Special Diets Revitalize Pets During and After Chemotherapy
Would you like to help your pet feel better and recover more quickly after chemotherapy?
Food therapy can help!
Read on to learn more about how chemotherapy affects the body, and how to feed your pet to counteract its side effects.
What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer using cytotoxic and other drugs.
Doctors use chemotherapy to kill cancer cells that have spread to parts of the body away from the original tumor.
Chemotherapy works throughout the entire body, while surgery and radiation only eliminate cancer cells in a certain area.
Unfortunately, the chemotherapy drugs used to destroy cancer often destroy the body’s healthy cells during the process.
How Chemotherapy Affects Your Pet’s Body
Because cancer cells grow fast, doctors choose drugs that kill fast-growing cells for chemotherapy treatments.
But, because chemo drugs travel throughout the entire body, they often kill normal, healthy fast-growing cells at the same time.
Damage to healthy cells causes side effects.
Chemotherapy often damages:
- Hair follicles
- Blood-forming cells in the bone marrow
- Cells in the mouth
- Cells in the digestive tract
- Cells in the reproductive system
Foods to Restore Harmony After Chemotherapy
In TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine), experts agree most forms of chemotherapy affect the “Blood” component of the body.
Accordingly, we recommend a Blood building recipe as a chemo diet for pets.
In TCVM, “Blood” has a different meaning than blood in regular Western medicine.
Eastern philosophy views “Blood” as a substance providing nourishment and moisture for the entire body.
The “Blood” component keeps tendons, skin and hair healthy, strong and flexible.
“Blood” lubricates the joints, nourishes the mind, and ensures good, restful sleep.
Classic Signs of Blood Deficiency:
- Pulled ligaments
- Cruciate rupture
- Dry skin and hair
- Pale, dry tongue
- Depression, apathy, lack of spirit
- Sallow or dull coloring
You can boost your pet’s Blood component by adding more blood building foods to your pet’s current diet.
For maximum Blood building benefits, feed your pet according to the Blood Building Recipes.
Blood Building Foods
Meats and Dairy
Beef, red meats
Vegetables and Fruits
Grains and Beans
However, food alone does not address the root cause or imbalance that allowed cancer to grow in the first place.
Also, a TCVM examination may reveal your pet’s individual needs may require a different diet to help address root imbalances.
The Blood Building diet works best when combined with TCVM Herbals, sufficient water, and moderate exercise.