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Diets For Dogs with Cancer

Updated on March 15, 2009

How diet may play a big role for your dog's fight of his life

Of course, there are no home remedies for dogs that will cure them from cancer. However, there are many things owners of cancer diagnosed dogs may do at home to help their dogs.

Regardless of the type of cancer your dog is suffering from, all dogs affected by cancer share one common fact: they require a specialized diet that will aid them to gather the strength to fight the disease.

Owners of dogs with cancer must be particularly concerned about what their dog's food contains and must invest in strenghtening their dog's immunity as much as they can. A diet for dogs with cancer will also focus on ''starving'' the cancer cells which feed on sugars and carbohydrates.

Below are some tips on how to help a dog with cancer:

-Grain Free Diet

While any dog should be fed grain free diets, this in particular applies to dogs with cancer. Rice, wheat, corn are common grains used in commercial pet food. They are usually listed as the first ingredients and are used as ''fillers'' so dog food companies need not to spend too much money on meat. Not only dogs cannot digest grains properly but they were not meant to feed on grains in the first place. Wild dogs, wolves and any canine was never found grazing in fields of corn! Dogs were meant to eat meat and that is the diet they thrive on. Owners should look for grain free foods or feed a raw meat diet.

-Fish Oil

Fatty acids are very beneficial to dogs with cancer. As stinky as they are, dogs seem to enjoy them and will eat them with no problem. Opening a capsule or more depending on your the dog's weight and releasing the oil on the dog's food will ensure your dog will get it's daily supplement. Fatty acids provide energy while possibly even reducing the growth of the tumor. Consult with your vet for dosage information and before using this treatment in dogs prone to pancreatitis. Salmon oil seems to be one of the best.

-Budwig Diet

It is worth to try this diet created by Johanna Budwig consisting of organic flax seed oil mixed with cottage cheese given for at least 3 months. Some owners report to notice good improvements with a decrease in size of the tumor. Owners must use caution when feeding excessive fats to dogs prone to pancreatitis. It is best to consult with a vet first. The average dosage is 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil mixed in half a cup of cottage cheese divided in three dosages given during the day for at least 3 months. Consult with your vet for more accurate dosing.

-Vitamins and Minerals

Cancer affected dogs may require supplementation of vitamins and minerals. The most beneficial are as follows:

- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Selenium
- Iron

-Entice Dog to Eat

Many dogs may refuse to eat at some point. Warming up their food  may cause the food to release aromas, making it more appealing to the dog.

-Immune Boosters

There are several immune booster products developed for dogs that helps strengthen their immune system. Even though these may not cure a dog from cancer, there are testimonies from owners reporting their dogs have benefited from their use.


-Ask About N/D

If feeding a dog raw or a grain free food appears difficult, Hill's has produced a diet specifically for dog's with cancer. The diet is called N/D and is high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.

As seen, owners may help their dogs fight cancer in many ways. The remedies above are provided for educational purposes only and should be further discussed with a veterinarian for the best approach and most successful treatment.

*Disclaimer: the above remedies are not to be used as a substitute for veterinary advice. If your dog was recently diagnosed with cancer, consult with your vet first before starting any diets or giving supplements. The article above is only for educational purposes and the reader assumes full responsibility.

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      Chloe's Mom 

      7 years ago

      I am very healthy, but take Dr. Budwigs flax oil/cottage cheese drink every day as a preventive measure. I mix a little fruit in with it. I use 1/3 cup cottage cheese and 1/6 cup of flax seed oil. I give Chloe four teaspoons of the mixture. She has cushings disease and takes medication for this, but seems to have more energy than before she was taking the flax seed mixture.

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