Word has it that Trouble, a 20-month bone cancer survivor, is the biggest loser! That makes her a winner to us!
Trouble’s Mom says:
We are three doses away from finishing a round of prednisone. She is way down on her weight – I’m taking her Friday for a weigh-in, but I’m guessing 10 – 12 lbs.
I’ve started her on Missing Link, and she is getting around amazingly well. We just came in from outside and …she was RUNNING around the yard!
The diet that Dr. Falgout recommended is called the Canine Reducing Diet. Shanna says “It is very easy. I substitute ground turkey because Trouble is allergic to beef – don’t see why you couldn’t use fish or chicken to change it up a bit also.”
Although we were originally concerned about the white rice and carrots in this diet (which convert to sugar in the body and thus, feed cancer cells), Shanna had some great advice about these ingredients.
She said, “I don’t see why any of the diets couldn’t have brown rice substitued for the white – I would think it is equal or better nutritionally. The one Trouble is on doesn’t have rice and I liked that a lot. The carrots I have a little concern about, but at this point it is the lesser of the evils.”
Remember, Tripawds need to be lean in order to thrive. If your Tripawd could stand to lose a few pounds, the Canine Reducing Diet recipe is listed below. There are other free home cooked diet recipes available too.
Remember, always discuss any dietary changes with your vet.
Canine Reducing Diet
- 1/4 lb ground round or other lean beef
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese (uncreamed)
- 2 cups drained canned carrots
- 2 cups drained canned green beans
- 2 teaspoons dicalcium phosphate (health food store or substitute bone meal)
- Balanced supplement which fulfills the canine MDR for all vitamins and trace minerals.
Cook beef in skillet until lightly browned; pour off fat and cool. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep covered in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 3/4 lb.
- 5 lb dog – 1/3 lb food daily
- 10 lb dog – 2/3 lb food daily
- 20 lb dog – 1 lb food daily
- 40 lb dog – 1 3/4 lb food daily
- 60 lb dog – 2 1/2 lb food daily
- 80 lb dog – 3 lb food daily
- 100 lb dog – 3 2/3 lb food daily
Snacking and scavenging should be forbidden during the reducing period.
Please be aware that we are not veterinarians. The information presented here is not meant to be construed as medical advice or guidance, nor should it be substituted for professional veterinary assistance. Always discuss any remedies and treatments you wish to pursue with your veterinarian.
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