Thin springer spaniel

by Lindsay
(UK)

I have recently bought a 2 year old springer spaniel. He is very skinny with his ribs showing & you can feel his hips quite prominently.


I have had a number of remarks from passers by that seem shocked at how skinny he is. However, he is fed twice daily with a mix of biscuits & meat.

His old owners really didn't bother with him or feed him regularly so we are doing our best to fatten him up to a normal weight. However, he is regularly sick, at least once a day after his meals & we are unsure if he's used to eating much at all.

He also runs constantly & is always active, so we are worried he is just burning off any calories he may gain. Is there anything we can do to help him gain weight more easily?

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Lindsay
There could be a number of things here. He could be suffering from worms so check out the guide to Worming a Springer Spaniel.

If thats not the case it could be the food you are feeding him, springer spaniels have notoriously delicate stomaches which is why I never feed them anything other than hypoallergenic dog food.

I am a huge fan of Burns pet food and have fed it to my springers for years. They do a range of Burns Active or underweight Dog Food that may be what your springer needs.

If that fails then go and speak with your vet.

I hope that helps, please let us know how you get on.


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Underweight Active Springer Spaniel

I have a 7 month old Springer spaniel. regularly wormed and very active. I ride horses therefore she is constantly running around my land with my other 1 and half year old springer. But i am having trouble keeping weight on her, we were feeding her Bakers then she still wasn't eating well so i started feeding her tinned pedigree. but the amount she needs was very expensive and she still didn't seem to be putting on weight. I have now started to feed her tripe which she loves but still no increase in weight she has a constant supply of complete dried food and combined with tripe she should be bigger than she is. and the older springer looks very well although they are totally different types of springer.

Im not worried as she is very active and healthy but im not sure if I should be.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Cerys
This is a common problem with very active springer spaniels especially when they are young and their metabolism is high. Switch to an active dog food, such as Burns Active Dog Food.

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