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Bones & Co. cancer kit

“My dog has cancer, what’s next?”

Having a dog develop cancer is a heart-wrenching, exhausting, and often confusing experience. There is so much information out there that it can be difficult to tell what’s up and down. If you’re in this situation, we’ve developed this kit for you.

This cancer kit is intended to be a jumping off point for your research, question-asking, and plan-making during this difficult time. If you’re overwhelmed by the question, “where do I start?” we’re here to help.

Below, you’ll find lists, resources, blogs, and scientific articles collected to help give you an idea of where you’re at and where you want to go. Although we are not veterinarians and cannot give specific medical advice, we are passionate dog advocates who have done a lot of research about cancer + dogs. We think this information can provide valuable, informative, and helpful insight into canine cancer and what your options are.

ChecklisT | Find A VeT | Scientific Articles | Resources | Blogs


To begin, please download our Cancer White Paper to review:

  • Canine cancer statistics

  • The most important things to consider when your dog has cancer

  • What dogs with cancer should and should not eat, according to leading science

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☐ Research veterinarians

☐ Become an expert on your dog’s type of cancer and all treatment options available

☐ Avoid lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, and other toxins (according to dr. becker)

☐ Consider tracking your dog’s mood, Medications, weight, and diet on a daily basis

☐ Create a plan and backup plan in case of an emergency

More…

Find A Holistic Vet

At Bones & Co., we are huge fans of holistic veterinarians because they take into consideration the whole picture and don’t separate the dog from their disease. According to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association:

“Holistic medicine, by its very nature, is humane to the core. The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle, minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction. Holistic thinking is centered on love, empathy, and respect.

In treating an animal, a holistic veterinarian will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for a given individual. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. Therein lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. The holistic practitioner is interested not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.

Many patients present in a state of “disease.” At this point the holistic challenge lies in the question “why?” A simple-appearing symptom may have several layers of causation. When one area of the body is ill, it can manifest in many different ways. Only when the true cause of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a lasting recovery.

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Holistic Vets We Love

DR. CHERYL PETEREIN

VETERINARIAN & MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC VETERINARY ASSOCIATION 

Bedford, TX

“I never get tired of hearing and seeing the benefits and improvements of having my patients on the actual natural diet they need to thrive.” 


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DR. CLAY BERNARD

VETERINARIAN & OWNER OF EVEN FLOW VETERINARY HERBAL & ACUPUNCTURE

MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN HOLISTIC VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION & WORLD ASSOCIATION OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE VETERINARY MEDICINE

Austin, TX

“Our pets are our family, and in order for them to be at the pinnacle of health, they need to ingest as much whole, unprocessed food ingredients as possible…Quality, whole food ingredients should be the cornerstone of any pet’s health plan, and in my experience, Bones & Co. is proving to be instrumental in this endeavor.”


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scientific articles

KETOGENIC DIET DECREASES OXIDATIVE STRESS AND IMPROVES MITOCHONDRIAL RESPIRATORY COMPLEX ACTIVITY

“In contrast to the somatic mutation theory, emerging evidence suggests that cancer is a mitochondrial metabolic disease, according to the original theory of Otto Warburg.”


Ketogenic diets as an adjuvant cancer therapy: History and potential mechanism

“…preclinical results have demonstrated the safety and potential efficacy of using ketogenic diets in combination with radio-chemo-therapy to improve responses in murine cancer models.”


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer—a review

“Nevertheless, both recent and older research studies have shown that HBO can be inhibitory and reduce cancer growth in some cancer types, like breast cancer. On the other hand, cervical and bladder cancers appear to be nonresponders to HBO.”


Processed Diets & DigestIVE ENZYMES

“…animals are biologically programmed to produce specific types and amounts of digestive enzymes in response to food ingestion, regardless of what food they actually eat…Our carnivorous pets have not, and cannot, adapt their digestive functions to processed diets, which, after all, have only been widely used for a few decades.”

The Ketogenic Diet Is an Effective Adjuvant to Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Malignant Glioma

“KC significantly enhances the anti-tumor effect of radiation. This suggests that cellular metabolic alterations induced through KC may be useful as an adjuvant to the current standard of care for the treatment of human malignant gliomas.”


On The Origin Of Cancer Cells

Read Otto Warburg’s study that later would come to be known as “The Warbug Effect.”


Low-carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism

“Recent studies show that, under conditions of carbohydrate restriction, fuel sources shift from glucose and fatty acids to fatty acids and ketones, and that ad libitum–fed carbohydrate-restricted diets lead to appetite reduction, weight loss, and improvement in surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease.”


ASSOCIATIONS OF FATS AND CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND MORTALITY IN 18 COUNTRIES FROM FIVE CONTINENTS (PURE): A PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY

“High carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality, whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke. Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings.”

KETOGENIC DIETS: FROM CANCER TO MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASES AND BEYOND

Read more about WHAT Ketogenic diets are and HOW they are used as a therapy for mitochondrial diseases: “Ketogenic diets are composed of high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrates, which favour mitochondrial respiration rather than glycolysis for energy metabolism.”


Anti-Tumor Effects of Ketogenic Diets in Mice: A Meta-Analysis

“There was an overall tumor growth delaying effect of unrestricted KDs in mice. Future experiments should aim at differentiating the effects of KD timing versus tumor location, since external evidence is currently consistent with an influence of both of these factors.”


DOGS HAVE NO BIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENT FOR CARBOHYDRATES

AAFCO’s (The Association of American Feed Control Officials) own research: dogs don’t need carbs.


CANINE NUTRIGENOMICS: THE NEW SCIENCE OF FEEDING YOUR DOG FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH

“Nutrigenomics (a combination of the words nutrition and genome) is the study of how the foods we and our pets eat "speak" to our cells to regulate gene expression, which in turn plays a huge role in determining whether a person or animal will live a life of vibrant health, or one plagued by illness. 

Scientists now know that while we can't change the genes we are born with, we can change how those genes behave, which is exactly what authors W. Jean Dodds, DVM…show us how to do in their newest book”.

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