Lucky started to refuse food a few days ago. This is a very frustrating and scary time. When a Pet refuses to eat they are ill. The causes are numerous and need to be investigated. However, in our case we know why. Lucky is diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer and undergoing Chemotherapy.
Everything was going great until we hit a snag in the road with dehydration and an infection. She refuses to eat what she liked before so I had to become resourceful. Finding food that she would like and which would put on weight quickly is a challenge. She was eating meatloaf I made for the family, so the problem was not that she can’t or did not want to eat.
Her antibiotics were another problem which caused her to be nauseous. A possible side effect of antibiotics is loss of appetite. We discontinued the meds on the advice on our Oncology Team. In the meantime Lucky started to lose weight which needed to be put on. A complicated challenge when your dog doesn’t want to eat.
After much research I came across Satin Balls. Everything I learned about it sounded like this is something dogs can’t resist. This is not the ideal diet for a cancer dog like Lucky as it contains grains and other foods that cancer likes, but it outweighs the alternative, which is starving and continue to drop weight.
I dropped everything, went to the store and bought the Ingredients. I chose to cut the original recipe in half since I did not know if Lucky would eat. It is not recommended to feed this to puppies and very young dogs. I am using this recipe to put weight back on my dog as quickly as possibly but would not have this as a regular diet item for my other dogs.
Original Formula (makes a huge batch – you may want to use the 1/2 Recipe measurement formula which I cut in half or give the small dog recipe a try before knowing if your dog will eat it)
- 10 pounds hamburger meat (20 % fat content)
- 1 lg. box of Total cereal
- 1 lg. box oatmeal
- 1 jar of wheat germ
- 1 1/4 cup veg oil (I use olive oil or the best option is flaxseed oil for Omegas)
- 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
- 10 raw eggs AND shells (I grind up shells in nutribullet to very fine texture)
- 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (use Knox Joint Gelatine for added Vitamin C if available)
- pinch of salt
1/2 of Original Formula
- 5 lbs hamburger (20 % fat content)
- 6 cups Total cereal
- 7.5 cups uncooked oatmeal (original oatmeal formula)
- 5 raw eggs including ground up egg shells
- 2 cups wheat germ
- 5 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
- 5/8 (close to 2/3) cup vegetable oil
- 5/8 (close to 2/3) cup unsulphured molasses
- pinch of salt
Small Dog Formula (1/10 of the original) or just to try if your dog likes it
- 1 pound hamburger (20 % fat content)
- 1 1/3 cups Total cereal
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
- 1 raw egg
- 6 tablespoons wheatgerm
- 1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
- pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients into big bowl. Measure dry ingredients first and you won’t have to deal with cleaning your utensils and hands in between adding. Mix all ingredients well to get a meatloaf like consistency. I us a very big spoon to measure. One big meatball flattened into a patty is about 5-6 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. I put 2 patties in a freezer bag, one bag for each day. Some days I may need to feed more. 1/2 of the original formula makes about 20 patties, enough for 10 days.
Thaw as needed and feed raw! No cooking involved. Very simple and convenient to take on the road with you too.
I use Flaxseed Oil for added Omega’s or when out of it I have used Olive Oil. Instead of unflavored Gelatin you can use Knox Joint Gelatin which has higher Vitamin C content. You will find these recipes online suggesting to buy the cheapest hamburger meat. I do not agree with that. I buy the best meat for my dogs, usually Ground Angus Beef and organic if it is on sale. I keep it around 20% fat content. Cheap meat is exactly that and I believe when you have a sick pet you need the best quality food you can afford. Cheap Beef is know to come from cows treated with hormones, antibiotics and many other drugs. Why burden your sick pets system any further with unhealthy meat.