This is probably the wrong place to post this but i figured more people might see it.
I need some advice on feeding a severely emaciated dog. Basically he was a stray, though by his temperament and the way he responds to people he was most definitely someone's pet at one point in his life - have had an argument with a guy who said he was his owner but who then later denied it. He is literally skin and bone, his spine, hip joints, ribs are so clearly showing that it is painful to look at him. He does seem very unsteady on his legs, his back legs give way at times - and am not sure if that is weakness or a problem with the legs. Guess will find out in time. He has responded ok to me because have seen him off and on for a period of a few weeks and have been trying to put food out for him whenever possible.
What i was wondering is does anyone have any experience of feeding and building up a dog in this condition? Are two or three small meals a day the best way to go, or one main meal during the day - although am not sure his system can cope with a normal size meal at the moment. Would anyone have any advice on whether I should add anything to the meals apart from meat for extra nutrients and so on? And whats the timeframe for doing this at a rough guess - I dont want to overfeed him and cause more problems. I am thinking it will be a slow process.
The local vet is great but nutrition is not a speciality of his. This dog has an amazing temperament and his spirit seems unbroken despite what he has been through, he is starting to play or try to with my other dog and seems to thrive on attention. Plan on trying to build him up and see if can find him a good home, though people here only seem to go for pure breeds so I already know he will almost definitely be staying. The joys of housetraining - had forgotten how much I hate that - and with a former street dog that joy is multiplied many times over!
On a side note this will probably sound really, really stupid but I lost Sam,my
revious dog, to illness not long ago and feel guilty having a strange dog in the place so soon. I knew that at some point I would have another dog, not least because Amy my other one LOVES dogs, but was not planning on it so soon. Almost feels like a betrayal if that makes sense, and am not sure if am emotionally ready for it yet, can't even begin to think of names.
Thanks in advance - and I hope people dont think its wrong of me to ask for advice as I hardly ever post here.