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Special Diet during Chemo?
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We are scheduled to start chemo this week and I've been reading about the supposed benefits of grain-free high protein diets?  Did anyone change their dog's diet after surgery and how did it go?  

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Hi Cali,

Yes, many people here do change their dog's diet. Keep in mind that it's important to work with your vet to ensure you're feeding your dog the right kinds of food. Grain-free diets work for many dogs but not all. Just like people, they all have their own needs. You'll find lots of insight about diet and nutrition and what members did in the Tripawds Nutrition blog , and you can see how we adjusted Jerry's diet after his cancer diagnosis as well.

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We went grain free exclusively.  We had been off and on grain free foods before, so it was a familiar food that I knew Otis liked.  During chemo, I generally gave him white rice and boiled chicken day of and for 2 - 3 days after chemo, with more kibble mixed in each day.

His tastes also changed during chemo - where before he would have refused dry kibble without a topper, during and after he seemed to prefer the dry kibble and had no taste for the topper.  I saved a fortune in canned foods.  

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One word of caution on the timing of changing diet.  If you change diet and start chemo around the same time and you have some tummy issues you won't know if it is due to the chemo or the diet change.  Once you know how chemo is going you can slowly change diet.  Also ask your vet about the timing of diet change.

Good luck with the chemo!

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Thanks for the info!  I went to a grain free version of her regular brand and it seems to be ok with her stomach.  Did that a few days ago before chemo since what everyone here said made a lot of sense in knowing the culprit if she had stomach issues.  Eve had her first chemo treatment yesterday at the same time she had her stitches removed and she seems ok, but very tired so far.  Getting her into the car was a challenge!  She weighs 90 lbs and wasn't into me helping her so was super squirmy.  Jumped out just fine though.  I had bought both the ramp (which she completely refused) and the harness which hit her incision and she fought me on anyway.  Hoping she can figure out how to get in on her own or will let me help her!  Here's hoping her reactions to chemo are minimal.

Thanks again,

Cali and Eve

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cali said
I had bought both the ramp (which she completely refused... 

Don't miss these ramp training tips for tripawds in the Tripawds Gear blog .

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