Integrating Custom Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with Cancer:
What We Know About Cancer
No one wants to hear that their dog has cancer. But medical advances are making it so that now dogs live longer with cancer and the condition is treated more like other chronic diseases.
Cancer cells were once normal cells that somehow had a “genetic switch” turned on that causes them to grow and spread explosively at the expense of normal neighboring cells.
Which Ingredients Matter
Cancer cells prefer sugar as their primary energy source. Although not proven, it is believed that all-meat or other Ultra High Protein diets limit spikes in blood sugar levels and “starve” cancer cells of their preferred energy source.
This helps slow cancer growth and spread.
Our recipes for cancer have a calorie distribution of - Protein 52%; Fat 38%; Carbohydrates 10%, which is considered favorable for cancer patients, meaning that it consists more of protein-rich sources (primarily meat) and has fewer or no calories from carbohydrates.
Ultra-high protein recipes are only appropriate for adult dogs (they are not formulated for puppies).
More than Just Diet
Your dog’s diet is only one tool for cancer management, it is not a substitute for a comprehensive veterinary treatment program.
A comprehensive treatment program may include:
· radiation therapy
· frequent laboratory tests
· diagnostic monitoring
· other alternative treatments
Expecting dramatic results with just a diet change is unrealistic and may delay important treatments.
What You Can Do
It is best to avoid commercial dog treats, if any treats are used, they should be all meat. Do not include any treats that have carbohydrates.
Don’t Use this Recipe If
If your dog has other conditions needing conflicting dietary restrictions (kidney disease, urinary stones, liver shunts) Healthier Homemade recipes for cancer may not be appropriate.
This is one of the things we will verify with your veterinarian, before beginning to formulate your recipe.
Is it Balanced and Complete?
All Personalized Healthier Homemade recipes for cancer exceed AAFCO and NRC requirements for all daily nutrients.
All meat or ultra-high meat diets are very low in fiber, which is important for optimum intestinal health so our recipes for cancer include water-soluble psyllium husk fiber. This type of fiber promotes “good bacteria” growth in the intestine to promote intestinal health.
Each Healthier Homemade Starter Kit includes a nutrition data fact sheet, so you and your veterinarian can see that all of the 42 daily essential nutrients exceed 100% levels in meals prepared with our recipes when used as directed.
Commercial prescription diets, especially kibble, may be unappealing. Freshly cooked meals make a difference!
Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. In addition to co-founding a national campaign to help fight dog obesity, he developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.