How to put Weight on your Dog – Satin Balls Recipe


Keeping weight on some poodles and doodles can be a challenge they can be picky eaters. Also if your dog ever gets worms they may lose weight and  you may need to play catch up once you treat them to get weight back on them. Also breeding females while breastfeeding can lose weight and this recipe can help.

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One of the best ways to put weight on a dog is with something called “satin balls”. You can find the recipe on many sites on the internet. Some people use it to put weight on their dogs before dog shows, but it’s especially good for emaciated dogs and dogs who won’t eat. It’s high in fat so it puts on weight quickly, but it’s also got other ingredients to make it a total diet so it can be fed alone or as a supplement.

Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will love you forever and forever!

Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs – Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish.

Youtube Satin Balls Video

Step 1: Gather ingredients


  1. 1 small bowl
  2. 1 large bowl
  3. 1 large bucket (if needed)
  4. Whisk
  5. Gloves
  6. Measuring cups



  1. 6 Raw whole Eggs (Any)
  2. 1/2 cup of Karo Light Corn Syrup (I use light, you can use Dark or Molasses)
  3. 1/2 cup of Dyne, High calorie supplement (You can use oil instead)
  4. 3 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. 1 tbsp of Raw Honey (Optional)



  1. 5 cups of Oatmeal (slow cooking or instant)
  2. 2 cups of Wheat Germ
  3. 2 cups of Greek Yogurt (Plain)
  4. 4 pieces of chicken liver, chopped finely (Optional)
  5. 4 packets of Knox Gelatine Unflavored


LARGE BUCKET: (if needed) put mixture in followed by 5 lbs of Raw Hamburger, cheaper = fattier. Put gloves on and mix until everything is blended well together.

Roll into meatball forms (size appropriate for your dog) and place into zip lock or sandwich baggies then place in the freezer. You can use an ice cream scooper for more accurate sizes.

When serving, feed as is, do not thaw. Dogs will have no choice but to chew the satin balls slowly and safely: Not chewing can cause gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Estimated is 14 to 16 satin balls, but depends on size and if you added other ingredients. I did not add Total Cereal because one of my dogs is allergic to so much grain.

You can add other ingredients such as Echinacea, Show Stopper, Omega 3, Flax Seed, Kelp, etc. I normally add these but didn’t have any at the time. Have fun!

DISCLAIMER: If your dog has allergies to any of the ingredients listed, do not use them. Please consult your veterinarian or canine nutrition consultant if you have questions about wether or not these are appropriate for your pet. This video is not intended to be a discussion about whether or not to create satin balls, it is simply a recipe if you do choose to.

Alternative recipe: 


10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

Small Dog Recipe

However, if you just want to try them out or have a small dog, I recipe this scaled down version (1/10th or the original).

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

The only thing I suggest you change is the oil; vegtable oil has no health benefit, so substitute it with an oil that does (like flax seed oil which is high in healthy omega 3s).

Munch! Munch!


You can form them into balls like the name suggests. I prefer patties though because they are easier to stack in the freezer that way.

How much you put in each serving really depends on your individual dog… you can make 14 patties out of the smaller portion recipe




– My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.

– The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days…that’s why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let Satin eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!

– I just find that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement. I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite…no picky eaters here.

– Just don’t try to hide it in the kibble…they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls! My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls…not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I save money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.

– I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin. Since this is high in Vitamin C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don’t seem to mind the added flavor.

– I am also adding Flaxseed oil. They probably don’t need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.

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  1. Sea Wolf04-04-16

    I hope you realize that, by altering the original recipe the way you have, that your recipe is no longer a complete diet nutritionally. The Total is in there for a reason as well as the molasses. If a dog can not handle the Total then you simply just find something else to feed them. Adding other ingredients is also tampering with the original nutritional profile. You have copied and pasted comments about the original recipe from other pages and added them as if they were about your own recipe. You seriously need to reconsider and rewrite your page honestly before you make someones dog quite ill. You at least posted the original and correct recipe, but taking the comments from another page (and they were referring to the original recipe) and adding them as if to indicate your own concoction is wrong.


    Terry G

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