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This blog contains information on what Maggie was eating when diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and shows how her likes and dislikes change as she goes through this process. She went from eating in metal dog dishes to glass pie plates, eating all sorts of vitamins and minerals to not touching food that contained anything but meat and vegetables, eating treats at night to not touching anything after dinner, eating huge breakfasts and dinners to not wanting any breakfast. There were patterns but every day seemed different when going through it.

The information I’m providing pertains strictly to Maggie Soo, Tara, and I. Please do not construe it to be, or have it replace, medical/veterinarian advice or as a substitute for any professional services. It is not, in any way, meant to represent treatment, cure or mitigation of disease or illness. My intent is only to share our experiences which may hopefully make your journey easier. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a professional team, including medical, veterinarian, nutritionists, and therapists, to help you as you progress along your own journey. My gratitude for my team — of professionals, friends and family — is never ending.

Diet as of beginning of October, 2010

Maggie went off raw food entirely so she’s getting home made food. So is Tara since she decided she would only eat what Maggie gets. Sometimes that’s very literal and will only eat the remnants in Maggie’s dish.

Maggie would not eat out of her metal dish anymore and of course Tara had to have the same type of dish so they are now both eating out of glass pie plates.

Maggie would not eat anything that had anything added to it so has been completely taken off vitamins, oils, supplements, etc. The only thing she is getting now is the traditional pain meds (metacam in the morning, tremedal when needed), homepathic remedies, home cooked stews/turkey/chicken, and dried chicken/duck strips. Whenever I add just a touch of something to her food, she refused to eat it.

I make up stews of ground beef, white potatoe, sweet potatoe, carrots and then add boiled brocoli and cauliflower. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the raw vegetable mix (with added brocoli and cauliflower) to the meat in her dish.

Add a teaspoon of bone meal to their breakfasts.

Have some salmon once a week which she’ll eat sometimes and not others.

Cooked a turkey the other weekend so they would have something else to eat besides meat.

Have a hard time getting Maggie to eat breakfast almost every day now. She’s pretty good about eating dinner.

Tara doesn’t eat well at all anymore since going off the raw food. Would love to have her back on the raw diet but she won’t eat it. She will eat the frozen chicken feet so gets them when she absolutely refuses to eat any breakfast.

Maggie is not eating nightly treats at all anymore. Tara still has her chicken and yogurt. Don’t add anything to it very often.

Diet as of September 27, 2010

Maggie Soo and Tara were switched to a raw food diet in March 2010 in an attempt to clear up a problem Tara was having with her ears. They’ve cleared up and been problem free for a few months now.

In addition to getting ground raw meat (chicken, turkey, beef, lamb), they get fish (salmon and tuna), tripe, olfa, and vegetables. They each get one-half of a tripe and olfa cube daily. The main meat portion will alternate between chicken and turkey with added beef, lamb, or fish. Two large spoonfuls of vegetables are added to every meal.

They also get supplements  added to every breakfast — Sh-Emp Oil BlendFeed-Sentials for K9 (see Remedies, Herbs, Supplements) and Organic Kelp Granules. They have always had these but on September 10th I increased the amount of Feed-Sentials to two heaping tablespoons, which looks like what I should have been giving her anyway. On September 23rd I started adding a pinch of the Kelp.

Nightly treat

Both Maggie and Tara get yogurt and boiled chicken breast as a pre-bedtime treat every night. Maggie’s now has other things added to it, including the Sunday Sundae, OsteoBalance, turmeric & Bromelain, and Melatonin (1 mg).

The information I’m providing pertains strictly to Maggie Soo, Tara, and I. Please do not construe it to be, or have it replace, medical/veterinarian advice or as a substitute for any professional services. It is not, in any way, meant to represent treatment, cure or mitigation of disease or illness. My intent is only to share our experiences which may hopefully make your journey easier. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a professional team, including medical, veterinarian, nutritionists, and therapists, to help you as you progress along your own journey. My gratitude for my team — of professionals, friends and family — is never ending.

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