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Satin Balls – For Ill or Underweight Dogs

March 17, 2011 by · 17 Comments 

If you have a dog that just doesn’t seem to hold its weight, is a picky eater, or has just experienced an illness that left it weakened, making satin balls for your dog can help bring him back to optimal condition.  I have a great dane that frequently fell to illness in her first year, and at 2 years old cannot maintain her target weight.  In all of these situations I used satin balls to help her recover as it was the only thing she would be interested in eating.  Currently she gets 3 satin balls a day with her normal meals to keep her weight stable.

This recipe is designed to put weight on fast, and to be very good for making their coat shiny and soft.  It is high in calories to give them an energy boost that is much needed in times of stress. And most important of all – they are extremely palatable.  These are not a substitute for a nutritionally balanced diet for your dog, but they can be added daily as a supplement and make great treats for training. 

There are three batch sizes listed below to choose from depending on the size of dog and quantity desired.  These hold up well in a freezer in zip-lock bags, just freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before bagging them up.  You can then take out the number needed and defrost them.  Just mix all ingredients together and form them into small balls – no cooking required.  Remember to make each satin ball small, about an inch in diameter, and be sparing in the amount you feed, as it doesn’t take many to get the job done!

Satin Balls for Little Dogs — or to try out recipe on your dog to see if he will eat it.
1 lb cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 and 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 and 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 Tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons unsulfured molasses
Pinch of salt

Satin Balls Half Recipe
5 lbs cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1/2 large box Total cereal (about 6 cups cereal)
1/2 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 7.5 cups oats)
5 raw eggs
1/2 of 15oz jar wheat germ (about 2 cups)
5 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
5/8 cup vegetable oil (this is pretty close to 2/3 cup)
5/8 cup unsulfured molasses
Pinch of salt

Satin Balls Full Recipe
10 lbs cheap hamburger (high fat %)
1 large box Total cereal (about 12 cups cereal)
1 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 15 cups oats)
10 raw eggs
1 15oz jar wheat germ
10 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/4 cup vegetable oil


17 Responses to “Satin Balls – For Ill or Underweight Dogs”
  1. Janette says:

    My dog is allergic to eggs what else can be used in place for eggs in the Satin Balls?

  2. sherri says:

    Is it allergic to commercial egg substitute?

  3. lani says:

    We are in new zealand. What would be the equivilent of the cereal? many thanks

  4. This sounds Great for sick and underweight dogs!!! Thank You for the Recipe.

  5. Twilla boyce says:

    I live in Canada and have had absolutely no luck finding Total brand cereal. I did some research and discovered that Total is wheat based. This is not good for my boxers as they have difficulty digesting wheat and the recipe already has wheat germ in it. I am going to substitute Special K cereal instead. It is rice based. I’ll let u know how it works.

  6. Cheryl Lee says:

    Are Satin Balls safe for pregnant bitches?

  7. sherri says:

    I would rather you asked this of your veterinarian. I don’t want to give incorrect information.

  8. mary ellis says:

    this is similar to what I was given by a professional handler – it was called fat balls. Instead of Total cereal – it used Special K.

    I have a dog that I had to go to raw food due to her losing her teeth due to autoimmune problem that she had.

  9. Patricia Stieglitz says:

    What can be substituted for the Total cereal if my dog is allergic to wheat products?

  10. sherri says:

    Is your dog allergic to just wheat or all grains? I have switched my dogs to a good quality kibble that is grain free. Most lines now carry a “grain-free” option and I didn’t have a transition problem. There are also a number of raw diets. I don’t use them but the breeder I buy from uses Blue Ridge. I haven’t used it so I don’t have first hand knowledge. The breeder swears it is wonderful.

  11. ellie wild says:

    how satin balls do i feed a 9 pound cavapoo and can i feed this to her ? thanks :)

  12. sherri says:

    We would recommend you check with your vet as a cavapoo may react quite differently from our German Shepherds.

  13. Cyndy says:

    I have a 3 lb rescue chi. she is really thin. How many Satin Balls do I feed her.

  14. sherri says:

    Please go to your vet for that kind of advice. We are not veterinarians and would not want to make a recommendation that might be bad for your dog.


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