For dogs with cancer, nutrition plays a crucial role in managing the disease. Certain nutrients have anti-cancer properties or can boost the immune system to fight cancer.
A specialised dog cancer diet can help promote healing, reduce side effects from conventional cancer treatment and
controlling cancer symptoms.
According to Dr.Gregory Ogilvie (vet oncologist), a dog cancer diet should be “relatively low in simple carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of highly bioavailable proteins as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and moderate amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids of the n-3 series”.
Tumors thrive on glucose (from simple carbs) and use it for energy. By limiting or cutting out simple carbs from your dog’s diet will starve the cancer cells.
Simple carbs include sugars, sweet potatoes, refined grains, carrots, beetroot and fruits.
Tumors compete with the body for protein which is converted into energy. The lack of protein can cause muscle loss, adversely affect immune system, gastrointestinal function and surgical wound healing. Hence, a dog cancer diet should include moderate amounts of high quality protein. Moreover, dogs are carnivores so they do best by eating protein from animal sources.
Good sources of quality protein: lean beef, chicken, turkey, bison, liver, pork, lamb and venison.
The increased fat breakdown and reduced fat gain are the primary causes of weight loss in dogs with cancer. Since tumor cells do not feed on fat, a dog cancer high in fat can be beneficial as the body utilises fat as a source of energy. Studies have shown that supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids can be highly beneficial for preventing and fighting cancer.
Sources of omega 3: High quality fish oil such as K9 Omega
A dog cancer diet high in both soluble and insoluble fiber promotes healthy bowel function and overcomes gastrointestinal problems.
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