is Satin Balls safe for puppies ? Kaylee really needs to put on some weight ... Was thinking about doing a cycle (10 days) of Satin balls to help get her more interested in food and hopefully put on a couple pounds!
I think I'd use a little of the satin ball in the food (kind of crumble it up and squish it in) to entice eating, instead of using it as the entire diet for a puppy.
The key to the Satin Balls is the high fat concentration in the meat. I don't think Turkey would do it. Not enough fat, and the point is to get the dog to gain weight. Also, the Wheat Germ adds a ton of necessary vitamins.
It's a "complete" diet......and is often used for dogs who won't eat due to illness, after surgery, and those who desperately need to gain weight.
One other important thing is to use the BEST oil you can find. Grape Seed Oil is recommended by the person who put together the recipe, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the second choice.
Oh and Total Cereal has a lot of vitamins too. More than others do.
There are also smaller recipes.........not the whole 10 lbs at once. You can do a "trial" recipe, a half-recipe, or the whole thing.
Here's the link to the three recipes (for small dogs...or trial amt, 1/2 amount, and full amount):
I tried the Satin Ball recipe for my Bernese Mtn. Dog this weekend. He is a lean 97lbs though he looks much bigger due to his coat. I have always been able to feel his ribs and every backbone.
With a recent increase in heat, he has started eating only one meal per day. So, I decided to go with the Satin Ball recipe to see if it would encourage his appetite. I wanted 70/30 hamburger but only found 80/20 and used 2lbs, cutting all the ingredients by 1/5. I used extra virgin olive oil for the vegetable oil. 2 large packets were made and refrigerated.
On Sunday, he didn't eat his morning kibble. So, on Sunday afternoon, I gave him half of one pack. He readily gobbled it up. On Monday morning, he was waiting to eat, so I gave him the rest of the first pack. Monday evening, he's waiting again to gobble it up. And this morning, I gave him the rest.
I'll give him his kibble back tonight. I may continue with Satin Balls as a weekend meal or as treats.
This might sound..well..I'll just ask...how big are the balls?:blush:
I mean, like, are they like big meatballs? Or like smaller swedish type meatballs? Also, can you give them frozen on a hot day? Or do you thaw them out before feeding them?
I didn't make mine into balls. I put them in quart freezer bags and flattened out the mixture as if I was going to freeze hamburger meat. I considered each bag to be two meals and fed half in the morning and half in the evening. I just fed him by hand and gave him chunks to eat. If I was going to use them as treats, I would make them in to small meatball size portions. I fed it thawed.
If you go to the following link, go to the "Flavors" tab, then the "Whole Grains" flavor. From that page you can open the nutritional info so you can the find a local cereal brand that is 'packed' with the vitamins & minerals simular to our US version.