Showing posts with label dog cancer diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog cancer diet. Show all posts
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Low Carbohydrate, Novel Protein Diet For A Dog With Food Allergies And Cancer


Are you wondering what foods might be helpful for dogs with inflammatory conditions like cancer or allergies? We are sharing what was in our rescue dog Legend's breakfast bowl this morning.  14 year old Legend has epilepsy, atypical Cushings, food allergies and now liver cancer.  He is 78 pounds and still going on two walks a day. Here is what is in Legend’s bowl: baked salmon, raw rabbit patty, dandelion greens, artichoke hearts, Amazing Omegas, okra, asparagus, carrots and broccoli. We change the vegetables every day and include green beans, shredded cabbage, peas and squash (butternut, zucchinni and yellow squash).  Every pet's needs are different and if your dog has to be on a special diet such as a low fat diet or one for a health condition like kidney disease,  than this would not be a good fit.  It's best to always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet's diet.

If your dog has any joint issues, allergies, skin problems or cancer, adding omega 3s in the form of fish and fish oil is helpful. Veggies like artichoke (chopped frozen from Trader Joe’s), dandelion greens and carrots support liver health. The raw frozen food is the gold standard in providing fresh nutrients for pets. Notice the diet is low in carbohydrates—very important for any cat or dog with cancer, digestive issues and especially inflammation. Finally, feeding your pet these types of foods doesn’t have to be an all or nothing decision. Vegetables, fish and raw food are definitely expensive so even if you mix in what you can a few times a week or on the weekends when you have more time, that’s a big win. Anything you can do to add more fresh nutrients to your pets diets is great!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Homemade Cancer Diets for Pets

There are many "homemade" diets on the Internet for dogs and cats with cancer but unfortunately most are not accurate. When your pet has cancer, you need to be sure you are providing the right BALANCE of nutrients that support your pet's particular situation. For example, we have many patients who come to us who are following a "cancer diet" they found online that advises them to use an overabundance of fatty protein when their pet has elevated liver or kidney blood values. We strongly urge you to seek the advice of a veterinary professional to get the exact percentage of ingredients based on your pet's bloodwork and symptoms. At Ask Ariel Your Pet Nutritionist, we do not have "canned diets" because every pet needs a different ratio and we use mathematical models to calculate the precise amounts specifically for your pet.

Ideally, most dogs and cats with cancer can benefit from a homemade prepared diet. However, this can be very tricky since the diet depends upon many factors such as the age of the pet, the type of cancer (e.g. liver cancer vs osteosarcoma) and the condition of other organs (e.g. many pets with cancer also have kidney issues as well.). DO NOT just go by a homemade recipe for cancer that you find in a book or online. While there are many "cancer" diets focusing on low carbohydrate, high protein---this may not be the right diet for your pet. All components of the diet should be balanced and proportionate to the needs of your pet.