Saturday, April 7, 2012

Diets for dogs with cancer

A client of ours has a dog who has been diagnosed with cancer and has recently completed a course of chemotherapy. She's only young and one of her owner's important questions was 'What can I feed her to try to keep her as healthy as possible?'

We talked about some of the basic issues and she also went away and did a lot of her own research.

The immune system is constantly vigilant for the abnormally dividing cells of cancers. When people and animals 'recover' from cancer, this is partly the surgery, medication or radiotherapy and partly the hard work of the immune system cleaning up afterwards.

To provide 'immune support', you want foods that are rich in natural antioxidants and high quality proteins and strictly limit the carbohydrates, because tumour cells generally thrive on simple sugars.

There are commercial pet foods that will achieve much of this, but an alternative is to at least consider raw food feeding (with our guidance of course) for all its natural health benefits. As you probably know, we stock and recommend the Natural Instinct range of raw foods for pets.

If you want to put together a diet yourself, go for a mix of meat and bone, and densely coloured vegetables such as broccoli, kale, carrots, raw beetroot and lightly cooked tomatoes, with small amounts of turmeric and garlic. Go easy on fruits because of the sugars, but try blueberries and pomegranate juice for their high levels of antioxidants.

For several years we have also been using the nutritional supplement CV247 for our cancer cases. It contains a combination of powerful antioxidants and salicylic acid and has been shown in many cases to be very helpful in these cases. So we were pleased to see that new research recently published in the Lancet lists yet more health benefits of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid).

This time simple aspirin has been shown to be important in cancer prevention. Don't hesitate to call us on 020 723 0453 if you need any more information

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