Thank you all so much - especially for all the wonderful suggestions. My biggest dilemma right now: when she is clearly nauseous and not hungry, should I be trying to get her to eat? We got up and went outside this morning, but as soon as we came back in, she went back into my bed. She hasn't been back out yet. I keep going in to her, and I have mentioned food and asked if she is hungry - nothing. I want her to eat for the nutrition - but I don't want to force her if she feels bad.
Tesia and you are in my prayers. 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.
I wondered that. But then she eats cookies - hard ones and soft ones. She also won't eat the kibble soaked in yummy chicken broth, even once it has gotten really soft.
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.
I bet she'd LOVE sardines. One issue - the tuna is giving her some soft poop. I may need to change my plan. I also bought Fromm wet food - that is my next plan.
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.
I feel exactly the same way - but I am really worried about her getting the proper nutrition. She loves the canned tuna, but a can of tuna is so low calorie, and while it gives protein, all the other vitimins and minerals aren't there. I love the A/D food for that reason - at least I know it is power packed. I'm hoping she will like the Fromm wet food, too.
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.
Great idea about putting it all in the blender. I hadn't thought of that. Right now, if I mix some kibble in with something like tuna, she eats the tuna from around the kibble. Kibble that she loved two weeks ago...
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 Amazon.com: Pet Ag Products Dogsure 12oz: Pet Supplies
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.
That is interesting (and I'm sorry to hear you were on this chemo, too. I hope you are doing well). I wonder if she has some sores. I will look. Though, she is still eating crunchy cookies. I totally forgot to ask the oncologist yesterday about Nutracal or something like Dogsure. I will when I speak to them today.
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.
Hugs and prayers,
Sadly, she ate chicken and rice for a while when she was sick from her antibiotic back in November, but she is totally off chicken now. She ate a bit of rice mixed in with A/D food, but she is not wild about it either anymore. Rice in broth was of no interest earlier this week - but she did love drinking the broth. I guess it's sort of like a pregnant woman suffering sickness. There are certain foods she can eat, and some she might never want to eat again. I just need to find poor Tee's magic formula.
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You must be very very tired since November... I pray Tesia eat more and be healthy.
You are very strong and brave and is a very good mom.
Too bad I am not in your area, otherwise I volunteer to help you a bit. Do you have anyone you trust to help you in your area? Any family members, or close friends have spare time to take care both of you? I remembered you mentioned the dog walkers... are they possible to further assist you?
Anyway, take care - eat more both Tesia and you, yourself.
Thank you so much. I am okay. My family all live far away, but I have their long distance support. I do have a wonderful dogwalker who still comes when I am at work, and both she and her fill-in over the holidays have helped me with daytime doses of meds when they come by. I'm not doing much besides going to work, going to the vet, and hanging out here with her. I'm okay with that - she is my priority right now, and I just want to be with her.
I agree, it sounds as if your oncologist is awesome! I am praying for good results back from the pathologist. I would agree with Tee. Kibble vrs. AD? AD will win! Tuna is a good thing for them to eat to. They love how stinky it is. Does she like cooked meat at all?
She didn't love the boiled chicken for sure. I was wondering about trying something else. I know she loves fishy taste - but the tuna is affecting her poop a bit. Maybe some ground turkey might be good to try. Ground beef?
And yes - my oncologost, and all the vets and techs at the VEC have been amazing. I am so lucky to have them all so close by and so accessible. When we were in the waiting room yesterday, which was very crowded and busy, the surgeon's assistant came out to talk to another family, and when she saw Tee, she came over to say hello and give her some love, just because she said Tee was one of the favourites. That means a lot. They are all so wonderful.