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Old 09-20-2013, 11:08 AM
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Default Satin Balls or Fat Balls

Does anyone have a good recipe for Satin Balls?
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:52 PM
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This is the recipe I used:

1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt

Which seems to be the most typical one? It got her to gain weight so that was all I cared about!
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:18 PM
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Thank you so much! Yeah, Lil' Sis is growing like a weed and I'd feel better if she was a little heavier.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:46 PM
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i strongly recommend against putting even so much as 2 ounces of extra weight on a growing dwarf breed
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:58 AM
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Oh, that's interesting. I've never heard that.

I have been told to be careful on stairs and to make sure that she's excercised on grass and not pavement, but I've never had anyone say anything to me about weight on a puppy.

Now, I keep my adult girl very trim and my puppy is on the skinny side, though she does have heavier bone then my adult which could be a part of that.

I'll ask around and get some other opinions on that if you don't mind. Not that you are incorrect necessarily, but I'd rather get that kind of information from people I know face to face who have direct experience with raising cardigan puppies.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:41 PM
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I definitely agree that growing puppies should be kept ribby. They're going to go through growth spurts and level out a little but... growing puppies should be kept thin. It can only help their bones develop normally.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:44 PM
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Yes, puppies of all sorts should be lean.

Danes are a bit different of course but with them Satin Balls are a major no til at least one, probably later.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:49 AM
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Hey guys,

I did ask around because I take this kind of stuff very seriously.

The general consensus is that Cardigans should not ever be allowed to be obese, especially puppies.

My puppy is not in any danger of being obsese and I was told that a few ounces is not going to put her in danger of any kind.

I am not going to give her satin balls, because I was told it puts on weight very quickly and that's not really what I'm going for. I thought maybe if I gave one every day or every other day, it would probably be fine.

But, rather then doing that, I was told that maybe it's just time to increase her food to fit her growth needs.

I will do this carefully and incrementally as I have no desire to injure her in any way.

I appreciate the input very much and I did learn something important. Thank you very much for posting and I appreciate the advice.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:12 PM
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We only did satin balls because trey was so thin in his later years. We were desperate.

I like puppies very lean.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:15 PM
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I am not going to give her satin balls, because I was told it puts on weight very quickly and that's not really what I'm going for. I thought maybe if I gave one every day or every other day, it would probably be fine.
It does put on weight fast. I was giving Juno one a day (just like... small meatball size?) and after 1 week she had put a pound or two back on. That was what I was going for though, I was sick of her ribs and spine protruding!
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