When my Labrador retriever was young, I had an awful time keeping weight on him. Vet visits, changes in diets, and even trying to lower his exercise output every day did nothing. It was a constant struggle to keep him at a healthy weight. His energy was just so high; he burned calories faster than I could get him to eat them. Then I found a secret recipe called satin balls that rescue groups have been using for years for canine weight gain. Not only does this recipe help dogs gain weight, especially those suffering from being too underweight, I found that Petey had a healthier coat.
The recipe is very easy to make and can be fed on its own for a short period of time or as a supplement to aid in canine weight gain.
What are Satin Balls?
For those of you who haven’t stumbled across this amazing secret for canine weight gain, satin balls are a complete diet made from raw meat and a few other ingredients. It is used for quick weight gain and it is wonderful for rescue dogs that need those extra calories.
In addition, the recipe works wonders for dogs with high energy to keep them at the optimal weight. The added bonus with this recipe is that it not only helps with canine weight gain, it keeps dogs in top condition with shiny coats.
One word of caution with the recipe is that you should never feed satin balls to puppies. It causes weight gain too quickly, which can affect the joints and bones of a growing puppy.
Benefits of Satin Balls
Although many people dismiss raw diets, satin balls are of a slightly different breed than many of the raw diets out there. For one, it was designed by a breeder with the help of a university. Second, a lot of science went into selecting the perfect blend. The result is that satin balls have many benefits for a dog’s health besides canine weight gain. I am going to go through those benefits.
Smaller Bowel Movements: Dogs digest satin balls much better than they do dry kibble. What this means is less output and smaller bowel movements.
Improves Digestion: Dogs with digestion problems usually do better on satin balls. The food is easier to digest for them and many of the ingredients aid in digestion, such as the fiber found in the oatmeal and total cereal.
Improves Coat and Skin: Satin balls have been proven to reduce skin inflammation. In addition, dogs that eat satin balls have shinier and healthier coats.
Increase Energy Level: With the proper nutrients and proteins, dogs that eat satin balls have an increase in energy level. This is very good considering dogs that are underweight are often lethargic.
Improved Mental Activity: With regular consumption of satin balls, dog owners see their dogs being more alert during training and notice more mental activity.
Nutritional Benefits of Satin Balls
Contains Collagen: Satin balls also have a lot of collagen in them, which aids in the improved function and development of ligaments, bones, and tendons.
High in Vitamins and Minerals: Satin balls are a complete diet, so this means dogs are offered the vitamins and minerals they need in every bite. Satin balls contain potassium, zinc, iron, vitamins A, B5, B6, B8, B12, C, D, E, K magnesium, niacin, selenium, choline, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, betaine, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and copper.
Contains Omega 3 and 6: This aids in joint, skin, and coat health.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits for a dog to eat satin balls, and it isn’t just in the canine weight gain.
Recipe for Satin Balls
Now that you know all the benefits, here is the recipe. Again, as a word of caution, do not use this recipe for puppies. This is a recipe for adult dogs only.
- 10 pounds of hamburger
- Jar of wheat germ (12-ounce jar)
- 1 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- Box of Oatmeal (you want the 1kg box)
- 10 Raw Eggs with shells
- Box of Total Cereal (make sure there are no raisins)
- 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
- Pinch of salt
- 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- Place all the ingredients into a large garbage bag.
- Mix until blended. Think of it as making a meatloaf.
- Divide into individual servings depending on the dog.
Serving Satin Balls
Serve the satin balls raw. As for serving size, it really is about the dog. If it is for canine weight gain, then you want to feed a medium to large size dog about a pound to a pound and a half per day. How much you feed is determined by the ideal weight for your dog.
Many dogs gain weight if you feed them 1 to 2 inch meatballs three or four times a day. You can give a dog several in one sitting depending on how large he is. If you are not trying to create canine weight gain and simply using the recipe for maintenance, such as a glossy coat, give about a 1/4 cup a day.
It is important to never mix dry with raw to prevent stomach upset. Always feed the satin balls at a different time than dry kibble.
Satin balls are a great way to help your dog stay in condition. They have plenty of health benefits for your dog and create an opportunity for canine weight gain. In fact, dogs gain weight very quickly when they are fed this raw supplement. So try this secret recipe to make sure your underweight dog reaches his ideal weight in no time.