If you put more meat than grain in a food the dog will lose weight regardless.
That might explain why my dogs are LEAN. They are on a completely grain-free diet, as Gage is allergic to every grain I've tried (including oatmeal, flax, rye, and barley). Now that he's older, his allergies are much less severe, and he does get bits of wheat here and there when I give him treats or table scraps. Also, if I'm low on mash and don't feel like making more up, I'll sometimes mix some oatmeal into their food to bulk it up a bit. At this point, I probably could start using grains, but I suspect if grains become a staple allergies will return, and I read that dogs with joint problems (like Angel) should avoid grains?
I do sometimes feel bad that my dogs look so freakin' skinny, but I KNOW they get enough to eat, and the vet says they're perfect weightwise, so I guess it's just that I (and everyone else) likes a roly poly pooch.
A couple questions for you barbponys:
1)I read this big blurb about how people with joint problems should avoid foods from the nightshade family alltogether (eggplant, white potatoes, tomatoes) - would the same apply to dogs? How valid do you think that information is? Angel LOVES tomatoes, and while she doesn't get a lot of them, she does get them once in a while.
2)Any idea why my dogs still poop so much even on raw? Gage poops 4-5 times a day, 1-2 cups a pop. Angel is better with 1-2 times a day, Sugar is usually 2-3 times a day. Their stools are good, firm, not stinky, dry up to a white chalky powder within the day (gotta love raw diet), I just don't get why there's so freakin' much of it!!! Could you imagine the volume of crap I'd be dealing with if they were on a diet with fillers, like a kibble?! YIKES! Seriously though, have you ever heard of raw fed dogs pooping so much? Their diet is abouy 75% RMB, 15% ground beef, and 10% veggies, offal, and fish, etc. They get yogurt, kelp, fish oil, apple cider vinegar, and ginger added to their mash meals.