What diet should I feed my newly adopted skinny dog?

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    Question: This dog was recently adopted from a
    loving but unsuitable home. She is
    currently being treated for tick fever
    and is underweight. Former vet says
    it is possible that she her weight is
    due to possible coyote heritage and that she may never gain. Current vet doubts
    coyote heritage although admits that
    she looks as if that were the case and
    also says that her weight might be
    natural for her. This dog is skin and
    bones but acts bright, active and
    healthy. She itches a lot. She is
    currently eating Science Diet Senior.
    What should I feed her?

    Thank you for providing this service,
    Kelly Graham

    Sex: Female Neutered

    username: [email protected]

    Pet: Canine

    Breed: Sheltie/Coyote? mix

    Age: 10

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    –I would rule out parasitic, and internal diseases like malabsorption/maldigestion. Try feeding her a higher quality diet with wholesome ingredients such as that from Wysong (# 800 748-0188). Supplement it with digestive enzymes like Rx Zyme from Rx Vitamins, and Nupro from Nutripet. This will provide her with everything her body will need to reach her optimum weight. Although she may have a lean ideal body weight, she should not be skin and bones. Coyotes are not genetically predisposed to being underweight, but rather are generally malnourished and therefore scrawny in appearance.

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