The Science Behind Satin Balls for Weight Gain

 Satin balls were developed by Diana Carreon, R.N.,C. in 1996. According to multiple reviews, Satin balls are the healthiest meal to help dogs with weight gain. Nevertheless, there several Satin ball recipe modifications, made by other people. They replaced some of the components, speculating that some of the original Satin balls ingredients weren’t healthy enough. Although none of those people are vets, nor they provided solid evidence to back up their claims, it’s still a good idea to analyze each of the original Satin balls ingredients.

Satin Balls and Pups Diana Carreon warned that Satin balls aren’t meant for pups. The authors of the website provide an explanation to that fact: “[Satin Balls] contain no additional calcium to offset the increased phosporus from the increased protein in the raw meat”. On the other hand, balanced dog food ensures that the calcium/phosphorus/manganese ratios are kept. Michael J. from Holisticdog then adds that the lack of balance is harmful only for pups, whose bones and joints are developing. Please note that Satin Balls do provide calcium thanks to unsulfured molasses (described below), yet according the two mentioned sources above, that quantity isn’t enough for a dog in the process of bone development.

The Original Satin Balls Recipe As mentioned in the original post by Diana Carreon from 1996: 10 pounds hamburger meat (any kind) 1lg. box Total cereal 1 lg. box oatmeal (uncooked) 1 jar (12 oz.) of wheat germ 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses 10 raw eggs and shells 10 unflavored gelatinen evelopes Pinch of salt Then you mix all the components, divide into ziplocks and put inside the freezer. Thaw and feed raw.

The Science behind Satin Balls Are Satin balls healthy for dogs? How do they contribute to weight gain? Although raw meat and eggs are sources of proteins and fats, dogs need way more than that. Minerals play an important role in muscle tissue formation.

Here’s an analysis of Satin ball ingredients:

Oatmeal According to the holistic veterinarian Randy Kidd, DVM, PhD, it’s highly recommended to add oatmeal (raw or cooked) to pet’s meals. He states: “Besides [oat] nutritional benefits, many other benefits, from nervine to disease treatment, can be realized, too.”

  • - Oatmeal is a source of protein (being composed of about 17% of protein). According to World Health Organization, oatmeal contains the same quality protein as soy, milk or eggs.
  • Fiber: Oat contains soluble fiber that helps to keep cholesterol levels low.
  • Oat contains manganese, zinc, iron, and B vitamins (B5, pantothenic acid, and folate B9)
  • It helps to achieve hormonal balance.
  • It contains low level of gluten.

Wheat germ Wheat germ is used and recommended by many dog owners. Veterinarians approve the usage of the ingredient merely as a source of Omega-3 and -6. Nevertheless, some other official sources point that the mentioned ingredient might be way more than just a solid source of fatty acids. For instance, wheat germ oil blend is listed in as a vitamin source and an ingredient of various medicaments.

Even if wheat germ is nothing more than a source of high-quality fatty acids, the mentioned official source confirm the fact that the ingredient is fit to be consumed by dogs. Wheat germ is a source of Omega-3 and -6 and it serves several purposes, which include: - Skin protection and hydration. Those two fatty acids are also one of the requirements for shiny and soft haircoat. - Energy level and mental activity enhancement.

The veterinarians’ approved website states: “While omega-3 fatty acids may be harder to come by, the benefits are well worth the trouble.” Later, they add: “For most pets eating a commercial diet, an additional daily dose of omega-3s mixed into pet's food will be helpful”

Vegetable oil Yet another rich source of Omega-3 and -6. Flax, soybean and canola oils contain high amounts of Omega-3, while sunflower, safflower, evening primrose, corn and Borage oils are great sources of Omega-6.

Unsulfured molasses Not every kind of molasses is healthy for dogs. Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz, a practicing veterinarian, states that Black Strap molasses is the healthiest choice. Dark molasses contain less sugar than the lighter ones, thus are healthier. Molasses is a source of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Besides that, it’s rich in iron, manganese, selenium and Vitamin B-6. The vitamin B-6 it enhances fat digestion and amino acid metabolism, which might be the main reason why molasses help dogs to gain weight. It’s obvious that Satin Balls aren’t complete without unsulfured molasses. Dr. Flansburg-Cruz states that “The combination of minerals and other nutrients are difficult to top and there are many applications for its use.” Ironically enough, this ingredient is often overlooked.


Unflavored gelatin The Canine Cookbook states that “Carnivores would normally get gelatin from eating fresh kill”. Gelatin contains collagen, which is essential for the developments of ligaments, tissues, bones, tendons and skin. The amount of gelatin that should be added to the Satin Balls depends on the weight of the dog. The gelatin container should have the information to calculate the right amount of gelatin.

Pinch of salt Although the excess of salt is dangerous, there’s a minimal amount that should be given to dogs. The excess of sodium is called Hypernatremia and can be diagnosed and treated by your veterinarian.

In Conclusion Satin Balls contain minerals and other microelements that proved to be healthy for dogs. Although there’s no evidence that Satin Balls can be used as full meal replacement without long-term negative effects, they can be definitively used as a food supplement. If the dog needs to gain weight, Satin Balls include various nutrients that help to achieve that goal. Please keep in mind that if your dog has any allergies, or any other medical conditions, you should seek advice of a licensed veterinarian before you implement the Satin Balls in your dog’s diet.



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