Does the Ketogenic Diet Offer Hope for Dogs With Cancer?

Why Do Non-Ketogenic Diet Dogs Get Cancer?

I have attended the Dog Cancer Series Workshops hosted by Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib of Planet Paws. Here is what I have learned…

Pet parents can do everything right for their dogs:

  • Feed their dogs organic, human-grade diets
  • Exercise throughout the year to minimize stress
  • Maintain Healthy weight
  • Still end up with cancer

Possible Causes of Cancer:

  • 10 % Genetics
  • High Starch/Sugar Diet
  • Pollution
  • Insecticides
  • Over-vaccination
  • Too Early Spay and Neuter
  • Ozone Layer
  • Chemicals and Pollutants

Veterinarians Offer 3 Options:

  1. Chemotherapy
  2. Radiation
  3. Surgery

The cure rate for this epidemic that affects one out of every two dogs is incredibly low.

Research Has Revealed the Root Cause Of Cancer

  • Mitochondrial damage changes your dog’s DNA.
  • Glucose and sugar found in kibble drives cancer.
  • Rancid fats found in high-protein foods can contribute to cancer once these bags of food that were produced 8 months ago, shipped poorly and kept in a hot warehouse are opened for longer than 7 days according to Steve Brown.
  • Foods processed at high temperatures produce heterocyclic amines (carcinogens) – Dr. Doug Knueven
  • Maillard Reaction occurs when carbs are processed at high heat and the proteins and carbs bond to form a glycotoxin which is potentially carcinogenic – Dr. Robert J. Silver
  • Inferior ingredients – Susan Thixton
  • Free radicals promote inflammation and cancer is a form of chronic inflammation – Dr. W. Jean Dodds
  • DogRisk Research Study proves raw food is better for healthy gene expression – Dr. Anna Hielm-Bjorkman
  • Overfeeding calories from either fat, carbs or protein

The Argument for the Ketogenic Diet To Fight Cancer in Dogs

  • Metabolic diet that converts your dog’s fuel source from glucose to fat
  • Can be used cyclically to prevent disease from occurring
  • Caloric restriction
  • Contains high amount of fat, moderate protein and ultra-low carbohydrates



Rodney and Karen traveled around the world seeking answers. When they visited the KetoPet Sanctuary in Texas, they found hope for dogs with cancer. This hope is centered around a diet for cancer that can be validated.



I wish I had known this information when my American Eskimo named Schatzi was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016 and died within 6 months. Her sister had died earlier in the year from brain cancer too.

You can watch the Dog Cancer Series to find out more information.

You can read my post on Protecting Your Pet From Cancer here or feel free to download my free eBook Follow These 7 Simple Tips To Protect Your Pet From Cancer. 


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P. S.  Have you ever had a pet with cancer?

P.S.S. What steps did you take to help your pet with cancer?

12 Replies to “Does the Ketogenic Diet Offer Hope for Dogs With Cancer?”

  1. I sure buy this theory. I wish I could convince my mom’s friend of this. My mom takes care of her dog and he was just diagnosed with inoperable rectal cancer. I would have definitely tried the keto diet.

  2. I am not very familiar with a Keto diet. Has there been a lot of research that shows a keto diet lowers the chance of getting cancer in the first place?

  3. Thank you! I bought the Dog Cancer documentary, but I haven’t had time to watch the workshops. I hope they make them available again because these educational sessions sound fantastic! My one cat had cancer. I treated him for almost two years, but when the cancer seemed to have metastasized to his brain, I knew the time had come to say good-bye. Cancer sucks!

    1. I watched all of the workshops and ending up buying the Platinum package so that I could learn even more. So sorry about your cat. One of my Eskies died from brain cancer.

  4. Wow! This post will provide hope to so many pet parents dealing with this terrifying disease in their companions. I’m just waiting to hear from a friend of mine about her dog. Hopefully, she won’t need this information but thank you for sharing with others who will.

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