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What to feed Breeze.
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22 December 2009 - 5:48 pm
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Hi All,

Reading is getting me down even though knowledge is power.

At the moment I am feeding Breeze the following;


4 x tbl Spoons of Cottage Cheese mixed with 2 tbl spoons of flaxseed oil and a sardine to add flavour.

1 x Bowl of home cooked Meat (chicken pork or Beef) with cauliflower, sprouts, broccoli .

Evening Meal

4 x tbl Spoons of Cottage Cheese mixed with 2 tbl spoons of flaxseed oil and a sardine to add flavour.

1 x Bowl of home cooked Meat (chicken pork or Beef) with cauliflower, sprouts, broccoli .

I am thinking of blending in Brown rice to bulk it out a bit but, I hear that Brown rice is not that good for dogs?

Getting so confused any help is appreciated, plus sprouts give Breeze wind ' class='wp-smiley' />

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22 December 2009 - 7:49 pm
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I don't want to sound lackadaisical or uncaring about our dogs' situations, but I find it unnecessary to be so regimented.
As you stated, this can all be confusing. And just a bit overwhelming at times, huh?

I've read your posts, and I think you are doing all you can to prepare yourself and Breeze for this journey. You are doing a good job! Now you might need to step back, take a deep breath, and understand that for yourself. 🙂

I'll share Peanut's diet with you just for fun. I'm sure there are a ton of different doggy diets on this forum.
I'm not sure if it's available where you are, but Evo (it's made in both kibble and wet varieties) is a fine food for dogs with cancer. Peanut eats a mix of the kibble and canned Evo as her main food base. Then she gets "people" food mixed in, or as separate treats throughout the day. She eats yogurt, either with blueberries or cherries (both are high in antioxidants). She also eats plain dried blueberries or cherries as treats. SHe gets glucosamine/chondroitin treats, because I hope that they will maintain healthy joints. I also give her some cottage cheese here and there. For protein, I'll feed her boiled burger or chicken, or hard boiled eggs. I sometimes mix chicken broth in her water to get her to drink more. My mother often brings McDonald's treats for her - either burgers or chicken nuggets. And the only veggies she tolerates are steamed peas or carrots. No flaxseed or other oils. She won't touch ANY food if something like that is in it. I do not feed her any supplements, other than the gluc/chon treats I mentioned. And that's that. I don't give her anything with lots of sugars. Although the orthopedic surgeon said he thinks the belief that sugar feeds cancer isn't relevant to osteosarcoma, I'd rather not take the chance.

Please don't stress yourself too much. Feel free to experiment with different flavors and textures to find what Breeze likes best, and what yo're most comfortable with, and go from there.


~*~*~ Peanut is strength, love, and happiness. ~*~*~ 11/30/03 – 12/26/09

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22 December 2009 - 9:27 pm
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Hello Breeze's Pawrent,

I fed Jake Blue Buffalo Holistic diet for seniors... it also contained blueberries and other cool antioxidants. I also made a weekly stew with chicken or turkey, with some sweet potatoes, and carrotts and brown rice. I also gave him supplements of glucosamine and fish oil, linoic acid and many other things... For treats, I made my own liver treats dried in the oven. In the end, it really did not make a difference... It all depends upon the cancer and how it spreads. Jake's chest x-rays were negative at the time of his amputation... but his cancer ended up spreading to his spine within a few weeks. Every dog is different... So are people... I work in a human cancer center... and we have so many patients that are vegetarians, and do holistic treatments on the side... Unfortunately, their prognosis is just as good (or bad) as others who don't. Even though I knew all that, I still tried to do whatever I could to help Jake... I think it's just human nature to do and try whatever we can to save our loved ones... 

I wish I could give you the right answer... If I knew it, then maybe Jake would still be here...

There is alot of information on the internet... but you have to beware... not everything is accurate...

All the stuff you are giving Breeze is fine... But I don't think there is a right or wrong diet... Besides feeding healthy, our babies also need to enjoy their lives and not be deprived of things that they love...

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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Getting Cherry to eat has been one of the major struggles since we have been on this TriPawd journey.  As a result of the chemical taste during chemotherapy, she lost all appetite and I had to stuff nearly every morsel of food during the duration.  Since that time her appetite had inproved but never really returned to normal.  Luckily she was used to smaller but more numerous meals before the cancer so we just adjusted to even more and even smaller meals during the chemotherapy.  Often she was fed tiny amounts every two hours during the day.  As Marguerite express, anything to keep them going.  We now have three types of dry kibbles, five type of canned food, four types of biscuits, three types of jerky, and gets hard cooked eggs regularly.  Her willingness to eat is a moving target and what might work today is totaly unacceptable the next day.  Bottom line from my point of view - during the first two weeks anything reasonable will be more than acceptable.  After that and assuming that you do not have the same type of difficulties with chemotherapy, you can readjust to the more "normal".  Just make sure that the food is always offered with love, understanding, hugs, and a smile.

Bob & Cherry

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22 December 2009 - 10:54 pm
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Brown rice is great for dogs, but all grains should be limited in any canine cancer diet. Whole oats make for a better filler when making food for cancer dogs. Otherwise your diet plan looks good.

We started the new Tripawds Nutrition blog as a central place to compile healthy dog diets and cancer supplement information. We've started it off with details about the cancer diets and supplement regimens of Jerry and Tazziedog. Please consider submitting your own pup's diet plans there!

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Thanks for all the good ideas! Holly has not been eating well since Tuesday, and I just read through lots of posts on this site and now have some things to try. I was able to get her to eat some ground beef earlier in the week, but she lost her appetite for that. Same goes for chicken and eggs. But I hadn't really tried yogurt - and just gave her some plain yogurt which she happily lapped up! And maybe it will help with her tummy ache.
Thanks to all for your postings to help Breeze - they may help Holly, too!

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

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That's great news! Yogurt has a great sweet kinda taste, and it's good for the belly, so hopefully that'll keep her appetite up. Let us know how it goes OK?

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