Archives for October 2011

Cancer in Pets: The Importance of Glutamine and Arginine in Nutrition

A number of various nutrients have been recommended as supplements in pet nutrition of the cancer patient.  The most commonly recommended nutrients include glutamine, arginine, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.  However, there are few if any controlled studies showing … [Read more...]

Cancer in Pets: The Importance of Protein in Nutrition

The preferred amount of protein intake in small animal cancer patients is unknown and controversial.   One estimate of protein requirement in the canine and feline cancer patient with normal liver and kidney function is 4-6 grams/kg per day and 6 grams/kg per day, … [Read more...]

Pancreatitis in Dogs

The canine pancreas is an organ that is located next to the stomach and first part of the small intestines.  It is composed of 2 parts: the smaller endocrine portion, which is responsible for secreting hormones such as insulin and glucagon, and the larger exocrine portion, … [Read more...]

Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis is a condition of significant inflammation in the pancreas.  The pancreas is located next to the stomach and the first part of the small intestinal tract.  The function of the pancreas is to release certain hormones into the blood stream and to release digestive … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Getting a Diagnosis

It is not possible to recommend treatment and offer a prognosis for a dog or cat with cancer without a specific diagnosis.  cancer in animals is not a single disease process.  It consists of over 100 different types of diseases that can be grouped into several major … [Read more...]