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RE: Feeding fruits & vegetables to a cancer dog

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In Response to RE: Feeding fruits & vegetables to a cancer dog by drmartybecker

Thank you Dr. Becker.  The reason I bring this subject up is a few of my neighbor's whose dogs were diagnosed with cancer was never told to change their diet by their Vet.  Sadly, both died within a couple of months of diagnosis.  One had osteo-hemangioma, can't remember what the Pug had.  Both were 9.

I was told high protein, low carb, no grains.  Later found out about fatty acids.

Glad you have friends at the top   I'm aware of Dr. Ogilvie.

BTW, for your readers, Colorado State is an excellent place to call for info.  They helped my friend whose cat had a rare form of cancer.

I think fruits (sugar) can cause a tumor to grow, not cause one.

My Whippet is a 2x cancer survivor.  He's 14 and is in great health. He had a mast cell tumor at 10 and thyroidal carcinoma at 12. His mother had cancer. I keep his immune system strong and don't vaccinate.  He also gets fresh foods (rotate with ground buffalo, sardines, mackeral) along with his kibble.  I personally don't feed raw.  I know people who are totally raw and is working for them.

Thanks again!

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There's more and more evidence now that certain kinds of tumors "feed" on carbohydrates, and you may have seen cases were pets (and humans!) with cancer are often put on a diet containing no or minimal simple carbohydrates, low levels even of complex carbohydrates, and high in certain beneficial fatty acids.

And you know what? This is based on research done by my friend and respected colleague, Dr. Gregory Ogilvie, one of the top (and most caring!) veterinary cancer specialists in the world -- you can read it here: http://goo.gl/ld3t. Greg is an incredible clinician along with being one of the great shining lights in the field of veterinary oncology.

However, you should also know there's no research at all showing that consuming the complex carbohydrates that are found in whole fruits and vegetables cause tumors.

I would definitely avoid simple sugars for all pets, except in the smallest quantities, but fresh, whole fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants and nutrients that can help prevent diseases including cancer, and should not be avoided in healthy pets. 

If your pet has cancer, then I would definitely discuss Dr. Ogilvie's research with your veterinarian, and, if you both think it's appropriate, consider putting your pet on this type of diet.

You asked about cancer, but for anyone whose pet is healthy, a balanced diet that includes fresh foods, including fruits and vegetables, is what should be on the menu. We do it for our pets here at Almost Heaven Ranch. Remember, watch out for a few fruits and veggies that aren't good for pets, such as onions, avocados, grapes, and raisins.

Dr. Marty Becker

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Thanks Dr. Becker. I know you recommended fruits and vegetables only as a treat.  

Why do manufacturers add vegetables to the kibble if vegetables isn't necessary?

I was under the impression that fruits can feed cancer cells.

What type of a diet do you recommend to your patients with cancer? 

Thank you.

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Sorry for the delay. See my answer to the question in the fruits and veggies thread.

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Dr. Becker - I'm wondering why you are not answering my questions.  I first posted it on 10/15.

Thank you.

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Hi Dr. Becker,

Do you recommend feeding fruits and vegetables to a dog with cancer? 

If so, which ones do you recommend and which ones to avoid.

What type of a diet do you recommend?

Thank you.

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Hi Dr. Becker,

Do you recommend feeding fruits and vegetables to a dog with cancer? 

If so, which ones do you recommend and which ones to avoid.

What type of a diet do you recommend?

Thank you.

www.whosyourvet.com

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