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This thread should be more fun!  Any tips on getting your dog to drink more.  We started chemo last Monday.  He actually seems ok so far.  His energy level is good, he looks happy, and will eat but is picky.  He is not drinking much.  Any tips?

Also, I am looking for a home cooked diet without chicken.  Any suggestions?  It's so overwhelming.  I read one study that says low carb high protein is helpful and another that says something different.  I looked at the canned Hills cancer diet but we can't do chicken.  We can't afford to pay a couple hundred dollars for the university vet clinic to put a custom one together with all the other expenses.  

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Glaf Bosco is doing well!! Yeah, being a picky food eater during chemo is not unusual.

Check out Honest Kitchen. It's about as close to "home cooking" as you can get until you come up with some recipes from others. Human grade food and well balanced. Some are chicken free.

Happy Hannah NEVER missed a meal, but for about two weeks during recovery I jad to entice her to drink. While chicken broth worked for some, it didn't for my Happy Hannah, but here's what did! I would put a couple of teaspoons of ice cream in her water, swirl it around and should would drink it! First though, I gave her a couple of teaspoons of ice cream off the spoon first, then guided her nose following the spoon into her water:-)

Does Bosco like ice cubes? You might try freezing ome flavoring and put it in ice cubes...maube even peanut butter.

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We did beef broth in Zuzu's water. You can also get bone broth powder and add that in.
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The Honest Kitchen does make some great healthy broths that dogs love! Adding a little no-salt/low-sodium vegetable broth can help, and some members have suggested using a little Gatorade, but please read ingredients and consult your vet with any concerns.

Some dogs also enjoy chewing ice cubes, which is another way to get water in them!

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Hi!  Thank you all so much for the suggestions!  Those sound like great ideas that might work.  I would have never thought of the ice cream thing!  He doesn't like ice cubes unfortunately but I bet he would drink beef or veg broth!  That sounds perfect!  Also the ice cream idea is awesome!  I'll look at the honest kitchen, thanks for that!  I'm thinking about trying Ollie or the farmers dog.  Has anyone tried that. They are meal delivery services.

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How had I not seen Honest Kitchen before?!  That looks great.  I think I am going to try the fish recipe!  

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Let us know how it goes.

I jave xeen the Farmer's Dog website, but not tried any od it. Looks good though.

And just a hint on the Ho est Kitchen. I get the consistency to the point that I can sort'a make them jnto balls (the size of big "meatballs") because it's easier for them to get it out krf their bowl.

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 I read one study that says low carb high protein is helpful and another that says something different.  

We just talked about that with Dr. Raditic, a vet nutritionist. The low-carb high protein concept resulted from a very small study about dogs with lymphoma. Vet nutritionists say it doesn't have enough data to prove it works. See:

Does a Low Carb Pet Cancer Diet Make a Difference?

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I spoke to my holistic vet about that and she said the same thing.   It's very scary to me that Hills would develop a whole line of food based on such limited research.  I also read that the results were not replicated either.  

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Any tips on getting your dog to drink more.

Um, leave the toilet lid up?

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JET!!!! BEST SOLUTION EVVVVVER!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 BRILLIANT!!! 🙂

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Wow! Some great ideas for drinking on here, thanks for posting! Kylie has always drank no problem, its the eating that has been a challenge, during chemo and currently with her little set back. Love the ice cream idea! She would definitely go for that!

As for the toilet seat idea Jet, Ewwwww  lol

Honest Kitchen looks like a wonderful site! Too bad they don't ship to Canada what-ever

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Hey there Bosco! Hopefully you have sorted out your "drinking problem" but I just saw this and wanted to add to the suggestions. When my Lucy was going through chemo she decided she didn't want to drink water, or any broth or ice cubes but she would eat shaved ice so we got a blender and would make her shaved ice and she would eat a whole bowl full she just loved it. Then I would wrap her in a blanket and hold her because the ice made her shiver. She would have nothing to do with any other form of liquid for over a month and then one day she changed on a dime and started drinking water again. That little nut - I'm sure the chemo and the myriad of other drugs were to blame or maybe she just wanted to change things up. 

I wish I had thought of Sally's ice cream idea, Lucy loved ice cream! 🍦Maybe Bosco would like the crushed ice and if not you can make yourself a margarita! 🍹

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I have a couple of suggestions regarding diet.

First there is a group in Austin Texas, ketopetsanctuary.com that has information on the keto diet for treating dogs with cancer.  Keto is high fat, moderate protean and low carbs.  Raw food diet, carbs only from veggies.  This is the diet I am working towards  

Second, BalanceIT.com has a powdered supplement that you add to your homemade diet.  They have several recipies for chicken, beef and fish, maybe more I don't remember.  

Third, if your pet is battling cancer you have to stay away from grains, carbs except from veggies, kibble.  A raw food diet seems to be the best.  There is another company called HealthyDogma, based here in Michigan, all ingredients sourced from the USA and made in MI.  They have a variety of powdered bases,  to which you add ground meat.  You add the meat to water, heat it until it just starts to brown up a bit,  not boiling, add the powdered  portion turn off the heat, wait for it to rehydrate and pack/freeze it.  My dog loves it.  They also have a recipe that already has freeze dried chicken in it and they also have  suppliments and treats. 

And you should always be adding a good quality fish oil.  Omega 3 is very important.

Forth, right now this is my dogs primary diet, Darwins.  You can do a search online.  Biologically appropriate raw food diets and there are several that require a prescription for specific medical conditions, mine is the cancer diet.  BTW it looks awful but my dog eats it for 1 meal a day.  

Good luck to everyone.

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