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23 July 2018 - 11:25 pm
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The k9 website said that dogs should eat aprox 2% of their bodyweight each day.  I assume this works when feeding things like meat  etx... I find it hard to calculate feeding when using a kibble and adding meat, sardines.. etc etc..

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My doc referred us to a nutritionist service through Cornell University when we asked that, as we feed a homemade diet.  It was an email consultation, and as I remember, reasonably priced compared to all the other stuff we pay for.

With all that was going on, we never did it.  I guessed awhile back about what amount we should feed, don't even recall how I got there because we've worked through a couple of diet approaches.  But we use the Dog Cancer Diet now and follow the recipe pretty closely, so I am assuming this means it is balanced and healthy--plus Fallon and Maggie's weight has been stable and they are healthy and happy, so I think we guessed correctly. 

Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

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24 July 2018 - 11:21 am
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Keep in mind that feeding amounts found on food bags, etc., are only general guidelines. Every dog is different, has different metabolism, activity levels, etc. Whenever you are unsure or trying to add different things into meals, it pays to work with a veterinary nutritionist to come up with an appropriate amount that's just right. We played a guessing game with Jerry's diet (there was no Dog Cancer Survival Guide back then) and if we had to do it over, we would definitely pay for a custom meal plan.

These two interviews have similar but different perspectives about home made diets for pets:

Learn Pet Cancer Diet Basics from a Vet Nutrition Expert

The How To’s of Home Cooked Raw Food for Cats and Dogs, with Judy Morgan DVM

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24 July 2018 - 11:23 am
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very helpful  thanks for sharing

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24 July 2018 - 11:26 am
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If I may add also.. when going by guidelines on bags/cans of dog foods whether they be regular store bought or prescription, they always measure to the higher of whatever the serving should be (ie. most animals would be fat if they followed the guidelines)


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Grr.. hit enter too soon.. Jerry I love your thoughts on a custom meal plan made by a professional. I know it is so important not only for the humans fighting cancer, but tripawds have to be so careful about their weight. Dog food companies sell dog food.. and I always told people to start middle of the road with whatever the serving should be and try to work it out so that they would not get fat.

The cancer diets are all your specialties.. I admire all the research you do!


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I count calories. 

When I decided to get the dogs off kibble as their main food source I first calculated the number of calories they were getting a day, they were at a good body weight and I wanted to keep them there.  I accounted not only for their meals but also snacks and treats. 

Once I know how many calories they can get a day then I can pretty much make any diet work.  When quad-Pug Tani was getting older and having more health challenges, including cancer, I worked with a holistic vet to determine what foods to feed her and approximate percentages of each type of food and then I calculated the amounts of each item based on the total calories she could have in one day.

Of course you have to make adjustments for activity level, age, etc.

I've found that when using kibble I fed less than the lowest suggest serving amount on the package.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


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