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26 March 2008 - 4:11 pm
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Hey fellow tripawds and people, just want to share this with you all ... 

My mom had been feeding me fish oil pills daily. I didn't like it, but I didn't mind either because there were beef liver treats afterwards.

Two months ago, she discovered some stupid liquid fish oil and had started ruining my meals.  My favourite chicken backs, beef/liver and veggies had all become stinky and yucky.

Oh well, I had put up with that for quite a while since I had been such a good dog. BUT... It was to a point that I just could not stand that anymore ... two weeks ago I started protesting by ... simply not eating the meals (or if I was really hungry, I had a couple of bites and my will power took over).

Hehehe... my little trick had thrown her off balance. She was pulling her hair out trying to figure what was wrong with me. I thought I was smart (NOT!)

Through what she called, I overheard, "process of elimination"... wow! she must be a scientist! She found out the reason.

Yee-haw, I won't need to eat that anymore, I thought. (NOT!)

Guess what? I cannot believe that she could think of squirting the stinky oil into my mouth twice a day! OK. She won this time.

Well ... one good thing is that I will get beef liver treats after every 1-tablespoon ordeal. Better yet, I can enjoy my every single meal untainted.  At least my huger strike wasn't a waste.

Mom told me that, though she won this battle, the ultimate goal was to hope that I would win the war.

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26 March 2008 - 6:56 pm
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I hear ya Genie!

My mom shoves three fish oil pills down my throat every morning – I'm 70 lbs. I don't get the liquid, but sometimes I get a squirt of liquid Metacam if they don't put it on my food. I do get liquid flax oil on my food. That's not so bad. But I like fish! Every other night or so, I get a can of mackerel or salmon with my fresh veggies, cottage cheese and kibble.

I put up with this alright, knowing that it's for the better good. But I have heard some dogs won't stand for it. Lots of yummy treats help! 

Thanks for the update! 

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26 March 2008 - 8:02 pm
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Just wanted to let everyone know that we have heard that giving fish oil at the same time as Vitamin C isn't a good idea. Apparently the two counteract eachother. It's a good idea to give fish oil separately from an antioxidant like C.


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I would put the fish oil gel tabs in something like a small piece of chicken or wrap it in some ham. Timber would just scarf it down, she just swallowed it and never bit into the pills. This made it very easy to give her vitamins and meds. I fooled her good!

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Hi Genie - I'm sorry that you now have to suffer squirty fish oil.  Yack.

I don't mind fishy things too much (especially if they are part of my Mummys dinner because Mummys dinner always tastes nicer than mine and I beg from the side of the settee and she hads over whatever I want.  *sucker*).  In my dinner, about three times a week, I get a tin of sardines.  Sometimes I eat 'em and sometimes I spit 'em out.  But I think I'll start eating 'em all the time because if my Mum catches on to your Mums idea, I too will be in for the squirty fish oil torture Sealed



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To fish or not to fish that is the question.  I can tell you this much after my diagnosis and my pawrents reading this site, my meals are paw licking good.  My mom designed a diet for me following the diet she read Jerry's pawrents were giving him.  Then she also read couple of books that really helped her understand the raw food diet deal better.  Most of them she found following the links that Jerry provides in the site like Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Kaplan.  She also read about the K-9 Immunity through this site and ordered me some (the whole package the K-9 Immunity , the K-9 Transfer and the Omega gel caps).  Like some of you I hate the fish oil gel caps and refuse to eat them, but I do like the fishy taste.  So to make it easy for me and my mom, she just pokes a little hole on the gel cap and squirts it on my meal.  She has also tried liquid oil and I like it.  So far so good.  Jerry gives lots and lots of pointers on different diets that you can his, the BARF diet, the Budwig diet and so many others.  Hope you find one that suits you.


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Hey Kellie, glad to hear you're liking your new diet! I wish more pawrents would catch on to feeding their dogs wholesome, yummy foods. 

The general rule my Mom uses when she makes my meals is, if she won't eat it, I don't eat it. Makes sense, eh? She used to get really grossed out at the raw meat I eat, because she's a vegetarian. But she got over that once she saw how healthy it makes me. Dad is hoping that she will turn into a carnivore, but she says that ain't gonna happen.

My Mom and Dad were wondering how my diet would interact with the chemo I'm now on. I just got back from the oncology vet, and the results are bloodwork came out perfect! I'll write more about that later, but really, what a relief for them to know that my diet and the K9 Immunity stuff is having such a good effect on my health.

If your Mom feeds you mackerel anytime soon, let me know how you handle it. I used to eat it up, but since I went on chemo, it really wrecks my gut! I'm bummed about that, because I love that stinky fish.


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Does anyone know if there's a benefit to feeding both Fish-oil and Flax-oil?     

Sami is my new 4 year old labrador rescue who came to me 2 months ago at 105 lbs.  We've lost about 10 lbs and have 5 more to go.   Currently, I'm feeding 3 fish-oil tabs a day along with Evo kibble and green beans and she looks/feels a lot better than she did when she first arrived. 

Lately I have been wondering if I should be feeding additional flax oil in addition with the fish?  Are there benefits and/or drawbacks to so much oil?  (besides potential runny poo!)    My goal is preventative - she's a big girl and will be subject to joint issues later on.   

PS - guess I'm lucky... she eats the fish oil tabs straight from my hand or mixed in with her food!

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Sami's Mom, thank you for joining us here. Congratulations on your new fur kid!

Her diet sounds great, but you don't mention if Sami is battling cancer or not. Sure hope not, but if she is, then according to Dr. Budwig, healthy doses of flax oil

is the way to go. This article on her blog, Flaxseed vs. Fish Oil can explain why.

Another good article we just found on Fish Oils versus Plant Based Oils (i.e., flax) can be found here.

My diet actually had both. Because I was battling cancer, my pawrents followed the Budwig Diet Protocol  with the hopes that it would kick cancer's butt. I also got fish oil

in the morning only, to cover all our bases. At least that's what my pawrents were trying to do anyhow. Since I lived almost 2 years after my diagnosis (and prognosis of 4 months), my pawrents like to think that this diet of mine had something to do with it. Not being vets or nutritionists, they can't be 100% sure though.

Good luck with Sami, sounds like you two will make a great family!

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Hey there - great job being proactive. I give both my fur kids 6,000 MG of fish oil. Zeus is my cancer survivor and golden retriever - used to be about 75 I keep him at 65 pounds. My oncologist strongly recommended the fish oil (and he is 16 months post amputation with NO CANCER anywhere). I also give it to Buddy who is an 80 pound golden with severe hip dysplaisa in both hips...along with giving him Dasaquin - recommended by an orthopeodic specialist. He is 8 1/2 and we are no where near the surgical option yet. I swear by the fish oil and the Dasaquin. Good luck and congratulations on your new fur baby.

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