Add Weight to Your Dog Naturally With Satin Balls

Many dog owners struggle on a regular basis with why their healthy dog simply won’t gain weight, no matter what they try. Many dog owners start adding loads of table scraps, in addition to their dog’s regular food, in hopes of getting their dog to gain a couple of pounds, but what they don’t realize is that this disrupts proper nutrient utilization, which could have just about the same digestive negative side affects as greatly increasing the recommended feeding guideline of their dog’s regular food. Solution? Start adding Satin Balls to your dog’s daily diet, and watch the pounds start adding on…but be very careful, as Satin Balls WILL add weight rather quickly.

It’s important to know that Satin Balls be fed raw and not cooked. Satin Balls are nutritionally complete and can be either given as a treat or fed over long periods of time. This recipe can also be used for dogs who are recovering from an illness, with little to no appetite. I’ve never known a dog to turn down Satin Balls! Makes a great stuffing for kongs and marrow bones too!


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 unsulfured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

Thaw as needed and feed raw!


“I take a frozen pack to dogs’ shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat of Texas summers…”

“All my dogs go crazy over this stuff…but you have to be careful, it will put weight on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough….I feed a pack a day…half in am , half in pm.”

“When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven’t got to the point where they won’t eat anymore, and believe me, Satin has eaten a lot at one setting. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that’s all I have).”

“The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof (not that Belgians need any more energy).”

“The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when she in on the food (I long ago stopped trying to “bury” it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite.”

Comments by Dog Owners Who Feed Satin Balls

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. 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.

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

Learn more about feeding your dog a raw diet here.

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5 Responses

  1. Melissa says:

    Hi! I have tried this recipe and my dogs LOVE it! I have managed to finally feed them enough of it to where they will stop eating. THe only problem is that my male geman shepherds still is NOT gaining weight on it! I have taken him to the vet; had stool samples checked; etc. no health problems; it’s just that he is a high energy dog that runs a lot (we have several acres fenced in). There is no weight problems with my other dogs or shepherds; we also free feed food 24/7 and in addition I feed Logan 2 extra times a day. So far he is eating 2 pounds of the Satin Balls a day along with 6 pounds of dry food mixed in. I watch him consume all of it; but he has only gained 2 pounds in 6 weeks. I tried increasing the amount of the Satin Balls but he won’t eat any more; when he is full he stops eating. The vet had me put him on a high protein diet for 6 months but to no avail so now they have had me put him on Puppy Food. I was giving Iams but have switched to Flint River Ranch Puppy Food but still no weight gain. He acts fine, runs plays, etc.; but his ribs are badly showing and he looks emaciated! It makes me sick to see him and the vets are baffled….any tips for getting him to gain weight? Table scraps haven’t worked either and neither has a totally barf diet.

  2. Melissa says:

    Also on another note; he has finally been put inside a 60×80 foot dog lot to minimize his running to try to get some weight on him! If you have any suggestions at all please email me at

  3. Jennifer Kelly says:

    A year ago we adopted a badly abused female great dane, Luna. She came to us at around 100 lbs and we nursed her up to around 125 but suddenly about 4 months ago she started rapidly losing weight and refuses to eat many days. We’ve run tests but the only thing the vet can find is heart worms which we knew she had when we rescued her. Recently we moved to an all canned diet but after about six weeks she got to where she wouldn’t eat everyday. It is getting to be very difficult to get her to eat at all some days. Today I mixed up a half batch of this stuff and she actually danced in the kitchen as I was making it! I gave her a pound and a half but was afraid to give her more as in the past she has eaten so much of things she’s thrown it all back up. Then she won’t touch it at all anymore. Our other two rescues are standard weight on Nutra Large Breed but Luna won’t touch it. She has energy, likes to play, clear eyes, the only other symptom we can list is that she loses her hair by the handfuls and this is with daily doses of olive oil. The vet says its a late shed and that all heartworm positive dogs do this. We do have her on preventative, but opted not to treat the heartworms as she can’t be kenneled at the vets. She won’t let a stranger near her kennel and she refuses to eat or go to the bathroom. At home or out and about, she may give a warning growl around strangers, but as a rule she ignores them. But once she’s kenneled or off leash, she is aggressive. We aren’t sure what to do. The vet is baffled. Hopefully this will solve our problem and our 80 lbs. girl will get back up to 125/130.

  4. Lesa Neal says:

    I starting feeding my now 7 month old pitbull satin balls approximately 3 weeks ago. Since he has been eating them he has had chronic diarrhea. I was told and have read online that satin balls don’t produce diarrhea. What could be causing this problem? I cut back on his kibble when I started him on the satin balls. I would like to continue him on the satin balls because he looks and acts great all except the diarrhea. Is there an alternative recipe? Could he be allergic to something in them? Help!!!!

    • Bree says:

      Lesa…I would suggest feeding the satin balls separately from your dog’s kibble. Raw and kibble digest differently, and this could very well be the cause of his diarrhea! Please let us know how this suggestion works!

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