An end to DIY raw

Juliet did awesome on DIY raw. We rotated pork, turkey and occaisionally beef. I did note that she seemed itchier when she had beef, so I didn’t give that to her as often. But her scabby spots all cleared up, her demeaner was no longer depressed. We got the old Juju back.

Cancer……not Juju, but me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2018. I continued making my DIY raw for as long as I could, and yes I was careful to wash my hands and not expose my chemo-laden body with icky germs.

During my cancer journey I went through 5 months of chemo, 5 weeks of radiation, 4-5 surgeries (I can’t remember, but it was alot) and after my final surgery (bilateral mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction) my body said enough. I developed very high fevers and landed in the hospital circling the drain for a while. You can read my cancer journey at:

I ended up being in the hospital for a total of 5 weeks and when I came home, I had extensive wounds and a wound vac. During that hospital stay, we ran out of food for Juliet. My family had no idea how to make more, so we put Juliet back on kibble. Once again, she spiraled downhill and had tons of itchy, scabby spots.

Once I got home and was completely healed, I discovered a completely balanced commercial product that I could easily afford. The protein source is the primary blend I used was beef and salmon. Within the last few months I also added another blend that had beef/salmon/chicken/turkey. Juliet got worse and worse. I was at my whit’s end. I mean I was feeding her a balanced raw diet, no kibble, no carbs and yet I just could not get a handle on her itchiness. So I put her on apoquel. My decision was based on the fact that I wanted her to have quality of life for her remaining years. I was willing to accept the likelihood of consequences.

Until next time….

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