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Lurcher Lilly Rear Leg Amputation in UK
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I think emailing to Jerry might be the best option ill try that tomorrow. They have had some yummy filled bones today whilst I've been trying to finish an essay, i love the sound of them happily licking away.

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Im looking into nutrition and homemade food for lilly and jess too,  does anyone use a slow cooker to batch make the food? how long would you cook it for?

if I'm feeding rice is it ok to freeze the meal portions? or would you add the cooked cooled rice to the defrosted meal when you add oils/supplements etc? 

When we lived in a house with a garden the dogs were on the BAARF diet and did really well but we are in a flat with no garden so raw food is a bit less practical as it tends to be a bit messy 

the girls had some sardines with their food today, yum yum big-grin

I need to be careful about their weight, lilly put a kilo on over christmas ! i think being off work the girls got just as spoilt as we did, i dread to think what we put on by way of comfort eating and drinking! back to the green juices and our fitbits this week sad

Ive emailed some photos hope that Jerry might be able to post them for me, 

Thanks everyone, hope your woofers are all doing well

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7 January 2016 - 11:42 am
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I don't have many specific answers to your questions, but just wanted to give you this link for more information. It's really detailed and pretty extens. I think you can kind of "pick and chose" what you want to include.

http://tripawds.....-id-share/

Glad you treated yourself to some "goodies" over the holidays. All of you, humans and doggies, deserve a little extra "comfort food" on this journey!

Trying to figure out the best nutrition and the best supplements can drive you crazy!

Jerry often suggests chunking things down to maybe avout three supplements and trying to keep the food preparation simplified too. I hope I'm "quoting" Jerry right!

I found HONEST KITCHEN to be a good product with human grade food. I could add some home cooking to it and feel confident Happy Hannah was getting proper nutrition.

Here's a link to some nutritional foods suggested here. All this can be very daunting, so just glance through it and then get on with more loving and spoiling for Lilly!!

http://http//nu.....pawds.com/

Can't wait to see the pics!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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7 January 2016 - 1:47 pm
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Awww...Love that Lilly and Jess too!

I know what you mean about trying to feed raw in a small space. Have you considered any of the raw premixes like Primal or Dr. Harvey?

For more great Nutrition talk, be sure to hop over to our Eating Healthy Forum.

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7 January 2016 - 2:23 pm
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Thanks Jerry, Sally and co

Ive got some of the cancer books basic food cooling at the moment, i thought id make a start gradually changing their food over. Although Lilly will eat anything from stinky old dead things to half a chocolate orange over christmas! noone has told her choccie is toxic to dogs

I stopped off at the supermarket on the way home and stocked up on frozen veggies, turkey etc so we are all stocked up.

Ive read that flax seed oil is good for dogs, but i can get hold of rape seed oil easily, do any of you know if it is similar in chemistry and nutritional value to flax seed oil? 

Ill have a look at your nutrition advice, thanks 

Photos look great thanks Jerry x

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Aww glad you saw the photos 🙂

You're doing great getting started on a new diet. Just don't introduce too much too soon, her belly may revolt.

We've learned through the years that dogs aren't able to absorb flax oil as well as a high quality krill or salmon oil so I'd go that route. Check our Nutrition blog for the scoop.

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BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!! YAAAAAAAAAY!!! WE HAVE PICTURES OF LILLY AND JESS!!clap

Imlpve the one of Lilly in the field of wildflowers. Very happy and very peaceful...very much living in the moment.

Lilly clearly is loving all the wrappings from her Christmas presents. She actually looks like she is ripping up the paper very gently and dainty.way-cool

I love the soulful eyes Jess has while gazingnout into nature.

Such GREAT photos! Such great dogs!

Sooo glad we finally got to see these two, keep 'em coming! Seriously, we need more!!

Sending love to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thanks for the tip re oil ill look into it, feel sorry for those krill as they get mushed into all sorts of stuff these days!! 

Glad you like the photos, if Jerry doenst mind ill email some more but be careful what you wish for I've got loads!

She is a very good gift unwrapper and sniffs out all the ones with food in and tends to kidnap them when you aren't looking and take them off to her bed! she nearly polished off a pack of jelly tots but we caught her just in time, no more sugar for that pesky tumour its going to STARVE STARVE STARVE if i have my way! 

Got more turkey and brown rice bubbling away at the moment, luckily they both love veggies and often have them raw in their Kongs so I'm sure they will be delighted with the new diet. I am adding it gently going to do the 2 week changeover. Jess is going to get it too as we are now on our 3rd dog with cancer but didn't get time to plan or look into holistic care so this time we are ready for battle.

We've just had a beautiful walk in the frosty sunshine in the woods, lots of great deer& fox smells, jess even rolled in some smelly poop just cos she can! 

love those dogs 

have a great day 

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I wondered if anyone has has Bisophosphinates for their dog. I know they are used in humans for osteoporosis and its being used in some human bone cancers. My vet has recommended putting lilly on it for a month to see what effect it has on the lytic area of bone, the thinking being that it may help to reduce fracture risk and along with NSAIDs may slow down the OSC ? 

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Yep, absolutely, here are some links that tell more:

Bisphosphonates: When Amputation isn’t an Option

and lots in the forums:

http://tripawds.....;include=1

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Thanks ill read up x

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