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

DogCancer.TV: Dog Cancer Diet What to Feed a Dog with Cancer

Are you aware of the value of diet in managing your dog’s cancer? Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger discuss the importance of diet in the management of dog cancer and the impact diet may have on your dog’s life quality.  Watch this video to get empowered.

Transcript of: Dog Cancer Diet What to Feed a Dog with Cancer


James Jacobson: What happens when your dog has cancer? Do you have to change your dog’s diet? Dr. Dressler, I know you write a lot about the dog cancer diet in your book, but what is the role of diet once the dog already has cancer?

Dr. Demian Dressler: Well, a dog cancer diet is a critical piece of the clinical management of dog cancer. A lot of the thoughts that I put into the PDF “Dog Cancer Diet” that you can download from Dog Cancer Blog, it’s an entirely free publication there to help you. A lot of that information is actually taken from human literature. We use a lot of a human literature in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide and the reason is because a lot of the science and the basic in cutting edge research that’s going on in cancer is on the human side. As a matter of fact dogs are models for human cancer and I think that in many times its very, very logical for us to use information from the human side and then put it in our treatment plan for our dog. As a matter of fact, if you look at diet in humans, it’s estimated that one in three cases of human cancer, can be directly cause by dietary choices. We also are seeing a lot of information about the composition of the diet affecting the outcome of the cancer. We can use this information in veterinary medicine so that we can maximize not only the longevity, not only how long our dogs live, but also life quality. In the dog cancer diet recipe we talk about things like carbohydrate restriction we know that simple carbohydrates are the preferred cancer food sources, actually cancer cells like sugar, it’s called the Warburg effect. We talk about the impact of certain omega fatty acids. We talk about the impact of certain natural compounds that are found in the dog cancer diet recipes. By taking all of these things, and putting them together into a dog cancer diet, we can really, really help our dogs with cancer. We can also provide a diet that tastes really good, and so the dog’s life quality can go up. In addition to that, because we’re actively involved in feeding and nurturing our special family members, we can feel really good about what we’re doing to help our dogs because dog cancer unfortunately is a situation where some dog guardians will feel powerless. This is a really good way to feel really good about what we’re doing for our dogs.

James Jacobson: So, this is a special diet, is this something that you should be able to feed to any kind of dog or just dogs with cancer?

Dr. Demian Dressler: No, this a specially modified diet that specifically designed to address the metabolic derangements that happen when a dog has cancer particular a systemic cancer meaning, a cancer where its spread throughout the body or there’s still cancer cells left in the body. So this is not a normal sort of everyday diet for your average healthy dog.

James Jacobson: So you can pick up the recipes and basically the whole process of how to do that for free in The Dog Cancer Diet book which is available at Dr. Ettinger, do you have any comments about the role of diet while dog is being treated for cancer?

Dr. Susan Ettinger: No, I think the role of diet is very important and I think that the homemade diet that Dr. Dressler’s come up with his great option, but I also like to point out for some of those busy people out there that if you can’t do a homemade diet, he has included some other commercial diets, where other ways, that you can go about in and improving your dog’s diet and it doesn’t always have to be completely homemade diet because that can be a little overwhelming for some people as well, but it’s an option for you and I think it’s a good resource for everyone.

James Jacobson: Great! Well, Dr. Dressler, Dr. Ettinger thank you so much for joining us today.

Dr. Susan Ettinger: Thanks.

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  1. Cindy Blevins on June 3, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Can this food listed I. The Dog Cancer Diet be cooked in a crockpot? This would be less time consuming and overall easier. Are their any additional recipes using these foods?

    • Molly Jacobson on June 3, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Cindy! Yes, many folks use a crockpot or Instant Pot to cook the food in the diet. The overall guidelines are there to give you an idea of how much of the foods to use, but you can make up any combination of meat and veg you like that your dog finds appetizing 🙂

  2. Suzie Riley on February 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I would love to get the receipt for dog with cancer cause I’m not familiar what to feed to make him feel comfotable

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on February 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

      Hello Suzie,

      Thanks for writing. As Dr. D writes in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, there are a number of things that you, as your dog’s Primary Healthcare Advocate, can do (with help from your vet) to help your dog with cancer–convention treatments, nutraceuticals, mind-body strategies, immune boosters and anti-metastatic’s and diet. Here’s a link to the Dog Cancer Diet PDF that readers of the blog can get for free :

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