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When Max just had upset tummy's, he would go back to eating his kibble when he was better. This year when he quit eating (and I later found out it was several tumors and probably several types of cancer), he never went back to his old food. At that point, it didn't matter. Just spoiling him without giving him anything that would hurt him, was the direction that we went. I understand how hard it is when they stop eating. So just an interest for them in eating again is such a great relief!

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Did you ever have a hard time getting him to accept his boring old kibble again? I think Tesia thinks she has struck gold with the chicken (the rice she can take or leave). She stands by her dishes asking for more - but if I give her kibble, she has no interest.



Ah ha! This is my fear with Tee - exactly. She has never paid my food any attention, in all her 12 years, but I noticed last night she was sort of coming over going, "hey, whatcha eating? Any chicken there? I could try whatever you're eating even if it's not chicken.." Oh, well. Right now, it's more important that she eats. She won't get anything off my plate, but I'll keep giving her the chicken and rice. This morning, though, I tried kibble and rice, and she ate it. But I sensed she was silently grumbling all the way.
I'm so glad she's interested in the food... I would just keep giving her the rice, mixed with the kibble a bit, for fullness. When I cook chicken for the dogs, I buy the least expensive package of flash frozen boneless thighs I can find. I just poach the thigh meat in water or broth and use it up in several days. The broth is good for putting onto the kibble. I also use broth to cook the rice. Some people also give hamburger. They cook it in the pan, pour off the grease, then add a bit of water and boil it a while. I'm really glad she's eating!
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It is good news that Tesia is interested in food. I would not worry too much about spoiling her, she has been through a lot. Good nutritions is very important to healing.

If you have to feed her chicken for awhile, you might try calling MapleLodge Farms. They use to have an outlet store, about a kilometer north of the 401 at Winston Churchill, where you can buy bulk chicken. (49 cents a pound for necks). My parents and raw-feeding friends always went there for bulk chicken orders. I would call first, because I do not know if you can still buy in bulk anymore.

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It is good news that Tesia is interested in food. I would not worry too much about spoiling her, she has been through a lot. Good nutritions is very important to healing.

If you have to feed her chicken for awhile, you might try calling MapleLodge Farms. They use to have an outlet store, about a kilometer north of the 401 at Winston Churchill, where you can buy bulk chicken. (49 cents a pound for necks). My parents and raw-feeding friends always went there for bulk chicken orders. I would call first, because I do not know if you can still buy in bulk anymore.

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Thanks for the info!! And you're absolutely right - I'm not worrying at all about keeping her on the chicken. It is good for her - she definitely needs the nutrients - and it is calming her tummy. Right now, I'm just boiling chicken breasts for her and mixing it up with some white rice. I'm not really sure how much I should be giving her - I started with very small portions when she was really nauseous. Tonight, she had half of a large boneless chicken breast and about a half cup of cooked rice. Is that about right? Twice a day?

No update on the cancer tests.

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She has never paid my food any attention, in all her 12 years, but I noticed last night she was sort of coming over going, "hey, whatcha eating? Any chicken there? I could try whatever you're eating even if it's not chicken.." Oh, well. Right now, it's more important that she eats. She won't get anything off my plate, but I'll keep giving her the chicken and rice. This morning, though, I tried kibble and rice, and she ate it. But I sensed she was silently grumbling all the way.
I'm glad Tesia is eating a bit and your description made me giggle. Perhaps you could add some broth to her kibble/rice mix to "flavor" it? For Hannah, I mix a bit of canned (rx food) with warm water, then mix that with the kibble and most of the time she'll keep licking the bowl until it shines.

I hope you are able to speak with the surgeon or the pathologist to work towards some answers too. edit - I see you say there's no update yet BUT it's wonderful that she's still eating.
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I'm glad Tesia is eating a bit and your description made me giggle. Perhaps you could add some broth to her kibble/rice mix to "flavor" it? For Hannah, I mix a bit of canned (rx food) with warm water, then mix that with the kibble and most of the time she'll keep licking the bowl until it shines.

I hope you are able to speak with the surgeon or the pathologist to work towards some answers too. edit - I see you say there's no update yet BUT it's wonderful that she's still eating.
I've thought about adding some wet food eventually. For now, until she finishes the mega antibiotic, I'll keep spoiling her with the chicken. She's worth it. She already knows the smell of chicken boiling. "Oh, someone is making me dinner! Perhaps I should come sit in the kitchen to show my appreciation. And perhaps speed up this whole process. Seriously, what's this whole 'it needs to cool a bit more' business?"

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That's so cute - Sydney does the same thing when I'm cooking chicken (and even rice!). She only gets it when she's not feeling well.

Glad to hear Ms. T is feeling a bit better and coming around.

PS - can't believe those cancer tests are taking that long and that other dr hasn't called you back yet!!!!!!!

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I know how hard it is to wait for test results - hope you won't have to wait much longer.

I am all for spoiling them when they are sick. Good job! Plus it's so much fun to watch them really enjoy their new epicurian experience. I think it's cute that she now knows the door to this new world of eating has been cracked open. So after 12 years she "wonders" what else might be on that dinner table. Adorable.

Praying for good news on the tests.

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Enjoy that fancy cooking Yummy, isn't it? I was getting it every day too because my tummy didn't feel good either. Mom and dad have been trying to get me to eat 'dog' food. Excuse ME?! I don't eat 'dog' food anymore!! LOL Honestly, I woke up this morning and was really hungry, so I ate it, but not until he'd topped it with a little chicken. Dad warmed the wet up in the microwave, but not too warm. Tasted and smelled better too. Enjoy the 'good life' on that chicken and rice. I'm in complete solidarity with you on how good it tastes!! Glad you're feeling better, T.

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