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Feeding Raw During Chemotherapy?
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28 May 2021 - 11:10 am
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Hi friends, I was wondering if anyone who is treating their post amputee dog with chemo (Carboplatin - I.V.) is feeding their dog raw food?  Our boy Ryder just received his 1st dose (of 6 total) yesterday.  We feed raw and the Oncologist said that she would recommend NO raw food as he will be immune compromised and subject to infection from possible salmonella, etc.  We are currently giving Ryder traditional chinese medicines to combat the cancer and enhance his immune system.  I firmly believe that raw is actually best for digestion and absorption of beneficial nutrients rather than kibble.  Any experience in this situation?

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28 May 2021 - 4:05 pm
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Hi Georgiana,

Well congrats on Ryder knocking out that first chemo session! How is he doing? I hope it's smooth sailing! 

Your onco vet is right: a dog's immune system is indeed compromised and not able to fight off infection as well as before. So yes, most recommend waiting until chemo is over to resume raw feeding. Dr. Sue Ettinger, co-author of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide , also discourages raw for the same reasons. She encourages lightly cooking a dog's food while they're going through chemo. Kibble isn't necessarily the only other option. Plenty of other foods are out there that aren't dry kibble, or raw.

Some members have gone against their onco vet's advice and continued feeding raw, because it was all their dog had eaten their whole life. That does make sense in my non-vet mind, and I can't recall anyone's dog with cancer having an issue in this situation. But only you can decide if it's worth the risk to continue feeding his usual diet. 

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Thanks for the response Jerry.  

The only thing that we have noticed that is different for Ryder is that he didn't have as much energy during swim therapy today.  He quite vocally told the swim therapist, in no uncertain terms was he going to make another lap of the pool after having completed 3 sets of 4 laps each!  He was done.  We are watching him very carefully and keeping his potty breaks separate from puppy Grace.  (She thinks that he leaves her tasty treats on the lawn...;-(

I will look into some of the lightly cooked commercial foods available and get him started on that food.  Ryder too has only eaten raw food for almost 7 years now.  He will be 8 on August 27th.  

Ryder remains happy and enthusiastic about meals so far.  One chemo session down, 5 to go!

Have you heard of the Joe Tippens Protocol for treating cancer?  It uses fenbendazole, curcumin and Vitamin E. 

I have just downloaded the PDF version of Dog Cancer Survival Guide and looking forward to learning more about how to help Ryder through this chapter in our lives.


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28 May 2021 - 8:43 pm
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You are doing such a good job of finding  them best way,to support Ryder and keep him strong and fit,

Have not heard of Joe Tippen's protocol specifically,  so no help there.  And as Jerry said as far raw diet, many continue  with that based on their specific needs of their dog.  At the same  time Onco's do generally suggest staying away from it, I guess due to possibility of  bacteria or salmonella maybe?  Guess it comes down to what you think is best for Ryder and most comfortable going forward with overall. 

The Dog Cancer Survival  Guide is sich an excellent  resource.  It was authored by two Veterinarians with,  to some degree  two different approaches that can actually  compliment each other.  Kind of Eastern meets Western.

As far as Ryder letting it  be know . he as not up for overdoing it jn the pool today, good for him.  And good for uou for listening!.  Yes, chemo can kind of take their energy down a  notch or two for a couple of days after the dose.  So maybe next time you can arrange the swim therapy at least several days out from the chemo.  

All j the above just in the FWIW category😎


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Ryder is a ROCK STAR! Wow that's pretty cool he was even feeling good enough to do water therapy. I hope he continues without any issues!

Have you heard of the Joe Tippens Protocol for treating cancer?  It uses fenbendazole, curcumin and Vitamin E. 

Yes, I have. This is the "miracle cure" about human cancer patients being cured with a dog dewormer known as fenbendazole and panacur. While some studies from 20 years ago showed that it stopped tumors in mice from growing, it hasn't been proven as a "cure." It's good to know about things like this and even better to ask your oncologist if you are interested. Here's a good interview with one onco vet about this protocol:


I'm glad you got the Dog Cancer Survival Guide , it's awesome! There are some home cooking recipes in there that are super easy. Let us know which ones you try and how Ryder likes them. And hopefully Grace won't like what comes out the other end after he eats it (eeew!).

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