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Diet for a brand new Tripawd
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3 February 2017 - 2:49 pm
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Tripawd fam,

Violet just had her surgery yesterday and is coming home today, woohoo!

I am wondering if any of you found it beneficial to change your tripawd's diet after surgery? We currently do Merrick grain-free food and she likes it just fine, but would it be better to incorporate more raw foods or some kind of natural supplements? Any advice is totally welcomed as I'm brand new to this.

My mom fed our dogs on the BARF diet when I was growing up, and I know that's obviously very good for them. However, I know that going full BARF can be extremely spendy. Looking for some affordable options.

Thanks!

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3 February 2017 - 3:00 pm
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Kate said
...would it be better to incorporate more raw foods or some kind of natural supplements? Any advice is totally welcomed...

Please see the Tripawds Nutrition Blog for many helpful diet and supplement recommendations. Merrick Classic is great because they even use quinoa instead of potatoes. (FYI: Quinoa is a seed, not a grain, the plant is a relative of spinach, beets and chard.)

A grain-free diet is indeed best for tripawds living with cancer since cancer feeds on carbs. Wysong Epigen goes as far as removing all starch!

Dog Food Advisor is an excellent resources for researching any diet changes.

Check out Jerry's Diet and Supplements.

Here's just a few more links from a quick search of the Nutrition Blog :

Grain Free Kibble Options for Fighting Dog Cancer

Wysong Epigen, a High Protein Kibble Alternative

Grain Free Kibble Options for Fighting Dog Cancer

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Admin gave you some great links!!! I will tell you, personally, I did switch Shelby to a grain-free diet post cancer diagnosis. I am not a vet but I did get her off all carbs or sugar-based foods once we found out but still had the occasional dog cookie from time to time! 🙂 

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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Thank you guys!

I will need to try the Merrick Original--she has been on the other recipes, so we'll transition her to to original. 

She also has very dry skin, as I am seeing even more now that she's shaved from surgery! I'm researching using fish oil for her to help combat that. Or maybe even raw eggs. Have you ever given those to your dog?

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Effie takes fish oil every day. She loves it.

For food, we buy Simply Nourish Grain-Free from Pet Smart. Comparatively pretty affordable.

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If you want to feed eggs definitely only the yolks, the egg white prohibits I think calcium intake. I was thinking of feeding that too but stayed away because I was afraid of potential salmonella. 

Fish oil is great and I also use linseed oil. 

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Osteo and amputation in Dec 2015. Second, inoperable, primary osteosarcoma found in June 2017.
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Shelby did use fish oil for help with re-growth of the fur too (I didn't really notice it working but I am sure it helped w/the itchies). 

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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