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10 February 2024 - 9:48 am
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I was wondering if anyone has feed their dog Honest Ktichen after osteosarcoma diagnosis and amputation? I have read that a low carb diet is really good for dogs with cancer.

Thanks all!

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10 February 2024 - 8:48 pm
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Hi Angela,

I do love Honest Kitchen food! We used to feed it to our Wyatt Ray but he didn't have cancer. What recipe are you considering?

As for low carb diets, we did a whole story about that, here. In short, this is what I learned after sifting through a lot of conflicing opinions

if you mention carbs to any of the ACVN Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists from the “Ask the Veterinary Nutritionist” panel at PetDiets.com, a resource providing independent nutrition consultations for pets with medical conditions, they’ll tell you that eliminating carbs is an unscientific way to feed a dog with cancer:

The low carbohydrate diet for cancer is grossly over rated and without valid supportive data. The original research was done in Labradors with lymphoma and those that ate the high fat diet lived ~50 days longer. The design was problematic because the diets have many different features, not just fat to carb ratio. This study has never been repeated in the last 10 yrs although others have tried.

If I had a dog with cancer again, I would choose to work with a veterinary nutritionist to decide what to feed. Although they come from a more conventional background, I feel like the science behind it is much more solid that what I've seen elsewhere. But everyone is different, you have to do what you feel is right for your pup.

Here are some articles we've written about low carb cancer diets:

Does a Low Carb Pet Cancer Diet Make a Difference?

Three Dog Cancer Diet Tips from Vets

Keto Diet for Pet Cancer: What’s Fact? What’s Not?

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11 February 2024 - 5:55 am
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We went with the grain-free beef recipe as Gaspar is allergic to anything with feathers so it makes it really hard to find a food that doesn’t have chicken in it. He is eating the new food up, which is awesome especially 48 hours post surgery.

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11 February 2024 - 3:28 pm
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Aww that's awesome he's eating it! That's good stuff.

And you're right, it is super hard to find anything without chicken. We've been sticking to lamb and rice for our Nellie. It's only been a little bit of an issue but not too bad. We feed her Natural Balance Limited Ingredient recipe. I like to supplement with fresh veggies and fruits. 

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