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Brooklyn's 3 days post surgery-Does he need a special diet?
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17 January 2014 - 8:39 pm
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Hello everyone!  Brooklyn's surgery went really well.  He has bruising which tears at my heart.  Other than that he is hoping along rather swiftly, which is also stressing me out because I fear that he is going to slip and fall.  I actually broke out in hives last night due to all my worrying.  When does the worrying lessen?  Also, should I be giving him anything special food wise another than his regular food?  He is happily eating his regular food but I want to make sure I am doing everything I should be doing.   

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18 January 2014 - 7:04 am
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Hey there. I'm curious about the same thing. Unfortunately, Winnie is only eating things I cook at the moment - she's always been picky. I'm going to talk with my vet's nutritionist in Tuesday and will let you know what I learn! 

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I know - the bruising is hard to look at it. Shelby is 10 days post amp and her bruising is almost gone. I don't know if they recommended ice packs for you but if he can tolerate that, might help. Otherwise, a tip I found here was to photo it daily so you can see the improvement! I worry too when Shelby gets moving quickly. Is he front or rear amp? I have heard it's easier for them to go faster on 3 legs. My worry is  also that she will break another limb! Try and stay calm!!!


That is fantastic that he eats his normal food! WOW! Shelby will eat hers but prefers that I add something extra, which I do. She always sniffs and then looks at me so I have been adding some cooked chicken or beef. Or pure pumpkin but we're weaning off of that. Good luck! Sounds like he's doing amazing.


Alison and Shelby

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife


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18 January 2014 - 11:37 am
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So glad to hear Brooklynis ho e and on the road to recovery!

I'ms ot sure that we actually start to "worry less" r we just adjust to it and don't notice t anymore!! But yeah, as recovery progreses in the next wee or so, you will adjust and start letting go f concernes and realy start enjoy g beng in the moment with Brooklyn! In fact, maybe you can start that exercise now and get a head start!winker

There is soooooo mich i formation on nere about nutrition and eating healthy. Here are several nutritional diets in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide that are especially geared towards our tripawd dogs on this journey. The computer geeks will post the links when they see this.

As far as eating during the first weekor so, many dogs will be "picky" because of the meds snd possible pain. The consensus is pretty much feed them whatever tey'll eat during this dogs, cat food, etc. F course, boiled chicken is always good but many times they won't even eat that. My "plus size model" Happy Hanna had no problem decouringnher meals in bed. But she just would not drink water! I tried chicken broth, etc. Fi aly, I started mixing in a scoop of ice cream to get her to drink!

Many of us here use Ho est Kitchen and mix in various meats, etc. Also, EVO makes a grain free almost zero carb. dry. Anyway, really, just search the site and you'll find the best information available. There may even be a link to The Dog Cancer Survival Diet on nere.

Oh eah, and the moving too fast.....tripawds need tl move faster in order to have the momentum necessary for walking. I know there's a balance that must be struck when they are first recovering, but that's why you're seeing them pick up speed.

The very, very best wishes for a smooth recovery and for bucket loads of their sparkle t come back bigger and brighter than before!clap

Love and hugs!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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!

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18 January 2014 - 4:54 pm
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Since every dog has different nutritional needs it's always good to talk to your vet first. But of course as many of us have figured out, vets often don't have good answers themselves and many still tend to rely on pet food industry-sponsored information. You really have to do your homework to figure out what's best for your dog. If you're fortunate enough to have a nutritional specialist in easy reach that's great!

Here are some posts that may help:

Tripawds Nutrition Blog: Diets & Nutrition Posts

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