Diet Needs for Dog Being Treated for Cancer

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Last Modified: September 17, 2012

Question

My dog is starting on chemo for lymphoma. Do you have suggestions for a diet that might help manage any side effects or keep him from losing weight?

Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM Veterinary Medical Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Answer

Hill's has a diet for dogs with cancer called n/d that you could discuss with your veterinarian. We recommend that dogs with cancer receive either a good quality commercial diet or a balanced home-cooked diet, and you can consult with your vet or a veterinary nutritionist about cooking for your dog. I do not recommend that dogs on chemotherapy eat raw meat as they are at risk for developing infections from raw meat and could even pass these infections on to their owners.

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