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Features January 2015 Issue

Feeding the Dog with Cancer

Dogs with cancer generally maintain a healthy appetite, even when undergoing chemotherapy.

Feeding the Dog with Cancer

The decision should be based on science, not emotions.

Tufts veterinary nutritionist Cailin Heinze, VMD, DACVN, is frustrated. “Despite what people read on the Internet,” she says, “there is no magic cancer diet. Not only is there no evidence that any specific type of diet is related to the development of cancer in dogs, there is also no clear evidence at this point that any diet can slow the progression or increase the survival of a dog with cancer.” Feeding pets with cancer is a subject very near and dear to Dr. Heinze, whose main research interest is investigating the interactions between diet and metabolism in pets with cancer, in the hopes that someday we will be able to make better nutrition recommendations for pets (and people) with that disease.

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