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Anyone sit in on any of the pet nutrition posts from Rodney Habib? He recently did one on supplementing your dog's food with dandelion leaves that you can either par boil or hang to dry and add a teaspoon per 10# of weight to their food. Just wondered. I was thinking it was an inexpensive way to add some valuable nutrition. Thoughts?
Right now I'm lazy as I just went through chemo and radiation, a bazillion tests (MRI/CT/PET scans, bloodwork etc. etc.) and will be having part of a lung removed the end of August. That said, it is all I can do to train, groom and take care of my little Rudy's needs so I use kibble but supplement with Stella Stew and tripe.
What, if any, do you that still feed kibble, supplement with?
 

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Oh my dear friend. I am sorry to hear of your own health challenges. I hope your surgery goes smoothly and that it is the end of the treatment road for you. We are very fortunate to have so many parts that come in pairs, like lungs and kidneys.

As to food, I home cook rather than feeding commercial so that I can meet nutritional needs, avoid certain items that one or more dogs have sensitivities to and feed the three of them the same thing.

At this point for you I think Rudy's diet sounds fine and I think you should focus on taking care of yourself and letting Rudy give you lots of loving.
 

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Charleeann, I’m so sorry to hear everything you are going through. You aren’t being lazy, you are preserving your energy for what is important. (((Hugs))). I hope the surgery goes smoothly and your recovery is trouble free and quick.

I home cook too because of Babykin’s food allergies and/or intolerances. I wouldn’t go to the effort of picking dandelion leaves and cooking them. I use frozen spinach in her food. I’m sure the benefits are similar.

A well formulated kibble should be complete and not need supplementation. I thought people added toppers to encourage picky eaters.
 

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Charleeann67, I too am sorry for the challenges you are facing. I feed my dog kibble, Victor, though I add a tablespoon of canned meat to each meal (2x a day) He also get stella & cheesy dehydrated toppers, mostly as treats but sometimes I toss some on top of his meal.
 

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I too am sorry about your health problems. Keep your strength to fight your own battle.

Dogs don’t need that much to thrive. If you’re worried about supplements, maybe give your dog tiny bits of vegetables and fruits occasionnally. Or whatever healthy you are having. Keep it simple and easy.

All the best to you. Take care of yourself.
 

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I am so sorry about the challenges you have been facing and the surgery to come. Don't worry so much about Ruby - she will be fine. I use toppers on Asta's food (he is a very picky eater) mostly stuff like yogurt, Cottage cheese, string cheese, sour cream - he really loves dairy. Focus on taking care of yourself and let the poodle love help you. ((HUGS))
 

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You really don't need to supplement when using a nutritionally complete kibble If it has the AAFCO statement on the bag it's fine! (Other than staying away from peas, legumes, and potatoes per the FDA's advice since the DCM warnings in April!)You might want to Google it

Being a person with Stage IV COPD I understand some of what you must be going thru except my 'spots' on my lungs were benign.........I hope your lung reduction surgery is successful and you heal well! My prayers will have you in them.... God Bless!
 
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