Newsletter - September 2015
Of the ill dogs I deal with, few diseases are as immediately threatening as cancers, so I am providing this report in an effort to help. I do this now and then because people feel paralyzed when given this kind of news about their dog, so a refresher can make a big difference.
Cancer cells make pretty good use of iron and even better use of copper. It's worth reviewing the home-made diet, or switching to a balanced home-made diet in order to control the amounts of these minerals. Your dog continues to need both copper and iron, so don't starve the diet of these minerals, but don't oversupply them either. I am usually quite stingy with the amount of copper for these dogs.
Omega 3 fatty acids: For my money, I choose wild salmon oil each and every time. Be certain it's high quality without the worry of heavy metal contamination, and you should always know the vitamin D content. Every fish oil provides vitamin D, so not being able to find the amount means nobody tested the product for vitamin D. The amount to use per the gold standard: 100 mg of wild salmon oil per pound of body weight. This applies to dogs fed a home-prepared diet without fish.
Cancer cells spread through the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). These new blood vessels provide transport of nutrition and oxygen for new sites of cancer cells. Once the transport is established, aggressive growth occurs. So, it makes sense to do all that's possible to feed things that stand the best chance of slowing down, or stopping this process. This is far more complex than it sounds. The properties of some foods, herbs and natural compounds can compliment, or oppose another. Best bet: receive guidance from a veterinarian, and put it together with a strong nutritional program.
Turmeric/curcumin, Boswellia (check with the vet), grapeseed extract, milk thistle, IP-6 with inositol, green tea (Warning: must be decaffeinated! and under supervision of a vet), ginkgo biloba (see the vet), medicinal mushrooms, and CoQ10 have become almost standard these days because there is scientific evidence to back them up. Of course, other things might be good as well, but you're walking a fine line when you decide to feed something without knowing possible interactions between herbs et al. That's why scientific evidence carries more clout in certain instances. It's also why some of these things can be contraindicated for certain cancers, or medical protocols, so I repeat - check with the vet.
If you are going to treat cancer with chemo, consider L-Glutamine for protection of the GI tract: "Oral glutamine helped reduce chemotherapy-induced mucositis and gastrointestinal toxicity"
This newsletter could turn into a book, and my individual approach to all diets could make it a thick book at that. While you consider all of the above, here are other pieces of info you can take advantage of:
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