NUTRITION FOR DOGS WITH CANCER
The general rule of thumb in a cancer-fighting diet is: Low carbs and High Omega-3 fatty acids. Cancer cells thrive on carbohydrates, so we do not include them in the diet - carbs are our enemies. Fatty acids nourish the dog rather than the cancer - they are our friends.
There are many new dog foods available: processed foods, raw foods, organic foods, frozen foods... some may benefit a dog with cancer and others may not. We are researching the contents of these new foods and will post recommendations after comparing them. In general, if you feed your cancer dog store-bought food, look for one that is low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein content. You can add the fatty acids to meals before feeding in the form of fish oil, flax seed oil and many other oils found in most health food stores.
dog food that
has been scientifically studied for its effect on dogs with cancer is
Hill's Prescription Diet Canine n/d. This dog food was found to
prolong the lives of dogs with lymphoma. It was not tested on dogs with
other types of cancer but it may be presumed that it
benefits dogs with all types of cancer.
can be added to food in the form of oils
fish, flax seed, cod liver, salmon and/or olive oil to name a few. Do
not heat oils, add these after cooking the food. Many caretakers choose
to feed their dogs raw diets with these same contents.
Meat may be raw or
cooked as 3/4 of the meal; vegetables should be
either steamed or pulverized in a food processor as 1/4 of the meal.
Add oils at end of preparation (do not heat the oils). Additional
ingredients can include eggs, tofu, garlic and
others. Your holistic vet can help you choose. Use
ingredients whenever possible.
an excellent article by Lew Olson
Never Feed A Dog...
Not Today and Not Without a Fight!
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