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Diet Which Induces Ketosis In A Canine Or Feline

Diet Which Induces Ketosis In A Canine Or Feline

COMPOSITION AND METHOD Background Of The Invention Diet has been used in an attempt to manage conditions in man for many years. Obesity is often times directly related to the total and type of caloric intake for man over a given period of time. Diabetes first line of control is usually an attempt at management through diet. Similarly an attempt to limit high cholesterol values, hypertension, and urinary stone formation is frequently attempted by diet. In man, it has additionally been observed that a diet, which brings about a state of ketosis, that is increased ketone bodies, has met with some success in controlling the seizures associated with epilepsy. In lower mammals, such as dogs, experiments to create a state of ketosis through the use of starvation has met with only limited attainment, JJ. de Bruijne, International Journal of Obesity ( 1979) 3, 239-247, see a further study on prolonged fasting in dogs by ]. ']. de Bruijne, Metabolism (1981 ) Vol. 30, no. 2, 190-194. No ketotic state has been reported to have been achieved for a dog through use of a designed diet that uses a relatively high fat level combined with a relatively low carbohydrate level. The same lack of information concerning felines and lack of attainment of ketosis through use of diet, complete in all nutrients, is also present. It has now been discovered that a state of ketosis can be achieved in lower mammals through the use of diet, in general a diet that is relatively high in fat and relatively low in carbohydrates. This alteration of metabolism, ketosis, can be useful in the management of various medical or behavioral conditions including but not limited to seizures, more specifically those related to idiopathic epilepsy; body weight regulation; behavior problems; muscle metabolism; carbohydra

Dog Model Of Therapeutic Ketosis Induced By Oral Administration Of R,s-1,3-butanediol Diacetoacetate.

Dog Model Of Therapeutic Ketosis Induced By Oral Administration Of R,s-1,3-butanediol Diacetoacetate.

Abstract A high-fat, almost carbohydrate-free diet is used in children with intractable epilepsy to help control seizures by inducing a permanent state of ketosis. Esters of ketone bodies have been previously studied for their potential as parenteral and enteral nutrients. We tested in conscious dogs whether ketosis could be induced by repeated ingestion of R,S-1,3-butanediol diacetoacetate with or without carbohydrates. This ester is a water-soluble precursor of ketone bodies. Two constraints were imposed on this preclinical study: The rate of ester administration was limited to one half of the daily caloric requirement and to one half of the capacity of the liver to oxidize butanediol derived from ester hydrolysis. Under these conditions, the level of ketosis achieved in this dog model (0.8 mM) was lower than the level measured in children whose seizures were controlled by the ketogenic diet (1-3 mM). However, because humans may have a lower capacity for ketone body utilization than dogs, the doses of R,S-butanediol diacetoacetate used in the present study might induce higher average ketone body concentrations in humans than in dogs. Continue reading >>

Episode 106 – Keto For Dogs

Episode 106 – Keto For Dogs

The Keto Pet Sanctuary (located around Austin, TX, is a one-of-a-kind facility, with a one-of-a-kind mission. They help pet owners improve their dog’s health by teaching them how to feed their dogs a ketogenic diet. I got a chance to sit down with Amber Merjil and Dr. Shannon Kesl to discuss what they do, why they do it, and how, if you’re interested in improving your dog’s diet, you can get involved. They are very passionate about what they do, and they are passionate about sharing their knowledge with others. You can check out their website, and even donate here: Continue reading >>

Diabetes With Ketone Bodies In Dogs

Diabetes With Ketone Bodies In Dogs

Diabetes Mellitus with Ketoacidosis in Dogs Diabetes is a medical condition in which the body cannot absorb sufficient glucose, thus causing a rise the blood sugar levels. The term “ketoacidosis,” meanwhile, refers to a condition in which levels of acid abnormally increased in the blood due to presence of “ketone bodies”. In diabetes with ketoacidosis, ketoacidosis immediately follows diabetes. It should be considered a dire emergency, one in which immediate treatment is required to save the life of the animal. This condition typically affects older dogs as well as females. In addition, miniature poodles and dachshunds are predisposed to diabetes with ketoacidosis. Symptoms and Types Weakness Lethargy Depression Lack of appetite (anorexia) Muscle wasting Rough hair coat Dehydration Dandruff Sweet breath odor Causes Although the ketoacidosis is ultimately brought on by the dog's insulin dependency due to diabetes mellitus, underlying factors include stress, surgery, and infections of the skin, respiratory, and urinary tract systems. Concurrent diseases such as heart failure, kidney failure, asthma, cancer may also lead to this type of condition. Diagnosis You will need to give a thorough history of your dog’s health, including the onset and nature of the symptoms, to your veterinarian. He or she will then perform a complete physical examination, as well as a biochemistry profile and complete blood count (CBC). The most consistent finding in patients with diabetes is higher than normal levels of glucose in the blood. If infection is present, white blood cell count will also high. Other findings may include: high liver enzymes, high blood cholesterol levels, accumulation in the blood of nitrogenous waste products (urea) that are usually excreted in the urine (azo Continue reading >>

Could A Change In Diet Cure Your Dog’s Cancer?

Could A Change In Diet Cure Your Dog’s Cancer?

0 In an unassuming gated compound in Georgetown, Texas, something amazing is taking place. KetoPet Sanctuary is taking in shelter dogs with incurable, terminal cancer—dogs with no other options who would otherwise be euthanized—and giving them a second chance, providing them with state of the art cancer treatment to miraculous result. Upon pulling up at the sanctuary, located along a rural road 45 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, pretty much the first thing one notes is the enthusiasm of all present. The team’s passion and excitement is contagious. Also visiting are representatives from two local shelters, both of which have sent their dogs with cancer to the sanctuary for treatment. They sing glowing praises of the efforts of the KetoPet team. Together we wander the idyllic 53-acre facility, currently housing 26 dogs undergoing cancer treatment, including Pit Bull-mix Bill Murray and white-muzzled Dachshund cross Martha, petting dogs and getting the low-down on the ground-breaking work being done here. The foundation of the KetoPet Sanctuary’s cancer-fighting approach is the ketogenic diet, which is designed to slow or halt tumor growth. The diet looks like this: 80 to 90% fat (oil such as coconut, olive or MCT), 5 to 15% protein (beef) and 5% carbohydrates (vegetables). Yes, the diet is extreme, but with reason. It’s predicated on the Warburg theory, put forth by Otto Warburg in 1924. Warburg hypothesized that cancer feeds on sugar (which is what carbohydrates break down to) but that it doesn’t process fats well. The takeaway: cut out the sugars/carbs and you’ll slow or stop the cancer. All the dogs have weekly blood work done to monitor and evaluate the metabolic impact of the diet. CT and PET scans, conducted every 60 days, evaluate their cancers and Continue reading >>

Rodney Habib, Vegetables, Canine Cancer, And The Keto Diet

Rodney Habib, Vegetables, Canine Cancer, And The Keto Diet

My Chat with Rodney Habib Yesterday, Answers Pet Food published an infographic sharing how one can achieve ketosis through feeding their food, sharing the ratios that Rodney mentioned in my chat with him. This is a fantastic start for people who want to feed their dogs a keto diet to defeat cancer, help their dogs lose weight, or reverse diabetes or seizures. For those of us who can't afford a 100% premade raw diet, I recommend finding a local raw food co-op and seeing if they can begin offering Answers Pet Food or using the below infographic and resources (further below) as a guide to creating a DIY keto diet for dogs. The Benefits of Vegetables for Dogs The topic of adding vegetables to a raw food diet for dogs is brought up in discussion regularly in my raw feeding group and we have four paths when it comes to feeding vegetables to dogs… Some raw feeders don't believe dogs need vegetables, so they don't add them to the raw meals. Some raw feeders create a meal that is up to 25% pureed vegetables to take advantage of the additional nutrients. Some raw feeders add green vegetables when a dog is on a diet; they help the dog feel full and curb hunger. Some raw feeders add fermented vegetables to take advantage of the additional nutrients and natural probiotics. I began adding vegetables to my dogs' diet consistently upon a recommendation from my veterinarian. Instead of replacing protein with vegetables, I add 3 tablespoons to each of my dogs' meals. I don't stick with one recipe, choosing to alternate ingredients; for instance, in the summer, I add blueberries and cored apples to the mix. This week, the veggie mix includes: parsley kale spinach celery brown mushrooms I puree all of the ingredients, mixing everything together in a large stainless steel bowl, the transf Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Raw Food Diet Helps Dogs And Cats Fight Cancer And Live Longer

Ketogenic Raw Food Diet Helps Dogs And Cats Fight Cancer And Live Longer

Studies show the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can combat epilepsy and cancer in mice and humans, but animal researcher Thomas Sandberg says the keto diet can reverse cancer in dogs and cats and help them live significantly longer. Sandberg, founder and CEO of Long Living Pets Research in Oakley, Utah, said his 15 years of research indicates a raw, grain-free ketogenic diet dramatically boosts longevity for dogs and cats. Sandberg, who launched his 30-year research project in 2000, has been tracking the health of 1,000 dogs around the world. He discovered that dogs and cats thrive on a grain-free, ketogenic raw food diet consisting of raw meat, offal and bones. “Dogs are pure carnivores and do not thrive on your average commercial dog food,” Sandberg told TheImproper. “The only food they can properly digest, metabolize and utilize is raw meat.” Sandberg detailed the optimal diet for canines in his book, Learn How to Add Years To Your Dog’s Life. “I have studied dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems since 1997 and believe feeding them a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones and organ meats will promote a healthy immune system,” he said. “The result is a long, healthy life way past what is the expected lifespan of most breeds that are fed commercial dog food.” Sandberg continued: “I have studied dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems since 1997 and believe feeding them a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones and organ meats will promote a healthy immune system.” Thomas, who was born in Norway, said the commercial kibble that most dog owners feed their pets causes them to get sick, fat and die early. Sandberg believes you can dramatically extend a dog’s life (even two-fold) simply by limiting their intake of unhealthy carbs and feeding them wha Continue reading >>

Dr. Ian Billinghurst’s Targeted Nutritional Therapy, Which Includes A Ketogenic Diet, Can Kill Your Dog’s Cancer

Dr. Ian Billinghurst’s Targeted Nutritional Therapy, Which Includes A Ketogenic Diet, Can Kill Your Dog’s Cancer

Download Interview Transcript World-renowned veterinarian, author and the father of raw pet food, Dr. Ian Billinghurst, has written a new book about treating cancer with nutrition Dr. B’s book, “Pointing the Bone at Cancer,” lays out the science behind the use of a ketogenic diet in treating cancer in dogs, cats and humans Dr. B has successfully treated dogs with many different cancers, including aggressive lymphomas and mammary tumors, and seen them live years longer, with an excellent quality of life By Dr. Becker I'm very excited today to be interviewing the father of raw pet food, Dr. Ian Billinghurst, or Dr. B, as he is often called. Dr. Billinghurst is a very well-known veterinarian and author who wrote the first books on raw feeding. For that, we are forever indebted to him. Today Dr. B is here to discuss his latest book, "Pointing the Bone at Cancer." I asked him to talk about what inspired him to write a book about cancer in dogs, cats and humans. 'Cancer Is a Problem That Has a Lot to Do With Nutrition' "This was a book I most definitely had to write," says Dr. B. "I had no choice. We, as veterinarians and as medical doctors, are losing this war against cancer. This is a war that we've been fighting for hundreds of years, but very specifically, since Richard Nixon began that first battle against cancer in the 1970s, when he initiated all that research. That research, unfortunately, has done very little to defeat cancer." "This whole problem became very personal to me when members of my own family developed cancer," he continued. "I watched them pass away under the current standard of care. I knew this didn't have to be. As a veterinary practitioner for many years, and as someone who advocates raw feeding and evolutionary nutrition, I also watched my own Continue reading >>

How Laker, Nikki White’s Dog, Got Cured From Cancer And How He’s Doing Today

How Laker, Nikki White’s Dog, Got Cured From Cancer And How He’s Doing Today

Once when I accidentally liked one Instagram account, back then I would never think that I will find my soul friends - Nikki & Laker. When we began to talk I found out that 2 years ago, Laker was diagnosed with cancer. I immediately asked to share their happy ending with us! It's a true story, based on successful nutritional and chirurgical treatment so I honestly encourage you to read the FULL story. Pets are our family members, so how did you felt when you heard the diagnose? “It’s cancer.” My vet said to me over the phone, and everything else muddled deep into the distance. My head was swirling, I was alone and couldn’t feel my fingers. My breath halted in the exact place I left it before the phone call. The wooshing sounds of underwater submergence filled my headspace. I didn’t hear anything the vet said, but after I regained control of my awareness, my only words were “Get it off him now." When we dropped him off, I cried. That was the last time I would ever see his face the way he was born again. I had no idea how severe his scar would be. I imagined it a thin line like a human who had stitches. I cried for eight hours... When the vet called to say he was ready, he liken his scar to that of Harry Potter, and I imagined the cute stories we could tell with that. I saw him for the first time when we picked him up. His face bloodied and swollen and looked nothing like the petite zig-zag scar I imagined. It was thick, deep and inhibiting. Where did you hear about ketogenic diet? I found out about the ketogenic diet from Rodney Habib and his TED talk. Then I became friends with the fellows that worked at Ketopet and learned more about it. (P.S. KetoPet team are our best friends, who helped us to develop ROCKETO - our upgraded dog food formula. We highly reco Continue reading >>

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food

Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food

Make healthy dog food that contains everything your furry baby needs to thrive. These raw dog food pucks use much of the food scraps you would normally throw away, saving you money and improving your dog’s health. Kevin and I have two dogs. Lexy, a 9 year old German Shepherd Border Collie Cross whose loyalty runs deep. And Pebbles, a 6 year old Pomeranian with an attitude that just won’t quit. I’ve always been interested in feeding them a raw food diet, but wasn’t really sure where to start. Sadly, there isn’t much out there on how to do this the right (and safe) way. All I knew is that I wasn’t going to buy the raw food dog food pucks at the pet store for a whopping $7 per serving… twice a day… per dog. I don’t even spend that much money on my own food. Pebbles was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in May, which catapulted my slight interest in feeding our dogs a raw food diet to an all out obsession to figuring out how to make raw dog food happen in our house for the least amount of money. That same week, I spent oodles of hours formulating the perfect homemade dog food for both of them. Lexy is 50 pounds and Pebbles is 5 pounds. So already, there had to be a drastic difference in the food I made for each of them. Combined with Pebbles’ thyroid condition, and I had my work cut out for me… or so I thought. Making homemade dog food is actually really simple. Especially if you have an Instant Pot. You don’t need one to do this, but it’s much easier. Use the coupon code HEALTHFUL for $10 off your Instant Pot. While you can do this 100% raw, after chatting with a couple of vets about it, I’ve developed a 50/50 raw to cooked formula. Raw where it counts, cooked where it benefits them and their little bodies! Our little ones have been on this food for Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet & Dogs

Ketogenic Diet & Dogs

If you've witnessed your dog having a seizure, it's a scene you don't want to see again. Medications can help control epileptic seizures in dogs, and certain dietary changes might make a difference. A ketogenic diet is one designed to limit seizures. If you try feeding your dog a ketogenic diet, do so only under your vet's supervision. Epileptic Seizures According to "Veterinary Practice News," epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological illness in canines, as many breeds are genetically predisposed to the disorder. While symptoms vary, dogs suffering from seizures might lose consciousness and exhibit muscle contraction and stiffness. Along with salivating excessively and throwing his head back, a dog could lose control of his bodily functions during seizures. Most seizures are brief, but those lasting more than a few minutes require an immediate trip to the emergency vet. Even if your dog appears fine after an initial seizure, take him to the vet for an examination. If seizures recur, he may be diagnosed with epilepsy. Traditional Treatment If your dog experiences seizures, your vet will likely prescribe phenobarbital or potassium bromide for control. In some severe cases, both drugs are prescribed. Diazepam, marketed under the brand name Valium, might be prescribed for constant seizing, but it loses effectiveness in canines over time. Once your dog is on medication, he must take it for the rest of his life. Ketogenic Diet People with epilepsy have responded successfully to a ketogenic diet. It consists of low amounts of carbohydrates and proteins but high levels of fat. When fed a large amount of fat and little in the way of carbs, the body converts the fat to ketones, which it uses for energy instead of carbohydrates. It was the treatment of choice for children Continue reading >>

What Is A Ketogenic Diet And Is It Suitable For Dogs?

What Is A Ketogenic Diet And Is It Suitable For Dogs?

Introduction The ketogenic diet was originally developed in the 1920s by Dr Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic to help control epilepsy in children. When effective anticonvulsant drugs became available in the 1940s, the popularity of the diet waned. It was not until the 1990s when scientific interest was renewed. There are now several variations. How Does the Ketogenic Diet Work? The diet forces the body to burn dietary fat rather than carbohydrate, and was originally designed to mimic the effects of fasting for extended periods. This is achieved by providing a high level of fat, a moderate level of protein and a low level of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are normally converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, when carbohydrates are restricted, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. These ketone bodies pass into the brain, and are used instead of glucose as a source of energy. The resultant elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood streams is called ketosis, and this leads to a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Scientific Evidence Clinicial trials of the ketogenic diet in the management of paediatric epilepsy show that it is a beneficial way to reduce seizures (in children), but studies outside of this area are limited. Results of a Ketogenic Food Trial for Dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy (Edward E. Patterson. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2005) did not yield promising results, and there was no difference in seizure frequency between the dogs fed on a high fat, low carb diet and those fed on a diet with moderate levels of protein, fat and carbs. Why Didn’t the Study of a Ketogenic Diet in Dogs Show More Positive Results? It is believed Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diets For Dogs

Ketogenic Diets For Dogs

KETOGENIC DIETS FOR DOGS – By Alice Messler In recent years, there are more and more people jumping on the ketogenic craze. In humans, ketogenic diets have been shown to aid in weight loss, help build muscle, treat epilepsy, migraines, depression, diabetes, and most importantly cancer. Beyond showing benefits in humans, there has been a lot of recent research into how ketogenic diets can benefit our canine companions. History So, what’s the science behind this keto-craze? First it’s time for a little history lesson. Back in the 1920s-30s there was a scientist by the name of Otto Heinrich Warburg that discovered a unique distinction in the metabolic cycle of cancer cells. Cancer cells, unlike normal cells can only multiply and divide when provided with glucose. Normal human cells on the other hand have a built in back-up generator. In times of stress, human cells can complete cell processes relying on ketones as fuel as opposed to the favored glucose. Cancer cells don’t have this back-up generator. So if there’s no glucose, the cancer cells will essentially ‘starve’ and in theory be unable to multiply. This discovery was later called the Warburg Effect. This was big news in the science community, rightfully so, until Watson and Crick (and an under credited Rosalind Franklin….. but that’s a different story) decided to discover the structure of human DNA. Warburg went on the win a Nobel prize for his discovery of the nature and mode of action of respiratory enzymes, but the science surrounding Warburg’s discovery sort of fell by the wayside as the science community became obsessed with finding out more and more about human DNA. In recent years, a lot of scientists have been revisiting the framework laid down by Warburg and the science surrounding the Wa Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Linked To Seizure Reduction In Dogs With Epilepsy

Ketogenic Diet Linked To Seizure Reduction In Dogs With Epilepsy

A ketogenic diet rich in medium-chain triacylgylycerols achieved clinically meaningful levels of ketosis and helped prevent seizures in dogs with epilepsy, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. A ketogenic diet rich in medium-chain triacylgylycerols (TAG) achieved clinically meaningful levels of ketosis and helped prevent seizures in dogs with epilepsy, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Of 21 dogs in the trial, three became seizure-free, and another seven experienced at least a 50% drop in seizure frequency while on the diet, said Tsz Hong Law, BSc, MRes, of the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, United Kingdom. Epilepsy affects an estimated 0.6% to 0.75% of dogs, making it one of the most common canine neurological disorders. Seizures in about a third of affected dogs are refractory to currently available treatments, the investigators noted. “A myriad of anecdotal reports and some published literature have suggested the importance of dietary manipulation in seizure management,” they added. A ketogenic diet, which is characterized by a high ratio of fat compared with protein and carbohydrates, has been used in human epilepsy since the early 1920s, but this and other nonpharmacologic treatments for epilepsy are not used in routine veterinary practice, and seldom have been studied in dogs. Therefore, the researchers recruited 18 purebred and three mixed-breed adult dogs with a diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy and a history of at least three seizures in the past 3 months. The dogs averaged 4.6 years of age and were as old as 12 years. All were receiving phenobarbital, and 18 dogs also were receiving potassium bromide for seizure control. Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet To Treat Cancer

Ketogenic Diet To Treat Cancer

« 22 Human Medicines That Work For Pets | Home | Chihuahua Eats 3 Chocolate Cookies: What Should You Do? » 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 artic Continue reading >>

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