If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, you want to do everything you can to help them maintain strength and wellness. A nutritious diet plays a significant role in the healing and recovery process. The best food for dogs with cancer considers their specific nutrient requirements, balances the different food groups for optimal vitamin and mineral absorption, and sources the highest quality ingredients. In this way, a custom food developed specifically for a dog with cancer may assist tremendously in strengthening their immune system and give them more energy to heal and to feel their best.
At Canine Biologics, our team of veterinarians, oncologists, nutritionists, and biochemists researched and evaluated studies and clinical trials in order to develop a special nutrition system for dogs with cancer. We formulated a 3-part integrated nutrition system that supports digestive, immune, skin and coat, and other important physiologic systems. Our special food for dogs, salmon oil, and supplements specifically assist dogs who are struggling with cancer, receiving cancer treatment, or in remission from cancer.
What Is Our Custom Food for Dogs Made From?
We use 100% human-grade food to ensure health and safety standards and to provide the best quality food for dogs.
The first part of our Canine Biologics Integrated Nutrition System is our high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate food. An ideal canine cancer diet takes into account that a high carbohydrate diet may fuel cancer cells, according to a breadth of studies. That’s precisely why our specialty dog food for cancer only contains a low amount of complex carbohydrates coming from energy dense and nutritionally dense sources, such as brown rice, flax seed meal, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Further, a high-protein diet may aid in maintaining lean muscle mass and obtaining a healthy weight.
Additionally, fatty sources of protein and extra healthy fats help with maintaining high energy levels, which is crucial for quality of life. We choose high-fat and low-fat cuts of chicken and incorporate flaxseed meal which contains essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Furthermore, we incorporate fiber to facilitate healthy digestion. Fiber is especially important for dogs who are going through cancer, which can lower their appetite and impact your dog’s digestive system, making it critical to maintain a suitable fiber standard in our food for dogs.
When combined with the other two parts of our Canine Biologics Integrated Nutrition System, supplement mix and salmon oil, the daily nutritional requirements of dogs with cancer are met or exceeded. Furthermore, as we cook our foods to minimum safe temperatures, we preserve the maximum amount of nutrients possible. Why do we cook our ingredients? Raw meats and other food may contain harmful pathogens and organisms that unnecessarily put your dog’s already compromised immune system at further risk.
We freeze-dry our food to maintain freshness and lock in the nutrients. As such, you can rest assured that you are providing an optimally nutritious diet for your dog during this challenging time.
High-quality meat should be a priority when dogs have cancer or cancer treatment. When dogs are going through cancer, one of the most common side-effects is a reduced appetite. Dogs are omnivores with a strong preference for meat, they inherently enjoy the flavor. In this way, incorporating a significant amount of meat into food for dogs with cancer can appeal to them greatly and encourage them to eat.
Meat is also an excellent source of fat, vitamins, and minerals. While some meats are potentially dangerous for certain types of dog cancer, chicken, is a great option for all. Canine Biologics incorporates high-quality chicken, without chicken meal or other questionable ingredients, into our dog food to assist in building and maintaining a healthy immune system. High-quality meat may stimulate healthy hormone production, and help your dog retain lean muscle mass.
Vegetables are an important part of any nutrition system for dogs. Vegetables are low in carbohydrates, a potentially significant factor in fighting cancer. Plus, they offer an abundance of vitamins and minerals that boost your dog’s immune system and improve gut health. In our Canine Biologics food for dogs, we add sweet potatoes and green beans, nutrient-dense sources of soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin A, C, and B6.
- Fiber: In dogs, fiber is an excellent way to help regulate the digestive system and bowel movements. Likewise, it helps build a stronger immune system as it is believed to directly correlate with a healthy gut.
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A can support cell functions throughout the whole body and improve the immune system.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that goes after free radicals and reduces inflammation. It also plays a vital role in collagen production.
- Vitamin B6: B-Vitamins enhance and support many bodily functions such as red blood cells, hormones, the nervous system, and the immune system. Vitamin B6 deficiency can have the opposite effects, potentially compromising your dog’s immune system.
Grains are a great source of protein and energy, yet not every type of grain is equal. We specifically choose brown rice as the only grain in our Canine Biologics dog food, as it is a slow-digesting, complex carbohydrate. It provides a sustainable source of energy and regulates blood sugar levels. We also incorporate flaxseed meal, containing an exceptional amount of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, flax seed contains lignans, proven to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.
Our Supplements for Dogs
The second part of our 3-part Canine Biologics Integrated Nutrition System is our specially formulated nutritional supplements. Our supplements ensure that your canine has a well-balanced diet, composed of 25 vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, and plant extracts. With superfoods such as mushrooms for dogs and wild Alaskan salmon oil for dogs, you can feel confident you are giving your pet the best diet available. Our supplements help ensure that your dog will receive all their nutrient needs.
1. Plant Extracts
Plant extracts are important components in any healthy diet, as they have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, amongst many other significant benefits for dogs with cancer. Important plant extracts in our dog supplements include:
Beta Glucans: Beta glucans can boost a dog’s immune system when it has been compromised by an illness or disease, such as cancer. They also have the unique ability to regulate the immune system when it is overactive, which can also occur when a dog has cancer. In this manner, beta glucans can help achieve a balanced immune system which is the ideal active state to adequately fight disease. For example, studies show that beta glucans may activate innate immune cells, triggering an anti-tumor immune response.
Cordyceps Medicinal Mushrooms: Many can attest to the powerful benefits of mushrooms for dogs with cancer. Cordyceps are a specific type of fungus, possessing special antifungal and antibacterial properties. They may also reduce blood sugar levels, key in fighting cancer.
Genistein: Genistein is a naturally occurring compound in fermented soy products, known for inhibiting certain types of cancer growth. Genistein, a soy isoflavone, has shown promise in halting carcinogenesis in animals.
Silybin: Silybin is an antioxidant found in milk thistle plants. It can limit the progression of cancer growth and it can strengthen the immune system. It also protects the liver from the side effects of chemotherapy.
2. Amino Acids
Excellent dog supplements should also contain essential amino acids, as they are necessary to develop and build healthy and strong skin, coat, and muscles. A healthy dog can create a significant number of amino acids themselves, within their own bodies, and receive the other portion from the food they eat. Dogs with cancer may need extra support, as the function of creating amino acids may slow. Since they may not have a regular appetite, it is important to give them a supplement that contains amino acids. For this reason, Canine Biologics Supplements for Dogs With Cancer contain:
- Glutamine: Glutamine is important for improving a dog's digestive system, especially to reduce digestive system damage and inflammation from cancer or its treatments. Likewise, it can improve the immune system because gut health is directly correlated with the immune system.
- Arginine: Arginine can inhibit the growth and spread of certain cancers. It can also improve the immune system overall.
3. Vitamins and Minerals
At Canine Biologics, we follow the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to ensure that our products, including our dog supplements for cancer, provide a complete nutritional approach for your dog. An ideal balance of vitamins and minerals is important in any nutritious canine diet. However, it is crucial for a dog with an infection, illness, or disease, currently undergoing treatment, or recovering and healing. In fact, our supplements contain important vitamins and minerals such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Calcium, Choline, Cysteine, D3, E, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Taurine, Thiamine, and Zinc.
Salmon Oil for Dogs
The third part of our integrative nutrition system is our salmon oil for dogs. The omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA found in cold water fish, especially salmon, may help to reduce cancer-related weight loss and promote digestion. These ingredients may also aid in the absorption and retention of other important nutrients. An all-around superfood, salmon oil is well-known for improving the skin, reducing itchiness associated with some cancers and cancer treatments, and reducing inflammation. Overall, it may help your dog feel happier and healthier while they fight and recover from cancer. But these effects are only evident when the oil is provided at specific levels not normally directed.
Omega-3 fatty acids may have potential cancer prevention effects. Further, omega-3 fatty acids may improve your dog’s response to chemotherapy, allowing for a lower dosage, potentially limiting toxicity related to chemotherapy.
At Canine Biologics, we ensure that our salmon is sustainably sourced from wild Alaskan waters. When analyzing the nutrient profiles of captivity-farmed salmon or wild salmon, our experts found that wild salmon contain higher levels of fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals. Moreover, we molecularly distill our salmon oil in order to be sure it is free of PCBs, heavy metals, toxins, and other dangerous contaminants while maintaining the integrity of important nutrients. In this way, we ensure that your dog receives safe salmon oil for dogs with cancer.
Our Integrated Nutrition System
Altogether, our specialty dog food for cancer, our dog supplements, and our salmon oil make up a complete and balanced integrated nutrition system for dogs. In fact, our approach to dogs with cancer brings together everything necessary to meet or exceed your dog’s daily nutritional needs.
An ideal dog cancer diet should be low-carbohydrate and moderate- to high-protein, and we designed and formulated our custom food for dogs with this in mind. We include high-quality protein, fat and complex carbohydrates to create the best food for dogs with cancer. When you add in our supplements, a rich source of extra nutrients, your dog will benefit from immune, digestive, and other physiologic systems support.
Moreover, our salmon oil for dogs with cancer adds the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA, which are essential for numerous functions throughout a dog’s body.
If your dog has cancer, is receiving cancer treatment, or is in remission from cancer, Canine Biologics Integrated Nutrition System will help ensure your dog is receiving an optimal and balanced diet.