We just love Saturday Night Love's satire. Funny, how they are picking up on the
sad state of our food supply. So, before getting the true scoop on nutrition and
diet, check out this poignant video on what NOT TO BE
SERVING TO OUR DOGS!
Okay, now we are ready to tell you about the diet we have used since November 2005, and
we could not be
happier or feel any safer. We use it as a preventative in our Golden who does not suffer from
cancer, and had used it with our Darcy when she was fighting her cancer.
This is the diet we use here at
the Land of
PureGold. We utilized it with our Golden Darcy when she was diagnosed
with fibrosarcoma in 2005 and we have maintained Alfie on it as well, as a
Canine Life — For Purchase in the U.S.
& Canada West Coast Canine Life
— For folks residing on the western coasts of the U.S. and Canada. [Note: Pre-mixes are
custom milled in small batches at a certified Organic and Kosher facility.]
Business run by Joanne Fraser who is pictured
here with her two official taste-testers, Maya & Abbey.
Canine Life-Ontario — For folks
residing the eastern coasts of
the U.S. and Canada. [Note: Pre-mixes are
custom milled in small batches at a certified Organic facility.] Business run by Liza Cowell.
Canine Life was formulated based on the
National Research Council's (NRC) daily
nutritional requirements for dogs, and has been developed as a
hypoallergenic formula. It has enhanced the quality of life of dogs
with: allergies, skin problems, immune disorders, thyroid
conditions, kidney, liver and heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis, Megaesophagus,
gastrointestinal issues, gluten intolerance, anal gland problems,
stress, weight problems, painful joints, aging issues and even those
with fussy appetites. The Pre-mix contains these 100% human food
grade and organic ingredients: Organic milled brown rice, Organic
oat, Organic barley, Marjoram; Turmeric, Carob, Ginger, Oregano,
Rosemary, Parsley, Garlic, Acadian Sea Kelp, and, Alfalfa. Each of
these ingredients plays an important role in your dog’s health.
Life can be purchased as a pre-mix or ready made in meaty
patties or muffins. Canine Life meaty patties, which are baked fresh and
frozen for your convenience, are available in Chicken, Turkey, Beef,
White Fish, Lamb, Pork, Low Protein, and in a Puppy formulation.
Canine Life muffin are available as: Complete Muffins with
Hormone/Antibiotic free meat; Complete Muffins with Regular meat and
as Meatless Muffins.
We love the pre-mix formula as this is more economical and allows
for greater diversity. A 7kg bag of the pre-mix makes
approximately 200 muffins. By adding 1.5 to 2 lbs of raw ground
meat, raw minced vegetables, shredded red apple, egg, safflower oil,
and cranberry juice to 5 cups of pre-mix, you will end up with 24
baked meaty patties or muffins, or a 9 x 13 cake pan. Recipes are
also available for dogs with specific health issues.
Canine Life makes two
formulations, one with the correct amount of calcium for dogs who do
NOT eat raw meat with bones as a regular part of their diet, and the
other for dogs who ARE eating raw meat with bones on a regular
basis. There is a formulation specifically for growing puppies as
well. as calcium is an extremely important part of your dog or
puppy's diet. In addition, a gluten free pre-mix is available for
dog's with gluten intolerance.
This is our
good Golden pal, Gus, who had surgery for
mast cell carcinoma in
the spring of 2003, and is now recovering
from surgery (June 2006) that removed a
cell sarcoma mass. His treatments have involved Dr. Wen's
Chinese herbal medicine, and now beginning in July 2006 he
is additionally receiving the Canine Life Cancer
Formulation. As you can see, Gus loves his muffins so much,
that he insists on licking Mom's muffin tins clean as well!
SPECIAL FORMULATION FOR CANCER
contains: Organic milled whole brown rice, Organic
chick peas, Organic whole oats, calcium,
carob, Acadian sea kelp,
green tea, turmeric, oregano, marjoram,
parsley, rosemary, ginger, and garlic.
This is a true home-cooked diet,
each recipe making 24 muffins. The baking time is extremely
short as there is nothing to rise here, it is merely to cook
together so that any bacteria is removed from the raw
ingredients. A few cups of this pre-mix is then added to the
following ORGANIC ingredients (that we purchase from a good
specialty grocery): broccoli, egg with shell, apple,
blueberries, pure cranberry juice, safflower oil, ground
chicken with skin, and chicken livers. The ingredients, such
as the chicken livers, apple and broccoli, are pureed or
chopped fine via a (Cuisinart) food processor. And, the
chicken with skin (no bones) is ground up via a meat grinder
attachment on our food processor.
For optimum health, it is also very
important to add at least 4000mg daily of wild salmon oil to provide
the essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Pure Sockeye Salmon Oil
Our Golden Alfie has gotten 6000 units daily since 2007, before that
getting 3000-4000 units a day. Boy, what a difference it
has made. His coat is incredible, and at his now senior age of 9 (2008),
the extra softgels keep down joint inflammation associated with
increasing age and arthritis. It is a must-have
Derived exclusively from wild sockeye salmon
caught in the cold, pristine waters off Alaska, this 100% PURE oil is not
blended with any inferior salmon or other fish oils. Here's why this is unique:
To achieve high ratios of EPA to DHA, commercially available salmon oil capsules
are fortified with other fish oils. One benefit of Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye
Salmon Oil is that it has the lowest cholesterol levels, in contrast to the
higher levels found in farmed salmon oil.
The freshest and purest oils available, Sockeye contains the highest amount
of omega-3 fatty acids of any salmon.
It's orange color is due to the high levels of the carotenoid and astaxanthin
(occurring naturally in sockeye) that helps the eyes and cardiovascular system.
Alaskan sockeye salmon are the richest salmon species in the powerful biological
antioxidant astaxanthin, a natural caroteniod that imparts a rich orange glow to
the oil and eliminates the need for added tocopherols present in other brands.
Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid that gives our oil its rich orange color—and
is up to 100 times more potent than Vitamin E at quenching singlet oxygen ‘free
There are NO artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; corn, dairy,
starch, wheat, or yeast.
The following information is also supplied with the pre-mix:
Nutrition and the Animal Cancer
Recipes abound in the world of animal cancer. Simply put,
one diet does not fit all, and what works well today, may
cause problems tomorrow. From the cancer starving diet, to a
raw or cooked diet, and everything in between, the road to
good nutrition has many bumps and curves, as owners try to
determine the best path to follow, with the guidance and
support of your veterinarian and nutrition specialist. The
most important thing of all however, is to make sure that
your canine cancer patient eats!
Research tells us that animals with cancer have an altered
carbohydrate metabolism, so a diet that is low in
carbohydrates, and contains high quality proteins and fish
oil as the primary fat source, best meets the needs of the
animal cancer patient. When preparing food for your pet, try
to use organic products, and always use distilled, filtered,
or spring water.
Baking with Canine Life Pre-mix or purchasing our
cancer diet patties may be just the thing to entice your pet
to eat. Consider chicken, beef, turkey, or a novel protein
source like ostrich = buffalo or game, along with liver and
heart, eggs, carrots, broccoli, celery, cabbage, Bok Choy,
turnip greens, spinach, and summer squash, flavour enhanced
by antioxidants like fresh garlic and turmeric. Canned
salmon, mackerel, or sardines, can also be used. It is
always good to have plain old fashioned chicken broth on
hand, and dogs often go for a sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese,
when other things have failed. Remember, cats are
intermittent eaters, so patties should be available
throughout the day. Patties for cats with cancer are made
with an adapted pre-mix base and different amounts and types
If your pet is accustomed to a fresh whole foods/raw diet,
stick with it, but keep in mind, that if your pet is
undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, cooked food
is recommended for animals that are immune suppressed in any
way. Whatever way you decide to feed your cancer patient,
make sure that the diet is evaluated on a regular basis,
always keeping your pet’s overall condition in mind, and
consider Martin Goldstein, D.V.M.’s book,
The Nature of
Animal Healing, to guide you through complementary and
alternative therapies, to support your cancer patient.
Many herbs have been said to treat cancer, but before you
add herbs to your dog or cat’s diet, do your homework, get
expert advice and speak with your veterinarian. Dr. Randy
Kidd, D.V.M., Ph.D. identifies Bloodroot, Burdock, Cat’s
Claw, Goldenseal, and Red Clover, as safe herbs in your
battle against cancer, and one of the very best books on
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets,
written by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff-Tilford.
Share a cup of green tea with your pet. It boosts the immune
system, and also has antioxidant and astringent properties.
Treats are associated with happy times, and for many pet
owners, making special treats for their sick animal
companion empowers them, and sometimes, it is the only thing
that your animal cancer patient will eat.
Sometimes despite everything you have tried to tempt your
companion’s appetite, he refuses to eat, and this is where a
simple cancer cocktail can come into play. The simplest
mixture was developed by Wendy Volhard, and includes 1/2
pound of beef or chicken liver, and 2 cups of filtered
water. Simply put the ingredients in a pot and bring to a
boil. Stir gently, until you are sure the liver is cooked.
This takes approximately five minutes. Remove the pot from
the stove and cool, then puree in a food processor or
blender, until you have a thick soup mixture. Using a large
syringe, feed your cat or dog a little bit of this mixture
several times throughout the day, and hopefully, it will get
your companion back on the food track.
Email Joanne Fraser(west coast
folks) or Email Liza Cowell(east coast folks) to find out which formulation
is best for your dog and also to learn about those locations
carrying the Pre-Mix, Ready Made Muffins, Ready Made Patties or
Custom order Pre-Mix or Patties for dogs with specific health
problems. Canine Life products can be shipped anywhere in North
Cancer Starving Diet Plan This is the diet that has been created by
the Cornell oncologist responsible for Robin's nutritional planning.
Just check out the mess at Mary's house in her preparation of this
of our foundation's grant recipients, Robin was diagnosed with a particularly
aggressive form of cancer, Cutaneous Epithelioltropic Lymphoma in October 2010.
This diet formulation contains approximately
2091 kilocalories and should be enough to sustain Robin, however,
all dogs are different. Please weigh him in one month's time to see
if he has lost or gained weight. If noticeable weight gain or loss
is observed, please contact us so that we may adjust the diet
Given the diagnosis of epitheliotropic
lymphoma, we have developed a higher quality protein and specific
fat (oils) diet, while limiting carbohydrates (yet still allowing
for the value of complex carbohydrates). This is appropriate for
Robin since it will maintain his lean muscle mass and increase the
palatability of the diet. The above vegetables and fruits have been
chosen for their specific antioxidant and vitamin/mineral
properties. The amount of Safflower oil that has been added equates
to approximately 180 milliliters weekly, which is the dose that has
been researched and shown to limit neoplastic cell proliferation
(particularly epitheliotropic lymphoma). Please take a week to two
weeks to increase to the full dose of 5 teaspoons daily.
Regarding any other additives (herbal in
nature) such as green tea, turmeric, etc., the veterinary medical
community does not have enough evidence at this time to advocate
their use in a therapeutic manner, particularly since most research
suggests they may prevent cancer rather than being useful as a
treatment for cancer.
Please use the supplements suggested by adding
them directly to his food or feed them close to his meals to
maximize absorption of the nutrients. Many of the supplements can be
crushed and added directly to one or more of his meals each day. The
ration above is designed to be mixed together and partitioned out
into two meals or more each day. Some choline tablets can be very
bitter so it may be best to tray and get him to take it in pill form
rather than crushing it and adding it to the food. ... The ingredients can be made in larger batches
and then mixed together and frozen or refrigerated into daily
portions that can be fed out over a week's time, if so desired.
Mary MacQueen's new part-time job: 15 hours cooking Robin's new diet + 2 hours cleaning