The KetoPet Sanctuary was founded in 2014 by Dr. Lisa Freeman as a 501 (c )(3) non-profit organization. The sanctuary was developed to provide shelter dogs with terminal cancer with a forever home. The adopted dogs were generally provided a remaining life expectancy of only a few weeks. However, their time at the KetoPet Sanctuary often provides significantly more time.
Once dogs arrive at the shelter, they are placed on a ketogenic diet (high fat, recommended amount of protein, and low carb) as their primary form of cancer treatment. Diet… as a form of cancer treatment. To determine how their body is reacting to ketosis, their ketone and glucose levels are monitored. This is known as nutrition therapy, and you would be amazed with the results.
In addition to nutrition therapy, the highest standard of veterinary care is provided. The KetoPet Sanctuary is well-known for their advanced cancer-related technologies as well as their team of world-class experts. Depending on the type of cancer, and the severity, as well as the individual dog, surgery, chemo, radiation, exercise programs, and hyperbaric oxygen treatment may also be applied as a form of treatment.
KetoPet Sanctuary also utilizes a unique diagnostic imaging technique known as FDG-PET, or fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography, to view tumors and check progress. The cost of this is extremely high in most cases which is why it’s most commonly only used for human cases.
Case Study: Vizsla with Hemangiosarcoma
She was thought to have a litter of six puppies inside her abdomen only to discover it wasn’t ALL puppies after all. Instead, it was a large hemangiosarcoma tumor with ONE puppy. Cali underwent surgery to remove the tumor and was provided six weeks to live.
Once she arrived at KetoPet Sanctuary, she was placed on a raw ketogenic diet, just as all the dogs are, and scanned. The scan revealed terrible news; the hemangiosarcoma had already spread all throughout the body. Three years later, in 2017, she continued to be cancer-free maintaining the ketogenic diet!
In ketosis, the body uses fat as a primary source of fuel. The ketogenic diet has been found to significantly lower blood glucose levels. This is critical as glucose fuels cancer; cancer has a sweet tooth, it enjoys sugar. The ketogenic diet doesn’t provide cancer with the opportunity to feed essentially starving it to death.
It’s been shown to be particularly effective at helping dogs with cancer, because it helps reduce inflammation and pain in their bodies. It also helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which reduces insulin production. This helps prevent cancer cells from growing out of control and spreading throughout the body.
Keto diets have been shown to decrease the size of tumors and increase survival rates for dogs with cancer. Dogs with certain types of cancer may benefit more from a keto diet than others, but it’s never too late to start feeding your dog this way if he or she has been diagnosed with cancer.