While advanced canine cancer treatments help to combat the disease, it is important to supplement your dog’s diet with anti-cancerous foods and special diets that strengthen its immune defenses and slow the growth of tumors. Feed your dog the vital nutrients its cancer-ravaged body requires for sustenance, and to increase survival rates and improve its quality of life.
Protein and Fat
Include food that is rich in digestible protein and fat, in your dog’s anti-cancer diet. Protein and fat are a good source of energy and also prevent muscle deterioration. Avoid feeding your dog empty carbohydrates, as tumor cells feed on carbohydrates for energy. Healthy sources of energy should include meats such as chicken, turkey; lean red meats like lamb, beef and pork; fish; eggs and dairy products like whole fat yogurt and cottage cheese.
A diet that is high in fat can retard your dog’s tumor growth, as cancer cells are unable to metabolize fats into energy. Feed your dog healthy fats that are rich in essential fatty acids like Omega 3. The fats can be sourced from fish oil, as well as giving the dog fish like sardines salmon and mackerel. Sprinkling your dog’s food with a tablespoon of yoghurt and flaxseed oil will make the body resilient against the tumor cells. Fat also enables the dog’s body to metabolize important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Fruits and Vegetables
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables will further strengthen your dog’s immune system. Puree and feed your dog brightly colored fruits including apples, berries and watermelon. Add dark green, chlorophyll-rich vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus spears to your dog’s food.
While taking note of these anti-cancer diet recommendations, you should also consult your veterinarian about customizing a specialized diet for your dog based on its cancer type. For instance, a high protein diet cannot be fed to dogs suffering from liver or kidney cancer.
Avoid feeding your canine pet commercial food, as it is high in unhealthy carbohydrates that is derived from grain, starch and sugar, which encourages the growth of cancer cells. Prepare homemade anti-cancer food that is tasty, unprocessed and free from additives and preservatives. In this way you complement your dog’s cancer treatment with wholesome nutritional support and palliative care.