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The Neoplasia (Cancer) Diet for Dogs

Actually calling "The Neoplasia" diet a "Cancer Diet"  is simplistic and misleading. It is unlikely that there is just one best diet for all cancers. There is a lot of non-science on this page, but a little science as well. It started with learning of a study that showed that canine lymphoma patients had a better outcome when they had higher fat, higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet. Eventually this resulted in Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.® producing a "Neoplasia" diet. There are other studies as well and various recommendations for appropriate diet for the canine cancer patient.

I think this one is close to the formulation for Hill's N/D.

1lb ground beef (fat drained)
1/3 cup cooked rice
1/3 cup liver
4.5 Tablespoon Vegetable oil (my choice: Safflower/Olive oil mixture)
9 grams fish oil (I just handed Salmon Oil capsules to the dog as a treat: my understanding is the more the merrier)
1/3 teaspoon salt substitute
6.2 grams calcium
1 multivitamin (Theragram M is often recommended)

N/D contains L-Arginine, but I don't think it was included in the original recipe. I added the following based on my reading of the research on diets for canine cancer patients:
1.5 grams L-Arginine
1.5 grams L-Glutamine
1500 IU vitamin E
200 mg CoEnzyme Q10

I used this diet for Tanith when she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. For Tanith I played it rather loose. I can't recommend that. But it is what I needed to do. My main focus was on increasing calories without increasing carbohydrates. Other than that general principle I'm committed to the notion that (1) variety in diet is natural and (2) moderation is rarely risky. Given that I continued feeding her regular ration of kibble (Wellness®) and then topped it off with a protein source, a fat source, a fiber source, and usually most of the additives above. The protein source varied a lot. It could be one or more of cottage cheese, yogurt, sardines, mackerel, boiled/raw chicken, boiled/raw smelt (a kind of whole fish), boiled/raw fish fillets, boiled ground beef. The fat source was flax seed oil mixed into the dinner, and fish oil capsules given as treats. For fiber it was 2 heaping teaspoonfuls of flax seed powder / milled flax seed, 1 heaping teaspoon of guar gum powder (Benefiber® in the laxative section of the drugstore), later I added a small amount of psyllium seed powder (unflavored, no sugar or other ingredients), about 1/4 teaspoon. Keep in mind that there are risks in feeding raw, and not necessarily any good reason to do so. Call it an entirely unscientific leap of faith on my part. And some raw advocates think mixing raw with processed is counter productive. I'm (obviously) not convinced so I went ahead with my heresy. My main concern on the additives was to make sure that I added sufficient calcium to deal with the levels of phosphorus in the protein source. It isn't as obvious as it might seem.

You may find these resources to be useful

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer - Empowerment for Dog Owners, Turn Despair Into Confidence, Become Your Best Friend's Best Advocate 3rd Edition by Laurie Kaplan
Ultimate Diet: Natural Nutrition For Dogs And Cats by Kymythy Schultze

* Tanith * Tanith's Cancer Page



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