Diet For Dogs With Cancer: 7 Tips

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Diet For Dogs With Cancer: 7 Tips

With the improvements in veterinary health care, many dogs are living to advanced ages.

Cancer has become a common disease in older pets.

Many dogs with cancer present loss of appetite.

The first step to increasing the intake of food is to provide a quiet setting for eating.

Meals should be given on a regular schedule.

Most homemade diets are highly palatable.

Slight warming of the can increase the aroma and stimulate food intake.

The diet of a dog with cancer should include ingredients that help the body fight cancer and ingredients that help the body prevent cancer.

diet for dogs with cancer

It is vital to fulfilling your dog’s nutritional necessities at every mealtime.

So in the diet for dogs with cancer you should include the following ingredients:

1. High-Quality Lean Protein

Protein is a very important element.

Dogs love the taste of most proteins, and that encourages them to eat.

The following are good choices for protein:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Goat
  • Lamb

2. Fats and Oils

Omega 3 fatty acids are well known as “good fats” and they are essential for fighting cancer in your dog. Krill oil and fish oil are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

Krill oil comes from krill, the tiny shrimp that is the major source of food for whales.

So krill is low on the food chain and it normally doesn’t have high levels of heavy metals.

There is also proof that krill oil aids with depression, which can accompany cancer in dogs.

The abrupt introduction of fatty acids can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, so please introduce fatty acids into your dog’s diet slowly.

Fish oils (menhaden, mackerel, salmon, etc.) are similar to krill oil and they are more readily available and are usually cheaper.

However, they have less impact on depression and are more likely to hold heavy metals.

3. Vegetables

Vegetables interact with cancer in your dog’s body. Including vegetables in your dog’s diet is fundamental.

The following vegetables represent good choices:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Mung beans (cooked)
  • Red or yellow bell peppers

To prepare them, simply steam or boil them. Cook them until they are very soft to make them easy for your dog with cancer to digest.

4. Calcium

Calcium is an essential mineral for normal body functions.

Muscle strength, appropriate blood clotting, regular heartbeats, inter-cell communication, and transmission of signals from one nerve to another are vital processes that also need calcium.

So making sure that your dog with cancer gets a proper amount of calcium is essential.

Oyster shell calcium tablets are a good choice.

5. Nutritious Whole Grains

Most grains are not good for your dog with cancer.

However, brown rice and oatmeal are both healthy and filling foods for your dog.

The polysaccharides found in the bran in these grains may help to fight cancer.

6. Optional Healthy Additions

The following ingredients add flavor to your dog’s meal, but they also are full in cancer-fighting elements and have immune-boosting properties:

  • Fresh ginger root (peeled and minced)
  • Fresh minced leafy herbs (parsley, basil, and oregano)
  • Sardines packed in oil (minced)
  • Goji berries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh raspberries

7. Do not overfeed your dog

There is always a temptation to feed table scraps or to give extra food as a special treat.

Overfeeding is not healthy for dogs.

It shortens life expectancy.

Additionally, obesity is also connected to cancer in dogs.

Research has shown that fat cells secrete adiponectin, which lessens the development of cancer cells.

Fat cells secrete more adiponectin when they are being burned for fuel, which occurs in leaner dogs.

Diet is important but it is not everything.

Cancer grows and spreads, destroys the immune system, causes weight loss and weakness, steals the body resources for normal functioning and induces poor life quality.

A therapeutic plan defined by your veterinary assistant is also crucial for your dog to fight cancer.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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