How to put Weight on your Dog – Satin Balls Recipe


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 Keeping weight on some dogs especially some of our picky eaters can be a bit of a challenge at times.

This is a recipe for “Satin Balls” which is a popular recipe amongst dog breeders and show dog owners to help put weight on dogs “quickly” (when needed). 

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Some people use Satin Balls to put weight on their dogs before dog shows, after health issues, picky eaters or as a supplement for pregnant and nursing dogs.

Satin Balls are high in fat but also have ingredients to make them a whole meal so can be fed alone or as a supplement to their regular diet.  Be careful not to overfeed which can cause tummy issues like gas and loose stools. 

Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will LOVE YOU ❤  forever and forever!

Youtube Video: Watch how it’s done on Youtube: Satin Balls Recipe for Dogs!

Step 1: Gather the 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, but you can use Dark Karo or Molasses)
  3. 1/2 cup of Dyne, High calorie supplement
  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! 

Alternative recipe: 


10 pounds hamburger meat 
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
1 pinch of salt

Small Dog Recipe

If you just want to try them out or have a smaller dog, Here’s a scaled down version.  

(1/10th of the original).

1 pound hamburger (pick the one with the highest fat percentage)
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
1 Pinch of salt

Munch! Munch!

You can form them into balls like the name suggests or patties.  You can store them in ziploc baggies in the freezer and thaw them when you’re ready. 

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

Other Options for Weight Gain! 

You can also use a meal topper like Stella and Chewy’s dehydrated chicken meal toppers mixed in with their kibble and warm water.
This one is JUST chicken freeze dried whole pieces. They also sell patties. This helps to make their dog food more appealing while also adding more calories.

Stella and Chewys Chicken Meal Toppers for Dogs

Another option is the Honest Kitchen Raw dehydrated dog food... which makes a mush you can mix in with warm water and your dogs kibble.  Even my picky girls will lick the bowl clean! 

Honest Kitchen Raw Dehydrated Chicken food for dogs

DISCLAIMER: If your dog has allergies to any of the ingredients, obviously do not use them. You can substitute some of the ingrediants. Please consult your veterinarian or a canine nutrition consultant if you have questions about wether or not these are appropriate for YOUR DOG. This post is not intended to be a discussion about whether or not you SHOULD use satin balls OR NOT, it’s simply a recipe you CAN USE if you’d like too. There are other ways to put weight on your dog. Do your research.


– — 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 the balls in their 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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