dog's food with daily vitamins available through your veterinarian or from a holistic pet store.

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    Feed your dog treats between meals after good behaviour. This will add calories to your dog's diet and reinforce its training. Satin balls are a good choice for dog snacks; they are balls of meat and grains that you can make at home.

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    Exercise your dog every day by taking walks, gradually adding more exercise to its daily activity. Boxers are muscular dogs and building muscle helps them gain body mass.

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