Making Food for My Dogs with Hyperglucagonemia due to Cancer

It’s been almost 7 months after P’s diagnose. Insulinoma causes blood glucose level (BGL)  to drop dangerously. To prevent seizures from happening due to low BGL, we feed her small meals very 3-4 hours. Currently, her feeding schedule starts from 5 am. Then 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm and end with 1:00 am!! We manage her condition with this feeding schedule, medications & supplements including cannabis oil and I think so far, it’s been working well. Over the past few months, she seems noticeably better. Her BGL is still lower than healthy number but she seems to be happy in general.

Disclaimer

First, I’d like to make clear disclaimer that this is what I do for my dog. I am NOT a veterinarian or canine nutritionist. Even though I did do my research, this information may not be suited for your animals. So please take this information with a grain of salt.

With the compromised immune system due to cancer, I chose to cook my dog’s food v.s feeding Raw meats and vegetables. I’m sure there are different opinions but this is what I choose for my dog.

Ingredients

  • Red Paprika
  • 1 or 2 different Cruciferous Vegetables (Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard greens)
  • Daikon
  • Shiitake Mushroom
  • Hijiki (Seaweed)
  • Lentil beans
  • Lean Meat (Usually I use minced chicken or beef)

  • Organ Meat (If fresh and organic organ meat was available to purchase, I usually use Chicken necks, chicken livers, chicken hearts)
  • Dawin’s Intelligent Design™ Prescription Meals For Dogs (for Kidney Support)
  • Coconut Oil (cold pressed virgin)
  • Spices (Turmeric, Black Pepper, Oregano, Cinnamon, Basil, Salt)
  • Filtered water

Vegetables
Broccoli, Red Paprika, Daikon, Sweet Potato, Shiitake Mushroom
Meat
Left: Minced lean beef & Darwin’s Rx Food for Kidney. RIGHT: Hijiki (Seaweed, high in fiber, calcium, iron & magnesium) & Lentil beans (Stabilize BGL, digestive health, high in fiber etc.)

I used to add a small amount of rice but I stopped doing that because I think she gets enough carb/sugar from lentil beans and sweet potatoes.  I try to add as many fibers as possible so that the sugar in her blood gets released slowly into her blood stream and won’t spike the blood sugar.

Cooking P's Food
After cutting ingredients, put it in the pan with coconut oil and water. Super easy!

Basic Process

  • First, I cook all meats, daikon, sweet potato, shiitake mushroom, hijiki, lentil beans, spices, coconut oil on low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • Once cooked, stop the heat, add other vegetables (Red paprika, Broccoli) into the freshly cooked pan of food. Mix lightly and cover, leave it another half an hour to an hour. That will gently cook the fresh vegetables without stripping all the nutrients.
  • Finally, I put all that into my mixer and grind them all up. Place it in small containers and freeze to keep.
  • When it time to use, I defrost the frozen food in the refrigerator and warm it up in a small pan each time I feed my dog. I do add some supplements but maybe I’ll talk about that in some other time 🙂

Thoughts…

Since we opted out of surgery for P, due to her age and the reoccurrence rate of this type of cancer, we were told her life expectancy was a couple months. In the first half of her recovery, it was rough. She had so little energy, laying limp on our bed. I would just hold her and cry.

I’ve learned that each body is unique. At that time, medication was not yet working for her (…and I was mad at medication 😓). So I just had to play around and find the right amount and combination that works for her body. During that period, her BGL went down to 30s (normal range is said to be 80-120 mg/dl). That’s a number where you get the seizure—our vets were extremely concerned, but fortunately, she didn’t have any seizure—I believe due to Cannabis oil which is known for the anticonvulsant properties.

I’m happy to say she’s still with us after almost 7 months. And after we put her on chemotherapy pill (palladia), something clicked for the better.  There are so many layers of why she’s still with us. Not just because of that pill, nor I cook for her, gives her medications, use cannabis oil, give her energy healing and/or body massage. She’s here because…well, I don’t know why exactly. But all I know is while she’s here, I am going to love her and cherish her with all of my heart! I appreciate every help and guidance I’ve gotten. Thank you!

Source

the DOG CANCER diet (PDF) by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM

CPmom

CPmom is a creator. She was born and raised in Japan for the first half of her life. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and 2 senior dogs named "C" and "P" (hence I am CPmom ;b). "C" was born in 2004. He's a handsome and intelligent Chihuahua that runs his humans' life. "P"—also born in 2004—is shy and timid, but a real sweetheart once you get to know her. They are rescue dogs.