No one is ever prepared for the diagnosis of cancer in their best friend. 50% of us, however, are likely to hear it at some time in our companion’s life. We receive many questions at Only Natural Pet Store about the best way to treat cancer and the answer, unfortunately, is just not that simple. Due to the complicated nature of most cancers and their treatment, we highly recommend a consultation with a holistically trained veterinarian. Through the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Referral List you can look for qualified veterinarians in your area. If there are no holistic veterinarians near you, many will do phone consultations. We make an effort to provide some general recommendations for cancer care through the articles and question/answers about cancer in our Holistic Healthcare Library. These contain information about diet and supplements that can be helpful: Cancer Information.
In general, diet is the place to start. Holistic veterinarians will frequently recommend a diet that is low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, and moderate to high fat for cancer patients. Cancer cells utilize glucose from carbohydrates as fuel, so a low carbohydrate diet can be helpful in fighting cancer. Many cancer cells cannot utilize fat as an energy source, and fat in the diet can help combat weight loss as well.
When a home-prepared diet is just not possible, try ready made (frozen) raw food, freeze dried or dehydrated diets, or a very high-quality canned food without grains:
High Quality Canned Foods for Dogs – Choose grain-free or low grain varieties, add fresh vegetables when possible
.High Quality Canned Foods for Cats – Choose grain-free varieties. Adding finely ground fresh vegetables or freshly juiced vegetables such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, and carrots can be beneficial. These contain natural antioxidants as well as providing enzymes to help break down the food.
Often an Immune Support Complex, Antioxidants and possibly a Cleansing/Detoxifying Herbal Formula will be recommended. For more information on these supplements and other steps to take in treating cancer, please read our article about Cancer Prevention and Care.