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do large breed amputees have to loose weight for success?
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There's so many choices out there for cancer diets for dogs. It's a bit overwhelming! I will say that after reading it all I came to the conclusion that dogs are different than people-duh! And that high protein/fat and low grain is good. Also, because I used to give my girl canned food and kibble (I know I should be wearing the cone of shame Embarassed) I realized that any adjustment to her diet would help. I went for the “cancer starving” attitude. I have read good things about the BARF diet, but my oncologist wouldn't allow us on the study if we did it, and quite frankly I felt a little overwhelmed by it. I do now give her high quality canned salmon, cottage cheese, blueberries. For kibble (sprinkled on top) I give her In the Wild and Canidae brands-both high protein, low grain. She has not gained any weight.She does enjoy her meals more than she used to.

If 2 vets said she is not overweight, she's not overweight. I'm with Jerry on this one. Maybe the vet tech was new, or just not used to big breeds. Who knows? I have an idea, post more pictures-let us decide! Ok, that was just a cheap trick to get you to post more pictures….sorry….I love seeing dog pix.


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Thanks for the advice. It's great to know there's a lovely mastiff out there larger than Peanut!

I've decided that Peanut is not overweight, but could still benefit from losing 5 lbs or so. I just have to learn what serving size works best for this purpose, especially with her lower amount of activity.

She's switched to EVO kibble (I began the switch about 2 weeks ago when we first suspected cancer). I add that to homecooked meals of meat (chicken, lately) and veggies (carrots and brussel sprouts, so far). She also gets omega-3 supplements with cottage cheese. And instead of biscuits for treats, she gets hardboiled eggs, cherries, or blueberries.

My worst enemy in this situation is my caring mother, who has visited every day since Peanut's surgery with bags of McDonald's chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers! :) Today I mentioned my concern about the weight issue, and she promised to bring healthier treats from now on. I know she just wants to spoil Peanut.

Here's Peanut doing her helicopter tail-wag in anticipation of yummy McDonald's food from Gramma….. (This was the first day my mom saw Peanut without a t-shirt… the size of the surgical site surprised her.)

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

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We recently had the pleasure of meeting the reknowned Colorado vet, Dr. Robin Downing who couldn't agree more – that tripawds should be kept fit and trim!

Thanks for sharing the video! FYI: To embed the photobucket video in your post (like I just did), select the “HTML Code” under “Share this Video”, then select the small HTML button in your post editor here and paste the code where you want the video to appear.

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