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cancer dog: cooked, raw, convenience? Alternatives?
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Ok, I realize that probably all has been said on this subject and I did read the nutritions blog. still, I would really like some opinions:

Although late, I did finally come across the Dog Cancer Survival Guide (not available in German, nothing close to adequate available in German, I feel like we are years behind on that subject for some reason) and I started cooking accordingly. Now, I will continue doing just that if that gives us even a theoretical sliver of a chance. However, (apart from it being expensive, not very convenient and time-consuming) I keep reading here about feeding raw, for example. I have looked into TruDog and The Honest Kitchen, which, I gather, are similar to raw. Again, neither brand is available over here.

Sorry if I'm not making sense yet. I guess the questions are: if I go by Dr. Dressler, cooked is preferabe over raw, right? Would I then feed raw-like brands like the ones above? Or are they comparable for the dehydration methods??

Also, if I were to start producing dog food all of the above means (and correct me here), that a dog with cancer would need a different "menu" to a healthy one? But what does a good nutrition-ratio (healthy as well as sick) consist of??

All this coming from somebody who always used to say she would never start cooking for a dog if she can't find time to cook for herself...

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Tina

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I should add: I do understand, of course, that different illnesses require (or prohibit) certain foods (we've been battling thyroid issues for years). I am just wondering about general nutrition ratios (is there a rule of thumb??) and cooked vs. raw, I guess.

Guardian of Manni the Wonderdog. -Or was it the other way around?
Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
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When Murphy was diagnosed, the oncologist told us that he needed to be on a grain-free food.  She explained to me that grains turned into sugar, and that cancer feeds off sugar.  We have 3 dogs and we have always free-fed them.  But we switched Murphy over to grain-free food that we buy at the pet store and we kept Cassie & Max on regular dog food.  We don't cook for him, unless he's just being stubborn and won't eat lol.  We normally buy Blue Buffalo for him - the dry food, although lately we've added in canned food and he really eats better. 

I know some do cook, or do raw.  Some do a lot of supplements.  We haven't. 

Donna

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I keep reading here about feeding raw, for example. I have looked into TruDog and The Honest Kitchen, which, I gather, are similar to raw. Again, neither brand is available over here.

I'm so glad you read the Tripawds Nutrition blog !

Oncologists recommend NOT feeding raw when a dog is going through chemo because of the weakened immune system of the patient. Most vets don't like it even when a dog isn't fighting cancer. But we've had people here do it without any problems, however their dogs were already eating raw before the cancer diagnosis.

guess the questions are: if I go by Dr. Dressler, cooked is preferabe over raw, right? Would I then feed raw-like brands like the ones above? Or are they comparable for the dehydration methods??

Yes, cooked food is preferred in this case. Raw dehydrated food is made with a different process than raw freeze-dried foods, but they are equally nutritious in my opinion. They are a great alternative to feeding fresh raw and have much less risk involved. 

However, if we could do it all over again with Jerry, I would definitely follow Dr. Dressler's nutrition guidelines.

P.S. You are awesome for doing your research even when the material isn't in your native language. Good job mom!

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