A diet high in fat has shown to provide the most benefit to canine cancer
patients, because cancer cells have difficulty using fats for energy, and also because cancer cachexia, or weight loss despite
the amount of calories consumed, is caused by depleted body fat stores and can be very hard to reverse once it develops.
The type of fats consumed though, do matter significantly. In the research conducted at Colorado State University, Dr.
Ogilvie and his team found that Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), specifically in the form of fish oil, “may
prevent the development of carcinogen-induced tumors, the growth of solid tumors, as well as the occurrence of cachexia and
metastatic disease in experimental tumor models. Fatty acids of the n-3 series have [also] been shown to normalize elevated
blood lactic acid and insulin levels in non-malignant conditions.” In contrast, Omega-6 fatty acids, “appear
to enhance tumor development and metastases.” (Nutrition and Cancer: Frontiers for Cure!)
Look for high quality fish oils or EPA/DHA supplements
that are free of mercury or other toxins, are fresh, and have a good ratio of EPA to DHA (with a high level of DHA).
Please Note: Stay away from Cod Liver Oil for this purpose, as Cod Liver Oil has a high level
of Vitamin A, which can be toxic in high doses, and always store your fish oil supplements in a cool, dark place. Do
not add before cooking, as heat rapidly destroys the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, fish oil supplements can
have a blood thinning effect, so be sure to tell your vet about any supplements you are giving your dog, especially if your
pup will be having surgery.
This website is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinary professional, and is for informational
purposes only. Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist before giving your dog any
supplements or pursuing any alternative cancer therapies.