- Posted January 5, 2014 by
How Diet May Help Dogs with Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is unfortunately one of the types of cancers your dog can get. While it is rare compared to other cancers, it is also serious and has minimal treatment options. If your dog has been diagnosed with this type of cancer, changing their diet can help them manage the disease and ease some of the side effects.
Why They Need a Special Diet
Pancreatic cancer can be very hard on your dog’s digestive system, not to mention how weakened their immune system becomes. Similar with humans, dogs need to go on a special diet to eat nutritious foods, and avoid those foods and ingredients that tend to worsen their indigestion or abdominal pain. Nutrients help your dog build more new tissue at a faster rate.
Negative Effects of Improper Nutrition
It first helps to understand what foods are bad for your dog when they have pancreatic cancer or any other type of cancer affecting their digestive system. Lack of nutrition can cause liver complications, weakened kidneys and atrophy of their muscles.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods to avoid include grains like corn, wheat and rice, table scraps and overly processed foods. Read the label carefully to become familiar with ingredients in different store-bought dog foods. If your dog is outdoors in grass or fields often, watch them closely and try not to let them eat the grass and other grains they may find there.
Tips for Dietary Changes
Protein is one of the most important things your dog needs in their new diet if they have pancreatic cancer. Dogs can get protein from ground turkey or hamburger, chicken, eggs, cottage cheese and canned sardines. If you are making their meals, be sure you are getting the right amount of nutrients. Otherwise, you can choose canned or dry food with the right amount of protein. There should also be a high fat content in their food, as well as plenty of omega fatty acids, such as in fish oil. Some foods that are good include vegetables like broccoli, spinach and carrots, apples without seeds, grapefruit and pears, flax seed, alfalfa, kelp, ground meat and raw bones, though avoid cooked because they can splinter.
If you are having trouble getting your dog to eat enough nutritious foods, such as fruits or vegetables, try mixing it with yogurt or cottage cheese. This adds more protein to their meals, as well as fat they need.