I’m new to the forum.
My Rex has been diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma. We are seeing three vets, general practice, holistic and oncologist. T-cell is the worst lymphoma type and I know the realities facing us. However, we have him in remission presently and I am looking to research this topic as much as possible. Specifically diet.
Does anyone out there have specific experience with canine cancer diet recipes?
Thanks you very much,
Hound Dog MomParticipant
Hi Ken –
I’m so sorry to hear about your dog!
You’re going to want to get him on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet – a fresh, natural diet is ideal. Glucose (found in carbohydrates) acts as food for tumors – so the more carbohydrates in the diet, the more fuel there is for the tumor to grow. High levels of high quality (animal based) protein should be included in each meal. The tumor competes with the dog’s body for amino acids – so higher levels of complete proteins will help to ensure the dog’s body receives adequate levels of amino acids.
Some supplements that may be beneficial for certain types of cancer:
-Amino Acid Supplements (particularly arginine and glutamine)
These website have some great information:
I am so very, very sorry to hear about your dog. Yes, I do have experience with cancer diets and holistic multi-pronged treatment, particularly T Cell Leukemia which is similar.
I’d strongly recommend your vets consulting with this holistic and board certified oncologist, Dr. Betsey Hershey:
She is OUTSTANDING and, no matter how humble and self-deprecating she is, she has had amazing success rates with multiple cancers, and is widely consulted for cancer (her specialty) as well as by neurology specialist vets for challenging conditions where holistic knowledge is needed.
She is additionally certified in Chinese Medicine and Canine Acupuncture, trained in dietary therapy, etc. Also obtain online or from her office the diet protocols & Susan Wynn on homemade. (It’s also worth trying the Ogilvie protocol of Cottage Cheese/Flax Oil.) Ask Dr. Hershey’s office specifically about Wei Qi Immune Booster (patented Chinese medicine blend), also organic greens (sea vegetables/grasses) supplementing. High dose natural Vitamin E & a mega mega dose of decaff green tea extract (being used in clinical human trials at the Mayo Clinic).
For diet, Dr Hershey wants patients on 40% protein (and clean, highly digestible), moderate to high fat, and low carbs. ALL simple carbs and sugar are to be avoided in food and treats. The key is to starve the cancer of sugar and nourish, strengthen the body. She recommends fats like virgin coconut oil.
Above all, do NOT let anyone tell you that your dog has the worst, most lethal form of cancer and has a terrible prognosis (based on blood work numbers or statistics). It’s the whole picture of the dog that matters and holistic, multi-pronged treatment can work wonders.
More cancer fighting foods to make liberal use of:
Herbs & Spices:
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
Chili Pepper (in small amounts!)
Carrots (preferably organic)
Mushrooms, all: especially Enoki, Shiitake, Maitake (also cordyceps)
Bell Peppers (organic)
Organic Non-GMO Tofu
Whole Grains (IF using in homemade or choosing among in a food):
Steel Cut Oats (slow kind)
Whole Wheat (organic)
Organic Virgin Coconut
Extra Virgin Olive
Fish Oil (Clean Source)
Other: Flaxseed (fresh ground), Licorice Root, Decaff Green/Oolong/Black Tea
Source: USDA NAPR ALERT/Natural Products Alert/database of 100, 000 studies from University of Illinois @ Chicago; and Nutritional Almanac (Lavonne J Dunne)
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