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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Salt

Updated: November 14th, 2018

We are talking about plain old table salt, otherwise known as sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is an electrolyte and necessary for bodily function, for both humans and dogs. Salt should not be used as a seasoning for your dog’s food as it can create a slightly acidic condition in the body, which elevates the chance of cancer cell development. Instead, Dr. Dressler promotes the use of salt substitutes in your dog’s diet. For more information on the Dog Cancer Diet, please consult Chapter 14 in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.

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Dietary sodium chloride intake independently predicts the degree of hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis in healthy humans consuming a net acid-producing diet. Frassetto LA, Morris RC Jr, Sebastian A. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2007 Aug;293(2):F521-5.

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