[00:00:00] >> Dr. Demian Dressler: One of the hallmarks of cancers is that cancer cells use glucose and sugar, carbohydrates as their preferred fuel source. And if you restrict those things from the diet, you’ll see in lab animals, and also in human studies that these animals not only do better with their cancer treatments, but they also live longer and they live with better life quality.
[00:00:19] >> Announcer: Welcome to Dog Cancer Answers where we help you, help your dog with cancer. Here’s your host, James Jacobson.
[00:00:27] >> James Jacobson: Welcome to Dog Cancer Answers. What is the best food to feed a dog with cancer? Is there a good diet to follow? What type of food do you feed a dog with cancer is a question that we get so much and Dr. Demian Dressler, co-author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, along with oncologist, Dr. Sue Ettinger, has written extensively about this very topic. Today, Dr. Dressler takes a question from Linda in Alabama on one of our short Q and A shows. Here’s the question.
[00:01:01] >> Linda: Hi, my name is Linda. I’m calling from central Alabama.
[00:01:05] I have a question about my dog Brutus. He was diagnosed in January with subcutaneous mast cell tumor. He had eye surgery for that in January. In March, it came back again and he had to have a surgery. As of last week, we have now discovered he has a round cell tumor and he will have to have surgery next Monday to remove that.
[00:01:33] My question is, what type of food do I need to feed him? At present, I have been feeding him the Nature’s Logic, dry dog food, and I cook some vegetables like green vegetables to put on his toppers with a little meat. I just did not know what to do to further help him. If you could answer my question, I sure would appreciate it.
[00:01:58] >> James Jacobson: Dr. Dressler. This is a diet question.
[00:02:01] >> Dr. Demian Dressler: Yeah. Good question. And it’s really common question and it’s overlooked a lot by veterinarians and oncologists. What do you feed a dog with cancer? One of the hallmarks of cancer is that cancer cells use glucose and sugar carbohydrates as their preferred fuel source.
[00:02:15] And if you restrict those things from the diet, you’ll see in lab animals, and also in human studies that these animals not only do better with their cancer treatments, but they also live longer and they live with better life quality. So carbohydrate restriction is really important, even though it’s commonly ignored.
[00:02:31] So one of the big parts of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, the book that was written for this, by myself and Dr. Ettinger is to address diet. And this there’s a whole recipe in there. All of the different cancer fighting additives that you can do, all of the home cooking specific instructions and also comments on commercial foods.
[00:02:48] But if you were to make a generalization on commercial foods, you want a good quality food that’s made with low cooking temperatures. And if you’re going to pick between say kibble and something else, kibble being dry, crunchy dog food, you’d probably want to do something else. And that’s gonna be either canned food or preferrably, dehydrated food that’s cooked under human cooking conditions and low temperatures as well. And is carbohydrate restricted. Low carbs, low grain. That’s what you want to do. Um, but there’s definitely a lot more information in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide that can help with that.
[00:03:17] >> James Jacobson: Thank you, Dr. Dressler. And Linda, I hope that helps. Diet and what to feed a dog with cancer is such a big topic these days.
[00:03:28] That’s why this season, we are going to do several episodes on this very subject. Today was just a quick dive and quick Q and A from a listener, from Linda, but we will be doing a lot more deep dives on this subject, because I know is of interest to so many people. If you would like to download the free Dog Cancer Diet, which Dr. Dressler talked about it’s excerpted from the full Dog Cancer Survival Guide book, and you can get the free diet by following the link in the show notes for this episode, or by visiting our website at DogCancerAnswers.com. And if you don’t just want an excerpt, but would like to get the full 500 page book, the publishers have an offer for you.
[00:04:11] That’s because this episode of Dog Cancer Answers is brought to you by the best-selling animal health book, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler, who you’ve just been hearing from, and Dr. Sue Ettinger, who is a veterinary oncologist in New York.
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[00:06:05] That is our entire Q and A show for today. It’s kind of quick, it went by fast, but as I said, we will be doing more episodes on diet and nutrition and what you can do. I hope you will check out the book or at least download the free Dog Cancer Diet to start working that into your own regimen with your dog.
[00:06:23] If you would like to ask a question for a future episode, you can do that by calling our listener line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That number is (808) 868-3200. That’s (808) 868-3200. Or of course you can just visit our website at DogCancerAnswers.com. Please subscribe to our show in your favorite podcast application. And don’t forget, we do have a private Facebook group, which you can join. The details are on our website at DogCancerAnswers.com.
[00:06:55] I’d like to thank Dr. Demian Dressler for being our guest today. If you’d like to reach to him directly, his website is www.VetInKihei.com, and Kihei is spelled K-I-H-E-I, VetInKihei.com. Until next time, I’m James Jacobson. From all of us here at Dog Cancer Answers, I wish you and your dog, a warm, Aloha..
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