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Hi, I am a new comer to this site. Ive mostly just been reading around on the forums, but am curious as to what other people might be feeding their dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I have an anatolian/great pyrenes mix who is 3 years old and was diagnosed in august and underwent amputation surgery on his front right leg. He is doing chemo right now and is currently coming up on his 3rd round (out of 5 total). He seems to be doing great and we have been working on losing weight/maintaining his weight since he just loves food so much xD. He was definitely overweight ( around 143) before being diagnosed and now weighs around 128. So hes been doing good with the weight loss but could maybe lose a few more pounds(now that he is on just 3 legs) I do now feed him a mix of orijen kibble and freshpet, and am now trying to dabble in some homemade. I just wanted to know what do you guys feed your dogs that have osteosarcoma? Or if anyone has any tips or advice on his diet or any kind of supplements for this newbie that would be great. 🙂 I will try and figure out how to post some pics of him too
Hi Louiebear and family, welcome. We are sorry you’re dealing with osteosarcoma but glad you found us.
Congratulations on helping him get down to his ideal weight! That is sooo important for good mobility. What does your vet think about helping him drop a few more pounds? I would talk to them so they can guide you on the weight loss. It’s super hard sometimes to help a Tripawd stay slim, because they are naturally getting less exercise than they did with four legs, but as long as you are on top of things you can help him get to be that ideal weight.
As for a cancer diet, we also have some good information for you in our Nutrition blog . See:
When our Jerry was fighting cancer, we fed him a diet rich in meats and minced veggies, along with some basic supplements. We really think that had lots to do with his remarkable longevity of two years post-amputation.
For guidance on what to feed a dog with cancer, we really like the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. The advice is spot-on and many people have used it with great success. The book is a must-have when you’ve got a dog with cancer and are learning the ropes of feeding, supplements, etc.
We would love to hear about what works best for Louie, so please keep us posted. Oh and here’s a post about adding images to the Forums. If you’d like more help just PM me.
Do you know of any good recipes to try for a homemade diet? I met with a holistic vet and she gave me some different stuff to try but I am still not sure of the exact proportions of everything and also all the vitamins.. Its all very confusing to me. I would love to switch him to just homemade but im so scared of messing something up. I feel safer doing some homemade with the orijen kibble so that way i know hes getting the correct vitamins. I just wonder if itd be better to get him off kibble completely? Even if it is a good kibble.
25 April 2007
Do you know of any good recipes to try for a homemade diet?
Check the Tripawds Nutrition blog for numerous helpful diet recommedations. We shared complete details about Jerry’s Osteosarcoma Diet & Supplements, throughout all phases of his cancer journey. Search the Nutrition blog for “cancer diet” to find more helpful tips, and find more dog cancer e-books, podcasts and more in the Tripawds Downloads blog .
Hi, Brownie also has OST Bone cancer. I feed him the diet “feed the dog starve the cancer” . I feed it to all three of mynsogs and they all love it, and do very well. You can Google it or find it in the book “the dog cancer survival guide”. There is also the recipe book “Yin and Yang nutrition for dogs”.
K9 immunity is a great supplement that Brownie takes. It comes in powder or in a treat. You can find it here on the nutrion blog. If you go to the K9 Immunity website they have a simple recipe. It contains meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, eggs, and a apple. I cook the meat in a pressure cooker and it falls off the bone. I take the vegetables (greens, broccoli the best) and put them in a food processor. I then add the eggs and cottage cheese. Mix in the meat and you are done. I put in 3 day serving bowls and freeze.
Hope this helps!
22 February 2013
Frankie and Myrtle were reading this over my shoulder. They’re packing their bags now and said they’ll be at your house by breakfast tomorrow!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
Thanks guys! Brownie, i found that recipe on their website and it helped a lot! My vet had given me a paper with different things to try and to be honest it was all a bit overwhelming and confusing lol. The recipe on that website looked a lot more simple and easy to understand. Thanks so much. We’ve currently been struggling with eating, hes being so darn picky. The other day i slaved over trying to make a batch of homemade food for him, and the little butthead turned his nose up at it😅
We’ve currently been struggling with eating, hes being so darn picky. The other day i slaved over trying to make a batch of homemade food for him, and the little butthead turned his nose up at it😅
Hmm. Some dogs need more time to adjust to eating “real” food but once they get a taste of it, they don’t want to go back. It took our Jerry a while to recognize real chicken versus kibble. Once he did it was all over and I was his personal chef!
Other things you can do are in this appetite tips article, like:
- Don’t hide pills in food (give them in extra tasty treats instead)
- Try feeding off paper plates so his regular bowl doesn’t smell like foods he dislikes
- Sprinkle ground up tasty dog treats on the food you want him to eat.
What Jerry said about hiding pills in the food is so true. I don’t know how but Browne can smell capsules and will tip his bowl over. I always heat the food up in the microwave to warm it. It gives it a stronger smell. Sometimes I will put sardines on top. They like the stinky smell and the omega 3 is good for them.
After brownie’s surgery I had to hand feed for first two weeks.
I also use Orajen kibblen forn a filler because it has a high protein. Just remember cancer feeds off is sugar and carbs so you need to keep as much out of their diet as possible.
I know cooking can be a pain and confusing at first, but now I can do it in my sleep.
Hope your boy starts eating his homemade food soon!