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Ketogenic Diet To Treat Cancer

By Dr. Andrew Jones

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Ketogenic Diet To Treat Cancer

There is increasing talk about a ‘new’ diet in people that is showing impressive results in treating cancer in people, and it may help with our pets.

The diet specifically eliminates carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and protein.

As in NO kibble to be fed to your dogs or cats.

The underlying science of this is based on research which shows cancer cells thrive on sugar (glucose), and as the primary source of glucose is carbohydrates, eliminating these kills the cancer cells.

This is not a new concept in that the Canine Cancer Diet by Dr Greg Oglivy also dramatically lowers carbohydrates- this diet though is unique in the amount of fat.

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

He claims that a low-carb, high-fat, calorie-restricted ketogenic diet literally starves cancer cells.

In an interview on the examiner he said: “We’ve found that diet therapy can be effective in prolonging survival in mice with aggressive metastatic cancer,”

These same anti-cancer properties have also been observed in human cancer patients and reported in published studies. The cancer-fighting ketogenic diet “formula” is roughly 75% fat, 23% protein, and 2% carbs.

Dr D’Agostina notes that it is the underlying inflammation from these high carbohydrate diets that promotes cancer, but also other diseases such as diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s.

Currently there is a research group called Ketopet which presently formulates ketogenic diets for dogs and cats with cancer as part of the “Pet Cancer Trial” Their website is at petcancertrial.com

In researching this article, I have yet to find a published dog or cat ketogenic diet.

But in formulating it you are attempting to increase the fat ( up to 75%), maintain the protein levels ( at 25%) and eliminate the carbohydrates.

Here is some of what the diet would include.

1 cup of ground beef, fish or poultry, spiced with turmeric, salt substitute
Cook the protein in olive oil or coconut oil

1 cup of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

Flax seed 1 teaspoon per 10lbs

Flax oil or fish oil- you want a dose equivalent to 1000mg of EFA/10lbs

A HUMAN daily vitamin-mineral supplement (one dose for animals over 20 pounds, ½ dose for animals under 20 lbs)

A calcium carbonate source – about 250 mg per 15 pounds of body weight

The above recipe would make enough food to feed a 40lb dog for 1 day ( 1 cup in the AM, 1 cup in the PM)

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

P.S. Here is a video discussing the ketogenic diet.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Pet health | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Ketogenic Diet To Treat Cancer”


  1. Christine Rose Says:
    July 5th, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Hello
    I have been searching on the internet for a cancer diet for cats, looking at your website and was wondering if this new diet ketogenic is good for cats? Is cheese good for cats?
    My cat has just been diagnosed with colon cancer and l’m desperately trying to find a home cooked recipe for him.
    Hoping you can help.
    Kind regards
    Christine Rose

  2. ellen cel Says:
    May 15th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Does this recipe really need to be cooked? I’ve been feeding raw and have avoided cooked. Can whole yogurt be substituted for cottage cheese or ricotta or is that too acidic? My dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma and has been on grain free kibble and raw throughout her life with me past 6 years.

  3. Barbara Lindow West Says:
    June 3rd, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Yes, I need a lymphoma diet too for my labrador.
    Definitely need more detail. Someone please help.

  4. di Says:
    June 10th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My dog has been on low fat diet due to pancreatis, is this going to hurt him or make him become diabetic/

  5. sherry roy Says:
    August 8th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    you all need the recipe for your dogs & cats go to help@ketospetsantuary they will give you the recipe once you give the info on your pet they will send you the exact amount of what you need to feed your pet by the weight of your pet also ask about what other supplements you need for the raw diet

  6. Carole Says:
    October 14th, 2017 at 12:02 am

    20 yo female cat has tumor in bladder… 1/4 in size… right now she is on anti inflammatory med… OstiLox for 2 weeks now… it says only for dogs but my vet has cats on it and says they do well n I understand it’s was just approved for cats in Europe? Also was on antibiotic for infection n blood in urine. She’s eating.. not straining to pee as frequently as before, doesn’t show signs of discomfort.. her diet is kinble and wet canned ??…she was constipated but giving her somethg forcthat n it seems to be helping… she has lost weight but she was a little chunky to start…she has arthritis in back hind hips n knees…thank you

  7. isabelle Says:
    October 16th, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    my dog has just been diagnose with a cancer many tumors on prostate and lungs… my main problem is that he doesn’t eat…so ketodiet yes but how can I do???

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