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Dog Cancer Diet

Cancer is a dreaded disease that is not only threatening to human beings but also to animals and is being a major cause of concern to many dog parents as they are on the rise.



Dog cancer causes a lot of pain and trouble to the pet along with reducing their life expectancy, however, not all cancers turn fatal and can be treated if they are diagnosed in time and provided with the right treatment. The exact cause of dog cancer is not very clear but genetic mutation seems to be the basic cause wherein mutation is the result of a severe inflammation or a lot of oxidation.



Polluted air, water, harmful chemicals that can be got from products used for flea control and tick control, too much exposure to radiation through x-rays and so on are also other possible causes that lead to dog cancer. Pet food of very poor quality could also be another reason.



There are different kinds of cancer that dogs can be affected by and could be tumors either of the skin, mammary glands or reproductive system. Dog cancer treatment is possible wherein a lot of attention and care needs to be given to the dog. Surgery is the option for dogs that have benign tumors and other treatments may also be used like chemotherapy, hyperthermia and radiotherapy to name a few.

Dog cancer diet plays a very crucial role in determining your dog’s recovery as the health of the dog is dependant on that. A weak immune system is the root cause for cancer because of which dogs are very easily susceptible to this dreaded disease and the immune system can be strengthened with the help of a proper diet. A dog cancer diet should not contain sugar as cancer cells are known to thrive on sugar and thus, their diet should consist of a very little amount of simple sugar, moderate quantity of complex sugar, high quality proteins that are easily digestible in small quantities and certain amount of fats that are needed. Make sure that you do not feed your dog grains. Essential fatty acids are extremely important in their diet where omega 3 fatty acids provide them with energy and also aids in stopping the growth of the tumor. Foods that are rich sources of these are salmon and other cold water fish, flaxseed oil and so on. However, do not include omega 6 fatty acids as it is said to increase the rate at which the tumor grows.

 
  Submitted on June 8, 2010