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Old 01-03-2013, 06:46 PM
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Thanks for the update. You and Tee are never far from my mind. I hope she is a candidate for the vaccine therapy....
She may also like sardines in spring water. Our K-marts carry them. HRH Toby ate tons of them, and they're loaded with good fish oils! You can hand feed her one or two at a time if she will eat them.
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Thanks for the update. It sounds like Tee is in the best possible hands with your vets and they are very thorough. Daisy went off her kibble too and then one day we tried it on its own and she eat 2 big bowls of it. It does seem to be what they fancy at the time due to the nausea and it seems to change everyday what they like eating. I'm really glad she's enjoyed the carton of chicken broth and hopefully she'll feel up to eating other stuff soon You're in our thoughts and prayers.
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I love when your updates are long!

Glad she's eating. And keeping my thoughts positive for just the melanoma type so you can ditch the chemo.
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Sending thoughts and prayers for you and Tesia. If it was me I'd forget about trying to get her to eat kibble and give her whatever she seems to enjoy.
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I would give her ANYTHING her little heart desires! It might be that the kibble is just too hard, or hard for her to chew.
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I agree! I'd let her eat whatever she's willing to eat. I was also wondering if the tumor on her chin might be causing problems with eating.


No matter what - she knows you are doing the best you can for her and she couldn't ask for a better mom. It sounds like you're in great hands with the oncologist and a good attitude about the time frame. The oncologist told us that you never want to rush pathology - I'm so glad they had everything saved for this pathologist to review.

Hugs to you and scratches to your sweet pup.
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They're gonna get to the bottom of this cancer The Cerenia will clear up her GI stuff and end any nausea.

Guess we're both in the "feed them what they'll eat" boat

Because Andy won't eat 'dog' food of any kind anymore, I bought some multivitamins cleverly disguised in little liver treats so he gets the minerals and vitamins he needs. He'll eat those like candy.
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So sorry the oncologist had just a mixed set of answers for you. I really hope the vaccine slows this down. If you are concerned about nutrition and want her to eat the kibble, perhaps soak it in the broth, then chop it or blend it, and add it to the things she seems to find tasty like wet food or tuna. If you feel she can get enough nutrition from the various things she will eat, I say toss the kibble and give the girl the tasty stuff.

Hope you are taking care of yourself too. Continuing to send you good thoughts.
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Your head must be spinning. You are doing a great job. I will say prayers that definitive answers come soon and that prognosis is good.
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I am so sorry Tee is having such a tough time with her chemo. As a human who has had doxorubicin, it can cause sores in your mouth and throat, that make eating solid food very painful. If Tee has similar sores, it is no wonder she does not want to eat kibble. Other side effects of the drug are: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, increased thirst, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, Tee seems to have written the book on the side effects. Chicken or Beef broth sounds like a great way to keep her drinking, just make sure it is low-sodium or sodium free.

Your post about it not being sarcoma, was shocking. I am sorry there is such confusion about what is wrong with Tesia, but it sounds like the oncologist is determined to find the right course of treatment for Tee. Do you have someone who goes to these appointments with you? Sometimes it helps to have an extra set of ears at these appointments. Please take care of yourself, as well as you take care of Tee. I am sure this is very stressful for you.

I think at this point, anything Tee wants to eat she should be allowed. While it might not be the best nutritionally, anything is better than nothing. Tee does not understand why she does not feel well and is doing what her body is telling her to do. What about whole wheat pasta, or as someone else suggested McNuggets, certainly not low cal. What about orphan puppy formula, it is liquid with more nutrients than broth. I used Dogsure (Ensure for dogs) when my old girl was recovering from surgery and she loved it

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Hopefully Tesia will be feeling better soon, but it is something to keep in mind if she has more of the same chemo.

Prayers for both you and Tee.
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Tee is one smart girl. I wouldn't eat kibble either, knowing the wonderful alternatives that are available.

What about raw eggs? I give my dogs pasteurized ones, so there's no issue with salmonella. They simply adore them.

Then there's boiled chicken, served with a bit of cooked rice and lots of broth. When Charlie wouldn't eat other things, this was his favorite. I learned to cook a lot at once and freeze meal-sized portions. (Mind you, I won't cook often for humans and I cooked a lot more for him that I ever have for my BF and me. ) Charlie also loved scrambled eggs, especially when fed from my fingertips. And there was the always-popular vanilla ice cream - Hagen Daz, which has no harmful additives.

Your head is reeling and your heart is aching, which means it's a really good time to spoil yourself a bit and give Tee whatever her heart desires. You both will feel better for it.

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