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First, congratulations on your new addition!
Can you please tell me what diet he is on (the brand and specific variety) and what his ideal weight would be?
OK please bear with me while I calculate his kcal/day and the kcal/ cup of the diet...
Total kcal/day should be about 750 kcal/day maintenance. The diet is 370 kcal/cup so if you feed 2 cups daily and then supplement with a meat within the meals (for example, ground bison meat cooked) to add additional calories you should reach his ideal weight readily
Also adding in the yogurt and egg. I am not sure the almond butter is ideal but using a low salt chicken broth is fine as well
Once you reach his ideal weight then you can taper on the other ingredients to ensure he doesn't gain too much weight
You can also add in fish oil 750 mg EPA & DHA daily which is a good fat that will help with calories, coat, joints, immune system as well
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You can definitely use your supplement but the primary focus is the EPA & DHA concentration
Some human supplements are low in this
If you have the bottle I can help you calculate his dose...
The EPA & DHA should be on the ingredients list per capsule
You might need to start on a lower dose and titrate up, it can initially cause loose stool in some pets due to it being so rich
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You can give your supplement
If you can get the bottle and list the EPA & DHA per capsule I can assist in his daily dose
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