Integrating Custom Homemade Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with 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.
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.
Healthier Homemade Dog Food recipes for cancer have a calorie distribution that 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).
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: surgery, chemo or radiation therapy, frequent laboratory, and diagnostic monitoring, or other alternative treatments. Expecting dramatic results with just a diet change is unrealistic and may delay important treatments.
Healthier Homemade recipes for cancer may not be appropriate for patients that also have dietary restrictions for other conditions (kidney disease, urinary stones, liver shunts).
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. 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 owners and their veterinarians 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!