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Feeding a natural diet is of utmost important to a cancer patient to provide balanced nutrition, which will fortify their immune system and support them in their fight against cancer.  It is important that cancer patients are eating quality useable proteins, moderate amounts of healthy fats, minimal amounts of carbohydrates and fruit sugars, and adequate green leafy roughage to maintain colon health.

Following is a guideline of how this diet looks for your dog:

Day 1: Lean muscle meat (all fat trimmed off) with blended leafy greens and a healthy fat source

Day 2: Mix of lean muscle meats and organ meats with greens followed by a raw meaty bone that has been scalded with boiling water (assuming no gastrointestinal compromise)

Day 3: Steamed pumpkin, or smoothie made with fruits and greens.  Berries are particularly good to include in the diet of a cancer patient.

Day 4: As per day 1

Day 5: As per day 2

Day 6: As per day 1

Day 7: As per day 2

 

 

 

How Much to Feed

The amount you need to feed will depend on a lot of factors, including your dog’s weight and body condition, activity levels, stage of disease, and whether any cachexia is present (meaning the cancer has changed the metabolism making it harder for your dog to maintain weight).

Generally your dog will want to eat more food on the meat days, and less on the fruit/vegetable days.  If your dog is underweight, aim for between 4-6% of their bodyweight as their daily ration.  An overweight dog will need less food, as we want to reduce their weight to get their body into a state that is less supportive of cancer growth.  If your dog is overweight, you may only need to feed 1.5-2% of their bodyweight as their daily ration.

 

How Often to Feed

The outline above is for a once daily feeding plan.  Most dogs are quite happy fed only once a day, but in severe cachexic states you may need to increase the frequency of the meals to two or three times a day.

Some dogs may enjoy a breakfast meal a few times a week.  The ‘Budwig protocol’ combines cottage cheese and flaxseed oil and has been shown to help fight cancer, this can be fed a few times a week.  You need to blend 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed flaxseed oil with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese until emulsified.

 

Supplements

Recommended supplements will vary depending on your dog’s condition.  Generally fish oil or krill oil are recommended in high doses for most cancer patients, and a sea vegetable supplement such as Natrakelp liquid kelp are often beneficial.  Green powders like barley or wheat grass, chlorella and spirulina are also helpful.