Dear friends and fellow dog lovers,
Here is the follow up on the CLA post…
Just for the record, I don’t care for the stuff. The forms of CLA are all mixed together usually. At some point they will separate the forms of CLA in the mixture, and then we can re-assess. At this time though, at least one of the forms in the mix does yucky things.
Here are reasons why I feel this way:
One thing I really do not care for is that CLA lowers cancer-fighting adiponectin levels in the body (previous blog).
It also increases blood sugar (sugar is cancer food) and promotes weight loss (bad in dogs losing weight already due to cancer). It also causes the release of inflammatory signals in the body. Inflammation is linked to cancer progression (here is more info
I know that some out there will insist upon CLA, it worked for so and so’s dog, and this person said it is good… okay, okay! Here’s some stuff you can do if you are using a CLA-containing supplement for your dog with cancer, whether it be lymphosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumor, osteosarcoma, or some other common canine cancer.
1. Fight blood sugar elevations caused by CLA. Avoid sugars and white carbs in the diet, and restrict carbs overall. Use EGCG to lower blood sugar
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2. Fight inflammatory signals caused by CLA. Go with curcumin or EGCG, they both inhibit the enzyme called COX-2 that does most of the bad stuff seen with inflammation. You could also use a little peroxicam from your vet, and a very low dose if you use it with EGCG. See old blogs on these topics for more info.
What about the dogs with mycosis fungoides, that type of lymphosarcoma that responds to safflower oil (safflower oil has CLA in it)? Well, if it is working, I would definitely combine it with some anti inflammatory agent too. EGCG would be a good choice. The inflammatory signals created in the body by safflower oil are not healthy.
3. If you insist on this supplement for cancer, and your dog is already losing weight, please be sure to also combine it with abundant omega-3’s (previously discussed) in addition to the anti inflammatory. These help block CLA from worsening any pre-existing weight loss.
The topic of cancer diets is food for another post.
Always check with your vet and veterinary oncologist before using any treatments on this blog. This blog is provided for information only, not recommendations for a any specific dog.
Best to all,
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.