I have a 9 yr old rat terrier mix who is very picky about his food. He will rarely eat dry kibble so I mix in wet food and he also gets some veggies. Currently I give him the new Nutro Ultra senior dry but I am not happy that rice is the #1 ingredient, as with most senior foods.
He has been treated for mastocytoma, so I am thinking about switching him to a higher fat/protein ultra-premium brand, possibly one of the grain-free, since a diet lower in simple carbohydrate can help slow the growth of cancer.
Does anyone have experience with feeding ultra-premium food to seniors, small dogs, and/or dogs with cancer? I see the grain free types don't have much fiber, and was a little concerned about my pooch not being regular... :-p
Also: Smaller kibble size would also be a plus, but the only food I have found is Timberwolf Wild & Natural. I was considering combining that with Canine Caviar wet food.
Any help is greatly appreciated. I don't have any health food stores around here so I'll have to order the food online. So I want to make a good, informed decision.
I don't know that I'll be of much help but my 4 yr old Kerry was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer on her birthday in Nov. of 2006. She has been on Chemo since & has 3 remaining treatments to go. I also did a lot of research as you yourself. She was on Natural Balance Venison & Rice. However finding out that cancer feeds off of carbs & sugar I switched her over to Nature's Variety Raw dog food that I keep in the freezer. http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?r=1038380&page=1133&-session=naturesvariety:04E6544E1d8ae1944DOUP122E065 I also suplement her twice daily with Holistic liquid drops twice daily that contains the 4 herbs in Essiac tea that many cancer patients drink. She also gets a holistic kidney cleanse drops for 10 days then off for at least 10. http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/wholisticproduct.html# I also give her a quadrupal dose of powered Colostrum in a small portion of her raw meat. I also sometimes give her salmon that's been freeze dried...I let is soak & I only allow her to drink Distilled water! I do add veggies occasionally or garlic. You can feed any organic meat that has no hormones etc. You can look into Kosher meat as well. I only give turkey necks raw once a week..bones are soft.
Her poop is tiny & does not smell! That equals her body is absorbing the food & very little waste.
She has been in remmission since her 2nd Chemo treatment. I do know that Lymphoma is a fast growing, mean form of cancer that will come back & were are just taking it day by day. In the mean time I am doing everything in my poower to keep her sprits up & keep her in remission.
Natures Variety also has dry & canned food.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm sorry to hear about your Kerry but I hope for the best.
My dog was treated for mastocytoma ~ 2yrs ago, it was removed with wide margins. It's not as serious as lymphoma; it is a tumor on his chest in the skin that causes him no symptoms and is not really prone to metastasizing to a vital organ. I believe it has returned at the surgical site but it's still small. Most of the time you don't even know it is there. It is only visible when the mast cells degranulate and create a swelling.
Considering his age and how painful the surgery was (a 6-7 inch surgical wound on a 12lb dog), there's no way I'm putting him through that again, and chemo is ineffective. Vetalog injections into the tumor will hopefully stop it from growing. I am also hoping that a low carb diet will keep it from growing further. He is otherwise healthy and happy so I am looking for a way to just keep the tumor in check while he lives out the rest of his life.
I was looking at the Nature's Variety Raw Instincts dry food but the second ingredient is tapioca (a starch) which I thought was odd. I am kind of interested in raw food but maybe as a molecular biologist a little paranoid about food safety... I see the raw diet is available at health food store nearby so I think I might check it out.
I also feed Nature's Variety Raw diet to my yorkie. I've tried the beef, chicken/turkey, venison, and rabbit formulas. I think I'm going to stick with venison and rabbit from now on. She really likes it and does great on it. Neither one of us has gotten sick from it. I just make sure to wash my hands well and her bowl well after each feeding. Dogs have a shorter digestive system and aren't as susceptable to foodborne illness as humans. It's so easy to feed because it comes in either one ounce medalions (for the smaller dogs) or 8oz patties for larger dogs. I just thaw 8 out at a time in the fridge and feed her 4 a day. I think it's definitely worth a shot!