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ok elisha…here’s what i do for my 3 adult dogs each weighing around 12 lbs..one cup each in a mixing bowl: only natural pet raw freeze dried beef/sweet potato, zignature essentials grain free chicken/?, royal canin prescription renal support (kidney issues, so this is optional), bil-jac grain free kibble, and 1 can of wellness core grain free..add water to the freezed dried first before adding the rest..then add water to make it reasonably moist but not wet so they still have some crunch..the royal canin and zignature don’t absorb water very well, so it has some body to it..also, the bil-jac will turn to mush so if you want to add that at feeding time, that’s what i do…just give them about a tablespoon or so on the mixed food and then stir it in…i came up with this recipe experimenting with tasty but healthy foods just to get them to eat the royal canin.. this is the first time they chow it completely..well, one of them leaves the cranberries on the floor..it lasts 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator..this is their dinner only..their breakfast is about 1/4 cup of my cooked chicken and one milkbone tasty snack biscuit (junk, but they are eating a lot healthier than i do)..
ironically, my italian greyhound had a tumor removed from under her right front shoulder on oct 31st at mississippi state university veterinary school in starkville, ms and it turns out to be osteosarcoma (on the exterior..very unusual). The tumor was just smaller than a tennis ball and she had a previous tumor that was removed that was about the size of a golf ball 7 years previous. the first tumor never bothered her and was removed when she was under anesthesia for dental cleaning. non malignant. the second tumor never bothered her until recently (around mid sept) when i went to pick her up and she responded with a bite (her defense mechanism when she feels pain or the threat of pain..had to muzzle her for eyedrops when she was healing an ulcerated cornea) i travel full time in my motorhome with her and 2 brother maltese/pekingese. the greyhound turned 14 in sept and the brothers are going to be 16 on dec 12th..my vet in las vegas advised that because of her having an enlarged heart and heart murmur against removing the tumor because of the stress of anesthesia at her age unless it started bothering her. all 3 are active and have always had high level dog food with chicken or beef combined. their water is usually the same bottled water that i drink and have never given them any water i wouldn’t drink. unfortunately, the prognosis is grim..i was advised that she may only have a few months even with chemo therapy..i am leaning toward declining chemo due to additional stress being put on her and not much benefit in the results. tomorrow i go in to have her staples removed and as i am typing this she is looking at me and has no idea anything is wrong. i will give her the care and love that she has had over the course of her life for the remainder of time she has but i accept that not all dogs have the same longevity..
I am no doctor, but my maltese/pekingese has had back leg tremors after an aggressive run or ball chasing episode, and I believe it is adrenalin. The exact same thing used to happen to me when I was a drag racer. He will be 16 in December and is just now starting to show signs of aging. Btw, his brother also has the tremors, but not near as pronounced.
My guess is it is nominal…We don’t eat our meat raw so as not to lose nutritional value..I give my 3 dogs chicken breast in addition to their regular food and I always cook it..Just sayin’..August 31, 2016 at 11:58 pm in reply to: Low Sodium Dog Foods for Congestive Heart Failure? #89552 Report Abuse
royal canin early cardiac..
I have 2 maltese/pekingese mix 13 yr olds that are on RC Renal Support S and an Italian Greyhound that is on RC Early Cardiac. So far, I have been pleased with the results. They have been on these prescribed foods for over a year. I also mix a small amount of Orijen or Whole Earth to their kibble. Also, I put a tablespoon of ground chicken breast with about 3 tablespoons of purified water and mix all together. (it needs to taste good, too)
Thank you for the posts. I have decided to just keep feeding my dogs (3) Jack Link’s beef jerky made for humans. It has to pass USDA specs. Plus, it’s cheaper than dog treats. I don’t like the words “USA sourced” on the package of the Dogswell chicken jerky. “USA chickens only processed in the US” would make me feel more comfortable. Companies may ship the chickens to China for processing which leaves it open to adding roadkill or other varmints like pigeons and then shipping it back to the US to package. Now you have “USA sourced” chickens, and “Made in the USA” packaging. I called Dogswell and a recording came on that said to standby or press 9 to leave a message. I waited for 20 minutes and nobody ever picked it up. No sense leaving a message if nobody is there.
I am using Royal Canin LP Modified Renal.
I have 2 brother maltese/pekingese mix that will be 14 in Dec. They are both on Royal Canin LP Modified Renal dry. This was from a vet’s recommendation and it has only been about 3 months. It cuts back their protein intake, although I mix a tablespoon of cooked chicken breast in with their meal as well as about 2 tablespoons of water. Also, I am still mixing Blue Buffalo Grain Free Wilderness Chicken recipe with it. I am going to switch to Orajen to mix with the RC instead of BB. (didn’t realize BB isn’t as good as I thought it was) Also, I have a 12 year old Italian Greyhound. She has an enlarged heart and the vet recommended RC Early Cardiac dry. She has been on that for almost a year. Doesn’t like the taste too well, but does finally eat it. Same program as the brothers with the chicken and water, but no BB. Both RC foods are vet prescription required. All dogs get a multi vitamin once a day and a cosequin joint supplement once a day. The Greyhound takes a cardiac pill called Cardial. She gets 1/4 of the tablet twice a day. They are all very active and no weight problem.
If the dogs are thin and confirmed by the vet, why didn’t the vet advise you on what to feed them to increase their bulk?