Why an Integrated Nutrition Approach to Canine Cancer Matters

Good nutrition is essential for remission, recovery, and quality of life in canine cancer.

It's not just that good nutrition prevents the symptoms of malnutrition. Dogs with cancer that don't get the nutrition they need have issues with wound healing. Surgical incisions, radiation damage, ordinary cuts and scrapes, and bites from fleas and other parasites won't heal if your dog isn't getting the needed amino acids from high-protein foods. 

Dogs with cancer typically develop electrolyte imbalances. Cancer cells act a little like vacuum cleaners for glucose, the sugar that powers every cell in your dog's body. Cancer cells burn tremendous amounts of glucose.

Every time a single molecule of glucose enters a cell, it is accompanied by three sodium ions. Cancer cells deplete a dog's blood plasma of sodium, and electrolyte imbalances can follow.

Dogs with cancer are prone to a condition called cachexia. The term cachexia comes from two Greek words kakos hexos, or "bad condition." In cachexia, cancer cells are multiplying out of control, demanding a significant quantity of amino acids.

Proteins are made from chains of amino acids, but every protein is made from amino acids in a set order and in set amounts. If your dog's diet doesn't provide enough of just one essential amino acid, cancer cells can send out signals that lead to the breakdown of healthy cells to provide the amino acids cancer wants. 

Breaking down healthy tissue to get just one kind of amino acid is bad enough. But a dog's body can't store all the other amino acids liberated from the destruction of healthy tissue indefinitely. Your dog's liver must break down those extra amino acids into urea and glucose. Then, because urea is highly acidic, your dog's kidneys need to find a way to keep your dog's blood pH from sinking too low. They can send out signals that break down bone to provide calcium.

In addition to the implications of protein metabolism in the face of cancer, critical fats are also necessary. Getting all these nutrients can be a very difficult job in your own especially without expensive, expert guidance.

Or you can just provide your dog complete nutrition formulated by veterinarians with specializations in cancer and nutrition. The right nutrition should help your dog fight cancer and support their immune system while not fueling cancer cells.

An Integrated Nutrition System for Canine Cancer

Canine Biologics’ Integrated Nutrition System includes human-grade food and premium supplements that tastes good and provides all the nutrients needed to support your dog’s digestive, immune and other important physiologic systems. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon oil provides the essential fatty acids that aren't in dry dog food; in fact, grain-based dry pet food cancels the essential fatty acids that help to keep inflammation in check.

Advances in veterinary medicine are making more and more forms of canine cancer more and more survivable. But the best food for dogs with cancer from Canine Biologics will give your dog a complete nutritional edge to get the most from the best cancer treatment you and your veterinarian can provide.