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I had been down with the flu this past week, so I was curled up on the coach and we all napped and lounged the entire day...

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babs2018 said
This is what Food Coma looks like, lol big-grinlaughingheart It seems as though I can't even get through my first cup of coffee in the morning, because these hooligans want their breakfast which typically consist of cottage cheese, egg, salmon oil, kale, shredded carrots, some form of raw meet, and a bit of dry kibble.  #happydogs #happylife 

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LOVE this picture - I love watching my pups in action around the house and yard, but napping dogs are so great - there's such a sense of peace seeing pups napping peacefully. 

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It's been quite a while since I've made Liver patties for the pups.  I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding feeding raw meat to dogs with cancer.  Bubba has been feed  raw meat most of his life and he loves it.  It wasn't until our son introduced us to this form of feeding many years ago.  After considerable research and much skepticism, I made the decision to give our dogs some raw meat once in a while.  Since Bub is accustom to it I figured I would just continue with it.  We do feed a kibble in addition; however, in the morning when they are fed their meat and veggies, the kibble is decreased.  One of my favorite things to give these dogs are fresh raw bones.  Bubba especially loves chicken backs. 

Below is my Liver patties and the dogs absolutely love them.  I know, not very appetizing looking.  These ones are made with pureed chicken livers, beef livers, ground turkey, 3 raw eggs, kale, and carrots.  Made them into patties and froze two to a bag.  Each pup will get one patty for breakfast with either yogurt or cottage cheese and a little kibble. 

Does anyone else feed raw food to your fur babies?  If so, what and how do you prepare meals?  

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http://nutritio.....m/     Goodness gracious Bubba!  🙂 You have your hoomans wrapped epund your paws!!  Your iwn Personal Che, doesn't get in better than that!! 🙂

Their breakfast is definitely the BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS!! 🙂

I don't have any first-hand I sight into  raw dier.  I know pretty much kike everything else, there are pros and  cons, and constantly evolving discussions abput the benefit, or not!

Got to the nutrition blog    and search raw diet and you'll see a lot of information there....some new...some old.

Others will chime in who are proponets of the raw diet and have researched it thoroughly.  Of course, you need ro do your own research and check with experts in the field.  I personally think you are doing an excellent job.of caring for Bubba in all the right ways, always thinking of Bubba's happiness emotionally, physically and yes, spirituality too! 🙂

Hugs and tummy rubs for Bub!

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babs2018 said

Does anyone else feed raw food to your fur babies?  If so, what and how do you prepare meals?    

This looks like a GREAT topic for our Eating Healthy Forum! More people will see it there, especially if you give it a good title.

I'd love to chime in and share our experience (and share this in the Tripawds Nutrition blog too!). See you over there OK?

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babs2018 said
I had been down with the flu this past week, so I was curled up on the coach and we all napped and lounged the entire day...  

Oh no! Hope you're feeling better! Bubba drool is good medicine 🙂

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This sure has been an exciting day for Bubba.  We woke up to another fresh layer of snow.  After his usual lazing around until noon, like clock work, he perked up and wanted to be outside.  He's been extra clingy this afternoon.  I couldn't figure out just what he wanted.  Every time I would start to get involved with anything, like grading papers, he would hop over to me and throw a toy at me.  If I dismissed him for even one second he would start barking at me until I would stop what I was doing and sit on the floor with him.  Finally after a number of rounds of this behavior, then suddenly it downed on me-I hadn't given him his massage today.  I of course obliged and while massaging I discovered a hard lump at the base of his left ribs.  I will for sure have our vet check him out.  

As for now, Bubba is one of the happiest dogs and that is all that matters right now.  Regardless of the outcome of this lump, it does not change anything.  He's happy and pain free.  Happy dog... Happy life...  He loves his massage sessions.

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Bubba, you’ve just given us the ‘trick’ to getting a massage! winker So let me get the rules straight... bring toy, if ignored throw toy and if ignored further bark my head off! Got it! 

Thanks Bubba, I’ll let you know how it works for me k? laughing

In the meantime... fingers crossed for clear lump results! Keep loving that snow Bubba!

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Good job Bubba!   Humans can get so reoccupied sometimes that they forget to give you attention 24/7!!!   The audacity!!   Glad you got your well deserved massage!  You are such a smart boy! 🙂

As far as lumps and bumps, we can go bonkers about those things on this crazy journey!   Almost always a lump is just a lump!   And a lot of "lumps" at the end of the ribcage are often just the "end of the ribcage"   And one side may feel different than the other rib cage kn the other side!   Yep, we see that lot around here!

Bubba is feeling fineand is clearly e joyi g his massage!

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Hey Bubba, come over to our place for extra massages if you're not getting enough! 😉

One of the best benefits of massage beside the obvious, is that you really get to know his body underneath all that fur. Smart to have that lumpy checked out. It's probably nothing at all, but having your vet aspirate it will give you the peace of mind you need to forget about it. 

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Bubba, one of Otis' many tripawd heroes! We're thinking about you but I want to say that the week before we were going in for Otis' amputation I found a lump in the same spot. They biopsied for me while he was under and it was a fatty mass. Nothing to worry about, so I am hopeful the same will be true for Bubs. 

-Camille and Otis

PS- Otis throws his toys at me one by one when I am grading papers! Sometimes it would drive me nuts, but I live for the day when he does it again post amp! Glad Bubba got his massage 😊

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babs2018 said

It's been quite a while since I've made Liver patties for the pups.  I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding feeding raw meat to dogs with cancer.  Bubba has been feed  raw meat most of his life and he loves it.  It wasn't until our son introduced us to this form of feeding many years ago.  After considerable research and much skepticism, I made the decision to give our dogs some raw meat once in a while.  Since Bub is accustom to it I figured I would just continue with it.  We do feed a kibble in addition; however, in the morning when they are fed their meat and veggies, the kibble is decreased.  One of my favorite things to give these dogs are fresh raw bones.  Bubba especially loves chicken backs. 

Below is my Liver patties and the dogs absolutely love them.  I know, not very appetizing looking.  These ones are made with pureed chicken livers, beef livers, ground turkey, 3 raw eggs, kale, and carrots.  Made them into patties and froze two to a bag.  Each pup will get one patty for breakfast with either yogurt or cottage cheese and a little kibble. 

Does anyone else feed raw food to your fur babies?  If so, what and how do you prepare meals?  

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Sebastian is drooling over these pics! He eats raw food in the morning too, but he gets the commercial already made raw food - Darwins. It comes in patties as well, Sebastian eats 2 in the morning. At night, he eats a good canned food that we are able to load with supplements. 

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Took Bubba to the vet to have that lump checked out.  The vet did not feel what I was feeling so we had an X-ray, Ultrasound and labs.  Everything came back clear, no evidence of any cancer anywhere, lungs and organs all look good and his lab values are where everything should be. As for that lump, well it turned out to be the base of his rib and the way he was laying when I massaging him made it more prominent, lol. They really think that the small area that was in his wrist was hopefully isolated and didn't spread.  My vet reminded us that time will tell and just continue to keep him happy.  We still will work on dropping a little more weight so we don't run into other issues like joint and muscle strains.  He's a moose and yes, everyone agrees that dropping a few pounds is a good idea.   I've been encouraged to continue to massage him everyday and keep doing what we are doing because it's working.  Great 1 month Ampuversary present. heartbig-grinclap

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Way to go Bubba! That's excellent news! I'm not sure how long you have been feeding raw, but I think I remember reading that raw diets helps with weight control/loss. And the massages are definitely working!

Keep the good updates coming!

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He's always had a raw diet and is just a big GSD at 106# who LOVES to eat.  He gets around fine now; however, to ensure he continues to be able to walk/hop it's a good idea for him to drop a little weight.  He is slowly and looks fabulous and pretty hearty.  His coat, teeth, and muscle tone is good.  Becoming leaner will only benefit him in the long run. 

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