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The Link Between Diet and Domestication, or Is My Dog Designed to Eat Grains?
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New York, NY
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11 June 2013 - 2:29 pm
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Since we all talk about diet around here so much, I just wanted to share this article I read to you guys:

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo

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11 June 2013 - 2:45 pm
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Thank you, Erica!

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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11 June 2013 - 3:00 pm
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It's funny that we were just talking about this in the other thread, "Do dogs need vegetables?" Once I learned that cancer cells have a high demand for glucose my focus after Athena's cancer diagnosis pretty much became finding the lowest carb dog food I could afford. I am thinking about introducing some cruciferous vegetables to her diet, maybe even I'll start eating them also. winker

04/09/13- OSA Diagnosis ~ 04/23/13- Left Forelimb Amputation ~ Carboplatin Chemo (6 total)


July 2006-November 18, 2013

I will always love you, Athena.

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11 June 2013 - 3:08 pm
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Great article.  Thanks for sharing


Michelle & Sassy


Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013

05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."

Lancaster, PA
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11 June 2013 - 5:09 pm
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I LOVE this article. It's so great to see scientific research into dog nutrition. I crave more clap

We were just discussing in the veggies thread how proponents of raw/low carb diets point to wolves and say "because dogs ancestors eat this way, dogs should too". My biggest pet peeve.. Dogs aren't wolves! Dogs evolved as scavengers.

Bottom line remains: those of us here do the best we can to provide a great diet to our babes. I want more research so that all vets and casual pet owners are more aware of the food our pets eat and their true nutritional requirements. Yay for a step in the right direction!

Barret was diagnosed with Hemangiopericytoma May 16, 2013. Front left leg/scapula/pectoral muscle was amputated on June 11, 2013 and we've never looked back. Follow our story on and read my column on That Pet Blog

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12 June 2013 - 9:35 am
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Thanks for this article. I remember hearing a story about this topic on the radio, it will make a great Nutrition blog post someday so thank you for sharing it here (and reminding me about how bummed we were that we missed Blog Paws this year).

I've heard that a grain-free diet isn't necessarily a requirement for a healthy, well-fed dog, sometimes dogs can do fine with grains. However based on our own experience in feeding Wyatt Ray , he does much better without a grain-based food. Once we got him off of grains his fur started looking so nice and his dandruff disappeared.


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