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My 8 yr old dog was switched to BARF after her diagnosis of oral cancer about 2 months ago; DH and I had been considering BARF prior to the diagnosis, but thought we would do it with the "next dog", b/c of Maggie's age and our ignorance at that point. Who knew 2 weeks later we would be ordering BARF products for our old girl? So, it has been two months and while DH and I are trying our best, our old girl doesn't seem to be taking to it. We do chicken backs and meat/veggie patties. She'll eat the patties, but isn't too thrilled about them. She'll eat the backs, but really, really isn't too thrilled (she'll wait all day to eat to see if anything else is coming); recently I purchased lamb necks for her and she threw it up within minutes. She buries the backs in the yard (which is small) and with a 2 yr old out playing, I really don't find it too sanitary or appealing. She is on a regime of vitamins and supplements from our holistic vet for the cancer and eats them in wet dog food -- she loves this, will wait for this and then eat the other food. I've talked this over with the vet and we are both confused <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> and are possibly considering giving up on the BARF and just giving her high quality wet food. What do others think? Am I missing something here?
 

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With oral cancer is she able to crunch up the bones? My jaw hurts just thinking about it. You may want to purchase a grinder and grind the chicken backs. Have you tried to give her any meat without bone? For my cats I cut the meat off chicken leg quarters and make them bite size pieces. I then grind the bones and any remaining meat. You can mix in some vitamins and vegtables to this mix and it will be just like canned food to your dog. Make sure to process any veggies in the blender or food processor. Good luck with your girl. If you don't want all this extra work I would say go with a high quality can food and maybe supplement with pieces of meat or any veggie she likes.
 

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Absolutely get ground bone~ I'd give necks as well for the additional cartiledge, and they're softer and easily assimilated. I always recommend necks for sick or old dogs.<br><br>
We are lucky enough to have a meat supplier that sells pre-ground bone ( just fyi~ <a href="http://www.omaspride.com" target="_blank">www.omaspride.com</a> ) but, you may be able to find a butcher that will do it if you don't have a big grinder. That's what I did *way back when* I started BARF, over ten years now.<br><br>
Cancer in dogs responds amazingly well to nutritional treatment, best of luck to you!
 

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I've read that you have to completely eliminate the other food when you switch a dog or cat to raw, because they will prefer what they've been used to and will have trouble switching. Just like with processed foods for people, they are often tastier because of the additives, and your palate has to get used to "real" food when you cut out the junk food.<br>
Would there be any way to get the supps in the raw food, and cut out the canned?<br>
I hope she heals soon!
 

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I agree--the canned food is like twinkies. We have found this with post-partum and sick dogs; they'll eat canned food when they'll eat nothing else.<br><br>
I would give the supplements in hamburger, not canned dog food, unless she really won't take them in anything but canned stuff. And I absolutely agree that using Oma's or Bravo or a similar ground mix may agree with her age, preferences, and her sore mouth.
 

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May I ask, who is the holistic vet you are working with?<br><br>
I am working with the Goldsteins from Connecticut for my dog who has cancer.
 
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