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Cancer/Chemo heart healthy diet for older dog
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4 December 2023
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13 December 2023 - 6:28 am
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I’ve been doing a ton of research on the best meals to make my pup while she is going through her cancer treatment. Many of the recipes call for high fat food which, from what I understand, is good for helping fight the cancer cells since the feed off of carbohydrates. One of the most concerning things to me is that she does have a slight heart issue. Any tips on on this? Is it just a choice of fighting the cancer or keeping her heart healthy? Any insight on this would be so appreciated. There are many factors out of our control through this treatment process that make us feel helpless, but food is something that is a bit more in our control in trying to help our pups!

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13 December 2023 - 10:36 am
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Hi Jeremy, what a great question.

I agree, helping our dogs through better quality food is one thing we do have control over. And it's super smart of you to ask about how a high fat diet would affect her heart health. I think that is a great question for your vet, because I just don't know myself.

What I do know is that as much as the no-carb high fat diets are all over the place in dog cancer diet articles etc., the proof on how they work is still very limited. See this article we published a while back.

Your best bet to get a clear-cut answer on the best diet for her would be to talk to a board-certified veterinary nutritionist. They can create a diest specifically for her needs that would help you feel good about what she's eating. They're not inexpensive to consult with, and can be tough to locate, but if you can do it, I feel you get your money's worth, rather than throwing darts and hoping some diet off the web will work for her.

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14 December 2023 - 6:52 am
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Dogs don't get blocked coronary arteries like people do from heart disease so higher fat should not be a problem. Depending on what is actually wrong with her heart there are cardiac diets that are supplemented with taurine and carnitine. Coenzyme Q is also beneficial for heart muscle.


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14 December 2023 - 10:46 am
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LOVE you Dr. Pam!!!! Thank you so much for your insight and expertise!!! sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

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