Dietary and Nutritional Therapies for Treating Pets with Cancer
Dietary and nutritional supplement holistic therapies can be helpful in a comprehensive cancer treatment program. Homeopathic and herbal remedies are also used to enhance immune function and your pet's well-being. It is best to consult with a veterinarian trained in homeopathy before using such treatments. Cryotherapy and synthetic retinoids are used in a limited number of cancers to help achieve disease remission.
Role of Dietary and Nutritional Therapy in Treating Cancer
Since many cancers thrive on a sugar-rich blood supply, feeding pets with cancer a low carbohydrate, high Omega 3 fatty acid, arginine-type diet is often recommended. There is speculation that when there is a high concentration of wheat, corn and sugar in your pet's diet, that the cancer growth is accelerated. In recent years, veterinary prescription diets specific for cancer management have been developed. Proper homemade diets, such as recipes found in books by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PHD and Donald Strombeck, are highly superior to processed commercial diets. If feeding your pet this type of diet is not possible, natural low-grain pet food such as Wysong Anergen Dog & Cat Dry Food, Halo Dog Food - Adult Dry Dog Food, Halo Spot's Stew Sensitive Dry Cat Food, Wellness Super5Mix Dry Dog Food, and Wellness Canned Cat Food are acceptable alternatives. Adding antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits like blueberries to such pet diets is encouraged. Supplements such as Proanthozone, Oncosupport by Rx Vitamins, 4Life Transfer Factor, K9 Immunity, PolyMVA, and Maitake DMG are also wonderful in many cancer cases. Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation is also recommended for most cancers. Coenzyme Q-10 supplementation such as that found in Cell Advance (for dogs) has also been shown to lessen the side effects of certain types of chemotherapeutic agents.