Rising Above the Food Feartopia: Creating a Wellness-Centered Nutritional Care Plan for Your Pet
Considerations on Feeding for Well-Being
For my cancer patients I recommend shifting to a clean diet when possible. This means getting off highly processed dog foods with low quality ingredients and minimizing exposure to chemicals and toxins. There are many options for cleaner feeding depending on your lifestyle and financial situation. When possible, feeding organic, minimally processed foods is the most effective way to provide a diet with minimal toxin and carcinogen content.
Clean feeding is a commitment to your pet's health. This isn't difficult once you create new habits for your pet and is a rewarding journey, the benefits of which you will both enjoy.
This option is accessible to every family that is motivated to make feeding for healing a priority.
Read about finding a fear-free balanced perspective to feeding that fits your situation here.
Read about science behind natural feeding here.
Read about why avoiding grains (and legumes) can decrease your pet's exposure to certain toxins and carcinogens here.
There is a lot of interest in ketogenic diets recently, and with populatory comes a plethora of public information which may or may not be accurate regarding how ketogenic diets relate to cancer management. A ketogenic diet is a therapeutic diet and lifestyle change. There is emerging information suggesting it may be a powerful therapeutic intervention and tool for healing after a diagnosis of cancer for the right patient and family. But it must be done correctly, which requires strict adherence to the dietary protocol. The theory behind a ketogenic diet, when used as a cancer therapy, revolves around shifting the body's metabolism from sugar-using to fat-using. In order to accomplish this, your dog must enter a state of "ketosis". This is an extreme diet which requires strict calorie restriction and feeding a raw, high fat, low carbohydrate, moderate protein diet while monitoring blood ketones.
This may be an accessible option for families who have interest in raw food preparation, can enforce a strict diet, are able to perform the necessary blood testing at home and are willing to follow-up with recommended veterinary monitoring needed to determine the timing of dietary adjustments.
Read more about the ketogenic diet for dogs here.